A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War: Russia, by Willy Peter Reese

By Willy Peter Reese

A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of battle, Russia 1941-44 is the haunting memoir of a tender German soldier at the Russian entrance in the course of international battle II. Willy Peter Reese was once merely 20 years outdated while he came across himself marching via Russia with orders to take no prisoners.

Three years later he was once lifeless. Bearing witness to--and partaking in--the atrocities of warfare, Reese recorded his reflections in his diary, abandoning an clever, touching, and illuminating point of view on existence at the jap entrance. He documented the carnage perpetrated through each side, the destruction which was once exacerbated by way of the younger soldiers' starvation, frostbite, exhaustion, and their day-by-day fight to outlive. And he wrestled along with his personal sins, with the conclusion that what he and his fellow infantrymen had performed to civilians and enemies alike was once unforgivable, together with his growing to be knowledge of the Nazi rules towards Jews, and along with his deep disillusionment with himself and his fellow men.

An foreign sensation, A Stranger to Myself is an unforgettable account of guys at warfare.

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Without having improved appreciably in virtue or enjoying wiser guidance, it has got into its hands for the first time the tools by which it can unfailingly accomplish its own extermination. That is the point in human destinies to which all the glories and toils of men have at last led them. They would do well to pause and 60 The Gathering Storm 61 ponder upon their new responsibilities. Death stands at attention, obedient, expectant, ready to serve, ready to shear away the peoples en masse; ready, if called on, to pulverise, without hope of repair, what is left of civilisation.

Baldwin was obliged to suspend, as it proved for ever, those very payments on the American debt which he had forced on the Bonar Law Cabinet of 1923, confidence and credit were restored. There was an overwhelming majority for the new Administration. Mr. MacDonald as Prime Minister was only followed by seven or eight members of his own party; but barely a hundred of his Labour opponents and former followers were returned to Parliament. His health and powers were failing fast, and he reigned in increasing decrepitude at the summit of the British system for nearly four fateful years.

It seemed that only a The Gathering Storm 56 Government of all parties was capable of coping with the crisis. Mr. MacDonald and his Chancellor of the Exchequer, on a strong patriotic emotion, attempted to carry the mass of the Labour Party into this combination. Mr. Baldwin, always content that others should have the function so long as he retained the power, was willing to serve under Mr. MacDonald. It was an attitude which, though deserving respect, did not correspond to the facts. Mr. Lloyd George was still recovering from an operation – serious at his age; and Sir John Simon led the bulk of the Liberals into the allparty combination.

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