We Germans

We Germans

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 06/08/2020
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Synopsis

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.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781529317244
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 315g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 142 x 28 mm

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We Germans
A thought provoking read
Stark but beautifully written, this is an excellent read. It was very interesting to read the German perspective on the Eastern front having read many Brit... READ MORE
Julie McDonald
We Germans
This brings to life the daily grind of war
I was drawn to this book as it tells the story of a young German soldier's experience in the war, a perspective that I have always been curious about. Th... READ MORE
Sarah Brown
We Germans
A German soldier's memoir of World War II on the Eastern Front
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 retrea... READ MORE
Graeme Lynch
We Germans
Interesting story from the Eastern Front
When Callum’s asks his grandfather about the war, the response was brief and terse. But then, in the following months, his grandfather writes a letter, det... READ MORE
Rachel Myers
We Germans
Quick yet impactful
An intimate portrait of life as a German soldier on the Eastern front of the Second World War, portrayed in a letter from a grandfather to his grandson, di... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
We Germans
Absorbing and Interesting
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher John Murray Press for the ARC. The Description for this book is so spot-on that I repeat it here: When a young Britis... READ MORE
Hazel.M
We Germans
Good story but a bit dull
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 ... READ MORE
John Glover
We Germans
The German point of view of world war 2
I got We Germans from Netgalley for a fair and honest review. We Germans, asks the question that the grandchildren of the soldiers that fought for the Na... READ MORE
mark Taylor
We Germans
Well worth reading
A German grandfather writes a letter to his grandson telling him about his experiences on the Eastern Front. Not my usually type of book but I found it fas... READ MORE
Brenda Birkett
We Germans
There is enough meat in this novel to make one believe that it could actually be biographical
I really am at a bit of a loss as to how to describe this book and so I want to state now that I enjoyed it and found it a fascinating take on WW2. There ... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson
We Germans
A moving account of the Eastern Front
Many books have been written about the Eastern Front in WW2, but few are drafted from the perspective of a young war-weary German foot soldier. The British... READ MORE
PETER COXALL
We Germans
A thoughtful historical story but lacking strong characters and an engaging plot
A German grandfather, who had previously refused to tell his Scottish grandson Callum anything about his time fighting for Germany in the second world war,... READ MORE
Elite Reviewing Group
We Germans
Would recommend!
A really great book, the letter was interesting a surprisingly well crafted in the narrative. Callum (the grandson) added is some incredibly helpful notes ... READ MORE
Jessica  Milverton
We Germans
The German perspective of the Eastern Front
Many books have been written about the Eastern Front in WW2, but few are drafted from the perspective of a young war-weary German foot soldier. The British... READ MORE
PETER COXALL
We Germans
Strongly recommend
This is a book I haven't been able to stop talking about since I finished it a few weeks ago. I have never read a WW2 novel written from the perspective of... READ MORE
jane philipson
We Germans
A stunning piece of writing
Firstly I want to thank the publishers and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an e-ARC of this book. It is very graphic and emotional writin... READ MORE
Sharyn Farnaby
We Germans
What was life like for German soldiers during the war?
What was life like for German soldiers during the war? Can any of us ever think what they experienced and lived through and how they moved on post war? A ... READ MORE
Julie Friar
We Germans
An interesting read
Prior to reading this book I recently took a trip to Krakow and Auschwitz, and have been reading a few tales of holocaust survivors; whilst these stories a... READ MORE
Aline Taylor
We Germans
A moving, sobering novel.
We Germans is told from the point of view of a German soldier on the Eastern Front. A young British man asks his German grandfather about his role in the w... READ MORE
Clare R
We Germans
WWII brought thoughtfully from the German perspective
We Germans is a thought provoking novel written in the style of a letter from a German grandfather to his Scottish grandson. He is answering questions abou... READ MORE
KimG9
We Germans
War fighting on the wrong side, if there is a right side!
This novel makes a really interesting read. At the very beginning is a letter from an old and very lonely German grandfather to his English grandson. Duri... READ MORE
Mary Price
We Germans
Horrifying and gruesome
This wasn't quite the book I was expecting; written in diary-style, alternating between the grandfather's and grandson's voices, it tells the true story of... READ MORE
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