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On the first day of September 1939, shellfire swept across the European continent with lightning speed.
The most massive war in human history enshrouded 61 countries and more than 2 billion people around the world in the smoke of gunpowder.
In the eyes of the author, Ian Buruma, the year of victory 1945 was year zero for the beginning of the modern world, namely the starting point of the New World.
His father is Dutch, and his mother is a German Jew living in Great Britain.