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How the horrors of war continue after the fighting

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe. Viking, €31.50. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

14th July, 2012
Winston Churchill with Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, King George VI and Princess Margaret waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during VE Day celebrations. Photo: Getty

Savage: Continent Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe


On a quiet country road outside the German city of Wesel, shortly after the end of the second World War, a British lieutenant called Ray Hunting saw something just as horrific as anything he had witnessed during the conflict itself. A Red Army soldier approached an elderly local man, asked for the time, then calmly stabbed him to death to steal his...

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