What is the definitive book on the wwii battle of stalingrad. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. Oct 30, 2017 it depends on how you want to look at the battle. A selection of letters written by officers and men of the german army in stalingrad in 1943, when they knew that they were surrounded and expected to be killed. Last letters from stalingrad is a hardtoget book that has been challenged for veracity but provides a personal glimpse of the end. Healthwise i am ok and i thank god for it, because the fighting here is very vicious. In just the last two days, our battalion has lost 60 killed, injured and. Sep, 2018 goebbels had given an order after the defeat at stalingrad that the letters, the last letters flown back, should be assembled and some day they should make a wonderful, heroic book out of them.
Led by adolf hitler, who insisted that his forces fight to the last man and bullet, the sixth army became enticed by an objective that continued to be just past their grasp. The following note appeared as a postscript to the german. The letters penned by the german soldiers as the battle of stalingrad raged. Paper back book 127 pageswith illustrations by szegedi szuts. Feb 03, 2018 read by george vukelich from the book last letters from stalingrad during a 1988 radio program. Its main focus is the battle of stalingrad, in particular the period from the initial german attack to operation uranus and the soviet victory. Letzte briefe aus stalingrad is an anthology of letters from german soldiers who took part in the battle for stalingrad during world war ii. This rare book was lent to me by my pastor, father matt. The book starts with operation barbarossa, the german invasion of the ussr in june 1941, and the subsequent drive into the soviet union. Last letters from stalingrad by abcclio, hardcover barnes. Marcel therouxs the secret books is published by faber.
Last letters from stalingrad pdf stalingrad, battle of, volgograd, russia, translated by franz schneider and charles gullans. The letters, of course, were carefully selected, but soldiers had credibility, and the booklet surely had an impact. Stalingrad, battle of, volgograd, russia, 19421943, last letters before death, world war. Viktor shtrum also receives, passed from hand to hand, a last letter from his mother, massacred by the nazis in the. Dec 25, 2009 george vukelich reads from last letters from stalingrad during a 1988 radio program i recorded in madison wi. Last letters from stalingrad by, 1965, new american library edition, in english. Last letters from stalingrad book by franz schneider, charles. He also wrote the greatest book about that battle, called stalingrad. I had no friends, and you know why they wanted to have nothing to do with me. If there is only one book on stalingrad that you want to read, then i would suggest enemy at the gates by craig. Last letters from stalingrad has 1 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. Last letters from stalingrad the doomed men of hitlers sixth army schneider, franz and charles cullans translators published by signet, new york, ny 1965.
Last letters home from the soldiers of the german sixth army as it awaits its fate during the closing days of the battle for stalingrad. How does a historian of war sustain any faith in humanity. The letters and fragments of letters that follow were originally published in germany in 1954. A reporter at large about austrian and german efforts to locate and memorialize their war dead from the battle of stalingrad. Jun 07, 2019 the received wisdom about this book is that it was an orthodox soviet account of the siege of stalingrad and that it lacked the complexity and merit of life and fate. I saw enemy at the gates which has a memorable beginning as russian soldiers are brought to the west bank of the volga by train, given not enough weapons because the survivors will pick them up from those shot in front of them. Stalingrad french maclean author books by french maclean.
Letter sent by a german soldier few days before the battle of stalingrad translated, original german source included hi everyone, i found a really moving and depressing letter a young german soldier wrote to his father a few days before the end of the battle of stalingrad sent in januar 1943, describing his feelings towards his death. Last letters from stalingrad translated by franz schneider and charles gullans the letters and fragments of letters that follow were originally published in germany in 1954 by the c. Excerpt from a letter of private first class walter oppermann, no. Last letters from stalingrad by schneider, franz, 1928 tr.
Journal of a three months tour in the united states by szegedi szuts, s. Originally published in west germany in 1950, the book was translated into many languages, and has been issued in numerous editions. Stu levitan reads last letters from stalingrad, in memory of george papa hambone vukelich. I used to have a 1st printing of the book, read it and gave it away. Revisiting the battle of stalingrad through german letters. I was in my teens when i first read this anthology of letters from the last german troops left alive at the end of the siege of stalingrad. Lost are only those, who abandon themselves hansulrich rudel. Letzte briefe aus stalingrad, an anthology of letters from german soldiers who took part in the battle for stalingrad during world war ii.
Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. These letters, from 7 bags of mail flown out of stalingrad on the last plane, never reached their destination. Last letters from stalingrad is an anthology of letters from german soldiers who took part in the create a book download as pdf printable version. Helmut walz was one of those who took part in this struggle, and he vividly reveals just what it was like. Bertelsmann verlag now sigbert mohn verlag, guetersloh, under the title letzte briefe aus stalingrad. Letter sent by a german soldier few days before the battle of.
