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Soldiers' Field: A Novel of Postwar Germany (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Raymond M. Weinstein

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"Soldiers' Field" is the story of David Streiber, his remembrance of his time in Germany decades earlier when he was a 19-year-old American soldier. It is 1959, the war has been over for 14 years, but pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic sentiments are still strong. Before he leaves home, the Jewish G.I. is warned not to get involved with the German people and not to get married, two situations that trouble him during his tour of duty. He is stationed in Nuremberg near the site of the Nazi Party Rallies of the 1930s. From his barracks window, he can see part of the Tribune, the grandstand where Hitler sounded threats of war to multitudes of spectators, legions of German troops, and international media. The U.S. Army renamed the grounds Soldiers' Field and staged its parades there. The novel focuses on the young man's confrontations with, and reactions to, important social issues: sexual liasons with German women, racist attitudes in the military, interracial fraternization, tensions between white and black soldiers on post, segregated G.I. bars off post, and German-Jewish reconciliation.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 1376 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 853
  • Editore: Raymond M. Weinstein (19 aprile 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B007W53HDI
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #449.672 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 su 5 stelle  12 recensioni
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Soldiers' Field Revisited 23 luglio 2012
Di Troubleshooter - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Having been stationed at Merrell Barracks during the same time period of the book, it brings back many 50+ year old memories.
Ray has managed to cover the life of the average GI during this time frame, and once I started reading his book,
I was unable to put it down. Since I had also traveled many of the same paths Ray leads one down in the book, it kept
my attention from beginning to end.
Good work Ray.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Memories Recalled 12 giugno 2012
Di argo - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Ray Weinstein has provided a vivid portrait of what it was like for a young, Jewish soldier in Germany only 14 years after the war, enjoying life, especially with women, but also wondering, as the rest of us stationed in Nuremberg at that time, what each local over the age of 30 was doing during the war. He has an uncanny ability to recall so many years later the feelings of a 19 year old coming of age far from the family he wants to escape, but gaining the maturity to plan for his future and coming to terms with his Jewishness. Soldiers Field, the site of Hitler's rallies, had a powerful impact on him and is the perfect title for Weinstein's novel.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Soldier's Life 19 settembre 2013
Di Tom Spahr - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This book would be enjoyed by anyone who has experienced the life of being in the service. So many times while reading "Soldiers' Field" I thought I was reading about myself. That brought back some very fond memories.
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5.0 su 5 stelle GIs in Cold War Germany 9 luglio 2013
Di Master Gunner - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This is a very good book. The writing is excellent, the structure is right for the story, and the truths expressed are important and convincing. I found the book to be both enjoyable and informative.

Readers of this review should know that I was an American soldier stationed in Germany about the time of the setting of the book. My post was Henry Kaserne in Munich, from mid-June 1960 to mid-December 1962. David Streiber, the protagonist of Soldiers" Field, spent his last months in Germany at Henry Kaserne, leaving in June 1960. My experiences at that time and place explain my initial interest in Ray Weinstein's book. Despite that partially shared experience, the book gave me reasons to keep turning pages until I finished reading the entire book.

The experiences of a young Jewish soldier from New York City going to Germany, the land of Nazis and the Holocaust, are effectively presented by Weinstein in Soldiers" Field. I learned as David Streiber recalled Jewish history when he visited Soldiers" Field in Nuremberg, the site of Hitler's Nazi Party rallies. I cringed as I read about David's visit to the concentration camp in Dachau. I visualized what David's visit to Israel was like. I went numb when I read Karin's words to David when he told her he wouldn't marry her: "Is good what Hitler did to Yooden."

A major theme in the book involves the relationships between American soldiers and German women. Weinstein describes three categories of women. At the top were the "nice" German girls. For the most part, these women did not date American soldiers. The middle group were girls who dated U.S. soldiers, but only white GIs. The third group consisted of women who would date black soldiers. The women in this third group were ostracized by German civilians and by white American soldiers. This rings true to me, although I remember exceptions to these exclusive categories. Also, there were American girls in Munich, mostly students, and some of us were lucky enough to meet and date these young women.

The theme of tension between white and black soldiers in the U.S. Army also describes truth. Although the integration of the Army was signed into law by President Truman in 1948, it took several years into the 1950s to make the integration a reality. In the late 1950s - early 1960s, the civil rights gains of 1964 had still not been realized. My own experience in a tank battalion in Munich was that there were many black soldiers in our unit, but few racially motivated incidents between whites and blacks. There were also many black noncommissioned officers. I don't recall that there were any black officers in our battalion. As described by Weinstein, off post there was de facto segregation between white and black soldiers in Munich as well as in Nuremberg.

I recommend this book to all readers. For students of history, this is an important contribution to a better understanding of a period of the Cold War that many people are not aware of - namely, the years between the Korean War and the Vietnam War. For those who love to read a well-written story that holds your interest, this book will reward you.
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3.0 su 5 stelle It's okay 4 maggio 2013
Di Charles Hall - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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An awful lot of discussion about his sexual escapades, but a little bit of historical information about this time and place in history.

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