Der Spiegel Article

As we are currently studying WW2 with a  focus on Hitler and Nazi Germany, I read an article for class from the popular German magazine Der Spiegel.

See- This website showed the difficulties Germany faced during WW2, specifically in Cologne towards the end of the war.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 1.51.42 PMAs  seen in this image, the website showed the event in a chronological order, starting with the Allies closing in on Germany by taking the surrounding countries/areas.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 1.51.54 PMI then learnt about the actual attack on Cologne, with the article focusing on the damage done to the city (e.g. “ruins of the city’s landmark Hohenzolem Bridge”).

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The article then describes the casualties caused by the allied attack, as “20,000 residents died in the air strikes” and “230,000 left homeless”.


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The article then showed aftermath of Cologne, which was the significant displacement of Germans who lived there.

Think- I think it was really interesting reading an article about an attack on Germany from a German point of view. From previous readings, allied victories are often written about from allied nationalities. Therefore, victories against Germany are often displayed in a more positive light, and the details of the damage done to the German people/country is not examined in detail. However , this article does the opposite and showed how the people of Germany were heavily affected, and how the city of Cologne was destroyed.

Wonder- I wonder how this magazine would describe conflicts between German and Allied troops, and whether they would focus more on the loss of German lives than Allied lives. I also wonder whether this article would count allied victories as “good” or “bad” or remain neutral.


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