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Author: Filip Slaveski

Title: The Soviet Occupation of Germany

Subtitle: Hunger, Mass Violence and the Struggle for Peace, 1945–1947

Place: Cambridge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Year: 2013

Pages: 183pp.

ISBN-13: 9781107043817 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | German History, Russian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War


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Author: Filip Slaveski, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University


  List of tables and map (p. viii)
  Preface (p. ix)
  Acknowledgements (p. xiv)
  List of abbreviations (p. xvi)
  Part I The explosion of violence (p. 1)
  1 The Soviet advance into Germany (p. 3)
  2 Inheriting wartime chaos (p. 12)
  3 Bringing soldiers to heel after the war (p. 28)
  4 SVAG-Army conflicts in 'peacetime' (p. 44)
  5 Suicide, apathy, violence (p. 61)
  6 The muted German response to violence (p. 71)
  Part II The Beginnings of Peace and Stability (p. 85)
  7 The struggle to feed Germany (p. 87)
  8 The politics of food and peaceful protest (p. 103)
  9 Building the SED (p. 117)
  10 The shift in policy and end of chaos (p. 127)
  Conclusion (p. 147)
  Map (p. 151)
  Bibliography (p. 152)
  Index (p. (p. 165)

Description: »This is a major new account of the Soviet occupation of postwar Germany and the beginning of the Cold War. Dr Filip Slaveski shows how in the immediate aftermath of war the Red Army command struggled to contain the violence of soldiers against German civilians and, at the same time, feed and rebuild the country. This task was then assumed by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany (SVAG) which was established to impose order on this chaos. Its attempt, however, intensified the battle for resources and power among competing occupation organs, especially SVAG and the army, which spilled over from threats and sabotage into fighting and shootouts in the streets. At times, such conflicts threatened to paralyse occupation governance, leaving armed troops, liberated POWs and slave labourers free to roam. SVAG's successes in reducing the violence and reconstructing eastern Germany were a remarkable achievement in the chaotic aftermath of war.« (Source: Cambridge University Press)


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Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence: Rape during the occupation of Germany, Soviet occupation zone, Soviet war crimes, World War II