Walking Since Daybreak by Modris Eksteins
A Story of Eastern Europe, World War II, and the Heart of Our Century

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Part history, part autobiography, WALKING SINCE DAYBREAK tells the tragic story of the Baltic nations before, during, and after World War II. Personal stories of the survival or destruction of Modris Eksteins's family members lend an intimate dimension to this vast narrative of those millions who have surged back and forth across the lowlands bordering the Baltic Sea. The immense cataclysm of World War II devastated the Baltic republics of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, sending many of their inhabitants to the ends of the earth. WALKING SINCE DAYBREAK belongs in the great tradition of books that redefine our understanding of history, like J. R. Huizinga's THE WANING OF THE MIDDLE AGES and Jacob Burckhardt's THE RENAISSANCE IN ITALY. Eksteins's two-pronged narrative is a haunting portrait of national loss and the struggle of a displaced family caught in the maw of history.

About Modris Eksteins

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Modris Ekstein is a professor of history at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.
Published September 14, 2000 by Mariner Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Part history, part memoir, this unconventional account of the fate of the Baltic nations is also an important reassessment of WWII and its outcome.

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Eksteins's portrait of the Baltics, as well as of his family, is not one of victimhood: while many Baltic people later claimed they worked with the Nazis out of a desire to combat Bolshevism, the author is very clear that many willingly abetted the Holocaust.

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