Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Various reviews of Thomas Goodrich's "Hellstorm"
Reviews on Amazon:
1. By Bryan Odriscoll on October 27, 2012
This book was very difficult to read, not because it is poorly written, it isn't, but because of the subject matter. I frequently had to put it down because of the sheer horror of what was done to the helpless German people. I have been aware for years that vast crimes were committed by the 'liberators' of Europe during and after the war. The demonic creatures who instigated the war also planned and executed the destruction of all that was best about European civilization and its people in a welter of blood, murder, rape, torture and starvation. However, I had only absorbed snippets of what was done over time.
Goodrich brings it all together in a litany of woe that is hard to take, especially when one realizes that most of the perpetrators were never called to task for their sickening crimes, several living out their lives in comfort in Israel. Indeed, most of them thrived and many were and are lionized to this day. It says much about propaganda that blood-soaked monsters like Churchill, Rooseveldt, Eisenhower, Benes et al are still today regarded as heroic leaders. One wonders at the mentality of people like the American pilots who machine-gunned thousands of the shocked survivors of Dresden, the great majority of whom were women and children and injured, as well as the rescue crews. No doubt they stand proudly at veterens get-togethers for the part they played in 'making the world safe for democracy'.
It is notable also that the system still insists that a mere 35,000 died at Dresden when they know full well that the true number must be at least ten times greater. History is an agreed-upon set of lies by the victors where the alleged crimes of the defeated are exaggerated out of all proportion and the vast and very real crimes of the victors are minimized or ignored. Never has this been more true than of the period of European history between 1914 and 1950.
Goodrich is to be commended for doing so much to expose the monstrous crimes committed against the German people and the vile slanders laid against them ever since. Knowing this I can never help but sneer at the people who stand proudly at the Cenotaph in London each November 11th with their berets and medals and who to this day claim to have made the world a better place. No doubt, 'Hellstorm' will not be readily available in bookstores and libraries, unlike revolting works of fiction such as 'the man who broke into Auschwitz' and other fantasies. We can also be certain that Spielberg will not be making a blockbuster on the subject any time soon. Nevertheless, for those who want to know the truth and to get some understanding as to why our civilization is dying it shines as a terrible beacon in the world of lies in which we now live.
2. By J. Schafer on June 22, 2010
This book is brutally shocking in its eye-witness accounts of what happened to German citizens and soldiers as their nation fell to the Allies in World War Two. Many of these stories have never been told - particularly the role that the Western Powers played in the complete destruction of German civilian cities and the utter subjugation of the country's non-combatants. To those who think it was only the Russians who savaged Germany's women and children in the race to conquer Nazi Europe, think again. This is an eye-opening and unforgettable read -- a tragedy of epic proportions. Americans and Brits like to think that Roosevelt, Churchill, Truman and Eisenhower were good, decent men -- and for the most part, they probably were. But this book reveals a darker, more sinister side to the plans they mapped out -- not just for the destruction of the Nazi empire, but for ordinary German people. Tom Goodrich's book will make you wonder just who the good guys were in World War Two. As with so many things, the answer is gray and complicated.
3. By Friedrich P. Berg on September 11, 2010
Hellstorm is an excellent, well-written book about the horrors and madness that befell Germany during WW2, especially in the final months. The mass rapes and murders inflicted by the Russians are well-known. Goodrich, however, spends much time and space on the abuses, rapes, looting and murders and many other crimes perpetrated by GI s. In other words, the book is politically incorrect (PI?) but invaluable to anyone who wants to understand what was really happening, especially to ordinary Germans. The book is also notable for its absence of the, now, almost obligatory repetition of holocaust atrocity propaganda. For Goodrich, it seems the GI s were not the "greatest generation" but possibly the "worst." From page 344: "While Western leaders such as Winston Churchill expressed astonishment at the tragedy they had wrought in eastern Germany, little was said about the deliberate starvation of the rest of the Reich, and utter silence prevailed concerning the Allied torture chambers in Germany and Poland, the on-the-spot massacre of Nazi Party members and SS troops, or the death camps run by Eisenhower." Goodrich has, at the very least, helped to break the silence.
4. By Joe Briggs December 3, 2014
Every male should be forced to read this before he is 18 years old to understand the extent of the horrors, the agony, the senselessness and the brutality of war. It shook my soul. It illustrates that there were no angles; no good guys fighting for 'liberty and freedom' in WWII. The attention only goes to the looser, the German people, and the crimes of the Russians and the allies - who were many times worse, went unrewarded. It also reveals for anyone who had read Mien Kampf an any of the speeches of Goebbels, etc., that their fear of Russian Marxism and communism, anchored by the accurate term "Jews", was indeed justified. It describes the callous disregard for human life expressed by the Morganthau Plan, and takes genocide to new level. It certainly makes one re-evaluate the water that IKE walked on, and develops a healthy respect for Gen. Patton - who seemed to be one of few sane leaders left after the politicians and policy makers got involved at the end of hostilities. Its a book about the absolute horrors of war, and that the end of the war is just the begging of the suffering and misjustice.
5. By L. Munoz November 16, 2014
Goodrich takes you to the very scenes of hell. I had to repeatedly set the book down while reading...to collect myself. The book was so emotionally wrenching for me that I had insomnia after starting it. It has had such an immense impact on me personally that I felt I must share my experience with fellow readers.
Relentless suffering and pain: that was the collective experience of the Red Army's tens of millions of victims and sufferers. In Hellstorm, we only obtain a mere semblance of what hell was from the victims' accounts because we, as fortunate ones, did not have to live this reality in all its bloody, fiery, icy, vindictive and horrific detail.
As I read about the sinking of one refugee ship after another; as I read about one assault after another; as I read about one murdered child after another; as I read one account of what it was like to see people literally incinerated beyond recognition one after another by the hundreds or thousands; as I read about one case of robbery and home invasion and desecration with human **** after another - I was forced to ask myself that nagging, eternal and unavoidable cliché of a question: WHY?
Der Golem. That's why.