Death in Danzig

2006, Author Stefan Chwin

The transitions that have shaped Europe are lived out in the lives of ordinary people.

Danzig was a German town that became Polish as the Russians closed in at the end of the Second World War. Some Germans left in a hurry to the sound of guns, others stayed. New people moved in from the east bearing their own frightening stories and rage. Old Europe died and the new order was established. Street names change, historical memory is lost, old relationships are broken and new ones take time to be established. New suspicions come with new value systems. Who does one trust?

There lingers in the pages of this book a faint taste of the old and the beginnings of the not yet established new. To feel these moments is to being to understand Europe.

Vintage 2006

Random house

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