Anyone know of this German book?

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Larso
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Anyone know of this German book?

Post by Larso » 17 Jul 2019 08:15

I'm looking to get back into my memoir reading (well, I've just read Holl's 'An Infantryman in Stalingrad', so I don't think I stopped!) but I'm hoping to use this thread to get some details to help me decide if something is worth getting.

First up is - 'Hitler's Great War: An Individualistic View from Below' by Baur, Ernst W.

It looks like he lived from 1919 to 2002, so I imagine he was a soldier? Has anyone read this? I'd love to know what unit or service he was with.

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Re: Anyone know of this German book?

Post by hucks216 » 17 Jul 2019 09:44

Can't help with that book I'm afraid but Adelbert Holl's story was continued in 2016 with the publication of 'After Stalingrad: Seven Years as a Soviet Prisoner of War' (ISBN: 978-1473856110).

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Re: Anyone know of this German book?

Post by Ken S. » 18 Jul 2019 19:56

As it happens I have been reading Baur's book the last few days, having recently purchased it for quite a low price on e--y. Overall, I found it an interesting read, but unfortunately isn't very detailed and could have used an editor. Baur was a member of 3./IR19 and participated in the Polish campaign then transferred to a medical unit in 1940 and spent much of the war either studying medicine or at a hospital, including one in Ukraine (1943). He claims to have been involved in the Freiheitsaktion Bayern at the end of the war. All throughout the book he expresses his disdain for Hitler, Nazi regime, and militarism in general. He seems to have had a particular dislike for his company commander while with IR19, Ernst Ferber, who survived the war became Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe during the mid-1970s.

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Re: Anyone know of this German book?

Post by Larso » 19 Jul 2019 13:12

Thanks Ken - the perfect answer!

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