The man who wrote these letters was a german war correspondent, named heinz schroeter, who reported from the stalingrad pocket. German soldier, stalingrad eastern front testimonies. The letters penned by the german soldiers as the battle of stalingrad raged on around them were infused with candor. It was the bloodiest battle of world war two so brutal the soviet union suppressed the truth.
Stalingrad was the perfect storm that would lead to the death of an army the german sixth army. Grossman consciously took on the role of red tolstoy. Doubts about the authenticity of the letters are scattered around the internet. If you seek scholarship, then anything on stalingrad from beevor or house is good. Letter sent by a german soldier few days before the battle. This is a book to be absorbed over the course of a life, read and reread from new perspectives. Letzte briefe aus stalingrad is an anthology of letters from german soldiers who took part in the battle for stalingrad. Germans who read it, even if they had doubts about adolf hitler, were likely to conclude that national socialism was surely preferable to bolshevism. I read with interest christoph gottesmanns letter casting.
A book came out in english during the war called the year of stalingrad. Last letters from stalingrad, franz schneider, charles b. Dec 06, 2010 despite all the doubts about their authenticity, last letters from stalingrad ultimately remains controversial, especially whether and to what extent the letters, first published in 1950, are edited, manipulated or falsified. It is a heartwrenching collection of letters that were supposedly on the last plane from stalingrad before the pocket collapsed and the remnants of 6th army were taken prisoner by. Rare is the book that weighs the same as an artillery shell, rarer still one that weighs on the conscience as if a moral obligation. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Powell in 1956, 1 and has been issued in numerous editions. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle. Hitlers plan to invade the soviet union went awry when moscow and leningrad. Last letters from stalingrad is a play created by director james pelton from the letters written by such soldiers. Stalingrad, 19421943 the infernal cauldron, stephen walsh, jan 10. Last letters from stalingrad 1965 edition open library.
Last letters from stalingrad real theatre company at the broadway arts center if you were given the knowledge that you probably didnt have long to live, but you did have the chance to write one. Originally published in west germany in 1950, the book was translated into many languages into english by anthony g. Last letters from stalingrad was a book full of garbage. Schroeter wrote the letters from the point of view of the german soldiers he had come to know during the siege. Because stalingrad had been the most grotesque disaster, the project was slapped down. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The print run was not detailed, the book printed using the simplest of papers and released as a paperback clearly it was not meant to be kept for a long time. For example, on stalingrad, i remember when i started doing my background reading, one of the great books was letzte briefe aus stalingrad, which translates as last letters from stalingrad. Editions of last letters from stalingrad by franz schneider.
Last letters from stalingrad by david tanenbaum on apple. Helmut walz the brutality of the house to house fighting in stalingrad almost defies imagination. Stalingrad, battle of, volgograd, russia, 19421943, last letters before death, world war, 19391945, german personal narratives. Edition notes translation of letzte briefe aus stalingrad. Last letters from stalingrad by franz schneider goodreads. Last letter from istanbul by lucy foley is a story about constantinople in 1921 and the allied occupation. Read by george vukelich from the book last letters from stalingrad during a 1988 radio program.
Of the 300,000 men in that army, only about 5,000 survived. The letters were written by the surviving members of the sixth german army which, because of hitlers ambitious overextension, became a. Found the full version of this letter in the english edition of the book last letters from stalingrad. Letters from the battle of stalingrad russia beyond. Publication date 1965 topics stalingrad, battle of, volgograd, russia, 19421943, world war, 19391945, last letters before death publisher new york. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. Jun 03, 2019 stalingrad by vasily grossman, translated by robert and elizabeth chandler, is published by harvill secker. Stalingrad and life and fate are modelled on war and peace the only book grossman said he was able to read at the front. Alexander werth and jochen hellbeck, however, analyze stalingrad in a new light in an attempt to explain the mentality of the soviets during the battle of stalingrad. Originally published in west germany in 1950, the book was translated into. The letters and diary entries were direct and animated testimonials of the battle of stalingrad from the front lines, a long way off from the trenches and the bunkers. Despite all the doubts about their authenticity, last letters from stalingrad ultimately remains controversial, especially whether and to what extent the letters, first published in 1950, are edited, manipulated or falsified. Marshall, translated by franz schneider and charles gullans. Last letters from stalingrad is an anthology of letters from german soldiers who took part in the battle for stalingrad during world war ii.962 986 668 1005 347 867 1591 758 816 780 273 381 367 29 1319 771 1195 1513 135 806 1077 1553 1040 1660 587 279 870 1394 2 631 1336 117 1324 696 1368 1024 1457 204 824 708 1199 393 722 372 977 801 334 609 867