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The AustralianA detailed and disturbing portrait of a so-called average German soldier of the time. . . . Jarausch has edited 350 of his father's letters, sent from occupied Poland and the PoW camps in Russia between 1939 until his death. His father was too old at 40 to be involved in fighting but he was close enough to the front to give gruesome accounts of the enormous Russian death toll in the camps. . . . [W]hat these letters reveal in astonishing detail is that his belief in German superiority begins to weaken as he notices and hears of the murderous German reprisals, shootings and ethnic cleansing.
— Louis Nowra