The White Death

Dear Reader,

Seventy five years ago this month a horror winter began in northern Europe. It was particularly devastating for war-ravaged Germany, where it became known as the Weiße Tod, the white death.

A fascinating new podcast by Deustchlandfunk recounts how temperatures had already fallen to zero in October in north Germany in what would turn out to be the coldest winter of the 20th century.

By November, Hamburg no longer had enough coal to offer heating to its malnourished population, many of whom were living in the rubble of bombed-out buildings.

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