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By Vasily Grossman

Whilst the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman grew to become a unique correspondent for the pink superstar, the Soviet Army's newspaper, and suggested from the frontlines of the struggle. A author at battle depicts in shiny element the crushing stipulations at the jap entrance, and the lives and deaths of infantrymen and civilians alike. Witnessing the most savage scuffling with of the struggle, Grossman observed firsthand the repeated early defeats of the purple military, the brutal highway combating in Stalingrad, the conflict of Kursk (the biggest tank engagement in history), the safeguard of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and masses extra.

Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova have taken Grossman's uncooked notebooks, and formed them right into a gripping narrative supplying probably the most even-handed descriptions --at as soon as unflinching and delicate -- we've ever had of what Grossman referred to as "the ruthless fact of war".

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Some two-thirds of the memoir is biographical, dealing with subjects unrelated to the liberation of Auschwitz: family life, marriage, and military training and service, as well as observations about the Russian Civil War, the Leningrad Affair, and the East German revolt of 1953. ” 7 An exception to his lack of political involvement occurred in 1951, when he was stationed in East Germany and complained to a Soviet general about the impact of Stalinist repression on the military. When warned that such complaints could adversely affect his career, he dropped the subject.

5 Stalin’s antisemitism was further restrained by the internationalism of the communist ideology. 6 To focus unduly on Stalin’s role, and on antisemitism in general, one would have to ignore the place of contingency and pragmatism in specific Soviet decisions regarding the Holocaust. It also diverts attention from broader ideological considerations, particularly the Party’s unwillingness to define its Jews as members of a nation and its call for their complete assimilation into the general population.

8 He also quietly went along with the sanctions imposed on his friend and colleague, the dissident General Petr Grigor´evich Grigorenko. At best, one can say that Petrenko’s attitude toward Soviet policies was naive, if not compliant. The sections of the book dealing with the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz indicate Petrenko’s complete surprise at the horrors he encountered there, but the experience had no immediate or long-term effect on his personality or broader outlook. 10 Petrenko conjectures that if instead of “gold, ” Stalin had uttered the word “horror,” the Vistula-Oder commanders would have taken measures to defeat even more rapidly the “Hitlerites” (the term generally used by Soviet writers for the Nazis) who defended the region of the camp, thereby maximizing the number of prisoners who could have been saved.

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