Forgotten Land by Max Egremont
Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia

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Until the end of World War II, East Prussia was the German empire’s farthest eastern redoubt, a thriving and beautiful land on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea. Now it lives only in history and in myth. Since 1945, the territory has been divided between Poland and Russia, stretching from the border between Russia and Lithuania in the east and south, and through Poland in the west. In Forgotten Land, Max Egremont offers a vivid account of this region and its people through the stories of individuals who were intimately involved in and transformed by its tumultuous history, as well as accounts of his own travels and interviews he conducted along the way.

Forgotten Land is a story of historical identity and character, told through intimate portraits of people and places. It is a unique examination of the layers of history, of the changing perceptions and myths of homeland, of virtue and of wickedness, and of how a place can still overwhelm those who left it years before.

 

About Max Egremont

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Max Egremont was born in 1948 and studied modern history at Oxford University. In addition to four novels, he is the author of three biographies, most recently Under Two Flags: The Life of Major General Sir Edward Spears. Egremont is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 385 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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A northern Baltic stronghold nestled presently between Gdansk, Poland, and Lithuania’s western border, East Prussia had been home to five centuries of highly evolved German civilization, from the crusading Teutonic Knights who wrested the land from the pagans, to the militarized aristocracy of Ju...

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In “Forgotten Land: Journeys Among the Ghosts of East Prussia,” Max Egremont tries to peel back the layers of history in a land whose fate was in its geography.

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In 1945, Stalin seized East Prussia, Germany's venerable redoubt on the Baltic Sea, as a spoil of war.

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The transfer after 1945 of western East Prussia from Germany to Poland was not such a great change because Poles had lived there for centuries, alongside the Prussians and Germans.

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Above all, The Forgotten Land bursts with life stories, from the landowners of old to those that survived expulsion after the war or have returned since to a land that will never be forgotten.

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London Review of Books

Situated high up on the interior south wall, it gives the dates of the Dönhoff family’s residence there over the centuries, ending ‘1945’: a message both to Russia and to those voices in Germany which called for a return of the former Prussian territories to German ownership.

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In Forgotten Land, Max Egremont offers a vivid account of this region and its people through the stories of individuals who were intimately involved in and transformed by its tumultuous history, as well as accounts of his own travels and interviews he conducted along the way.
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Herald Scotland

East Prussia ceased to be a formal entity after it was overrun by the Russian Army in the final months of the Second World War.

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