Prague in Danger: The Years of German Occupation, 1939-45: Memories and History, Terror and Resistance, Theater and Jazz, Film and Poetry, Politics and War

Prague in Danger: The Years of German Occupation, 1939-45: Memories and History, Terror and Resistance, Theater and Jazz, Film and Poetry, Politics and War

Peter Demetz


A dramatic account of lifestyles in Czechoslovakia's nice capital through the Nazi Protectorate With this successor publication to Prague in Black and Gold, his account of greater than 1000 years of significant eu background, the good pupil Peter Demetz specializes in simply six brief years--a tormented, tragic, and unforgettable time. He used to be dwelling in Prague then--a "first-degree half-Jew," in keeping with the Nazis' bad categories--and right here he joins his aim chronicle of town below German profession along with his own stories of that interval: from the sour morning of March 15, 1939, whilst Hitler arrived from Berlin to set his seal at the Nazi takeover of the Czechoslovak govt, till the liberation of Bohemia in April 1945, after lengthy seasons of incredible discomfort and pain. Demetz expertly interweaves a very good account of the German authorities' diplomatic, monetary, and armed forces machinations with an excellent description of Prague's evolving resistance and underground competition. together with his deepest studies, he bargains the heretofore untold background of an bubbling, unstoppable Prague whose urbane center went on beating regardless of the deportations, murders, cruelties, and violence: a Prague that stored its German- and Czech-language theaters open, its fabled movie studios functioning, its youngsters in class and at paintings, and its newspapers on press. This complicated, constantly incredible publication is stuffed with infrequent human element and heat, the gripping tale of a good urban assembly the twin problem of career and of conflict.

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