A New Beginning

Germany was on its knees in summer 1945. World War Two was finally over and its

devastating effects were felt everywhere. While the atrocities committed by the Wehrmacht were expected to isolate the shattered country for a long time, its people got back on their feet to rebuild their cities.

“Wolfszeit” by Harald Jähner is a multi-faceted 400-page portrait of a decade of chaos and creation. Jähner demonstrates his profound knowledge as he writes about the prospering black market, the difficulties in establishing democracy and people’s desire for some uplifting news in the midst of food scarcity and demolished infrastructure.

Wolfszeit. Deutschland und die Deutschen 1945 – 1955
By Harald Jähner
Published by Rowohlt (www.rowohlt.de)

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