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Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
My history teacher in Germany asked me a long time ago: "Ursula, what happened in 1917?" My answer was: "My grandfather was 19 and wounded in the first World war. He was sent home, survived, married my grandmother and had 3 children, one is my father. His injuries made him unfit for battle in the following war, in which he stayed home and protected our little village... I could go on and on and of course this was not the answer my teacher was looking for. The pathos after WW2 in Germany was palpable and my generation's empathy for our silenced elders avoided the ever present elephant in the room. The first pages of this book touched me in ways I can't describe. I love all of Professor Hanson's writings, I don't just read it, I bath in it.