We Germans

We Germans

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When a young British man asks his German grandfather what it was like to fight on the wrong side of the war, the question is initially met with irritation and silence. But after the old man's death, a long letter to his grandson is found among his things.

That letter is this book. In it, he relates the experiences of an unlikely few days on the Eastern Front - at a moment when he knows not only that Germany is going to lose the war, but that it deserves to. He writes about his everyday experience amid horror, confusion and great bravery, and he asks himself what responsibility he bears for the circumstances he found himself in. As he tries to find an answer he can live with, we hear from his grandson what kind of man he became in the seventy years after the war.

We Germans is a fundamentally human novel that grapples with the most profound of questions about guilt, shame and responsibility - questions that remain as live today as they have always been.

Title:We Germans
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781529317244
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    We Germans Reviews

  • Sid Nuncius

    We Germans is a thoughtful and involving book from an unusual and revealing perspective. It is in the form of a letter from a German veteran of the Eastern Front in the Second World War, responding to...

  • Gram

    This book comprises a long letter from a German grandfather to his British grandson about his final days on the Eastern Front as a Wehrmacht soldier retreating from the Red Army's onslaught. As he ack...

  • Diamond

    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I'm really glad that I've got the e-copy of this book and read it with a great interest. When I saw the description, I...

  • Sue Plant

    would like to thank netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this bookthis story is based on a letter written to by a german to his grandson who lived in scotland...its an insightful story as ...

  • Keith Currie

    Know thyselfThe Scottish grandson of a WW2 German soldier asks his grandfather what were his experiences in the war. The old man refuses to answer and sulks. Years later the grandson finds a letter le...

  • Anne

    Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC. I liked the premise of this book in that it offered an alternative perspective of WWII told by a German soldier and his part in the war w...

  • Alyssia Cooke

    We Germans is a fiction book that reads like a non-fiction, although this doesn't make it any less accessible or interesting. Set out as a letter from a grandfather to his grandson, in it he depicts t...

  • Alex (Gadget Girl 71)

    We all know what WWII was like from the British view point, but have you ever wondered what it was like to be on the losing side? I have many many times, my parents grew up during the war. My mother &...

  • Elite Group

    A thoughtful historical story but lacking strong characters and an engaging plotA German grandfather, who had previously refused to tell his Scottish grandson Callum anything about his time fighting f...

  • Dave Wheeler

    Well wow were do I start, one man British asked his German Grandad what's it like to fight on the wrong side of the war, later he gets an answer written by his Grandad full of emotion and truth from h...