Hitler's Niece / Edition 1

Hitler's Niece / Edition 1

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by Ron Hansen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060932201

ISBN-13: 2900060932205

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

In September 1931, a 23-year-old woman was found dead in the Munich flat owned by Adolf Hitler, an unfinished letter on her desk and his handgun on the floor beside her. She was Geli Raubal, the daughter of Hitler's widowed half-sister, and, as Hitler later melodramatically claimed, the only woman he ever loved.

Although he had known of Geli since her birth, he

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In September 1931, a 23-year-old woman was found dead in the Munich flat owned by Adolf Hitler, an unfinished letter on her desk and his handgun on the floor beside her. She was Geli Raubal, the daughter of Hitler's widowed half-sister, and, as Hitler later melodramatically claimed, the only woman he ever loved.

Although he had known of Geli since her birth, he was aloof from his Austrian family during his first years as head of the struggling Nazi Party. But in 1927, six years before he became chancellor, Hitler invited his half-sister to become housekeeper of his alpine home in Obersalzberg and to bring along her daughter, offering to pay for Geli's medical studies at the university in Munich. Seeing his niece on a daily basis, he soon fell jealously in love, for Geli was, as Hitler's friends later said, an enchantress, pretty, fun-loving, witty, flirtatious, and able, as no one else was, to put her strange, high-strung uncle at ease.

In a carefully researched historical novel that is haunting, unflinching, shocking, profound, and as compulsively readable as a psychological thriller, Ron Hansen presents Adolf Hitler as he has never before been seen in fiction, but as his intimates must have seen him. And through the eyes of a favorite niece who has been all but lost to history, we see the frightening rise in prestige and political power of a vain, vulgar, sinister man who thrived on hate and cruelty and would stop at nothing to keep the horror of his inner life hidden from the world.

Hitler's Niece is a masterpiece, a luminous, suspenseful, beautifully crafted novel, full of passion, events, and insight, that reinforces Ron Hansen's growing reputation as one ofour foremost writers of fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060932205
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Linz, 1908
1(14)
Schleissheimerstrasse 34, 1913
14(13)
The Corporal and the Schatzkammer, 1919
27(10)
The Beer Hall Putsch, 1923
37(10)
The Merry Widow, 1923
47(9)
Landsberg Fortress, 1924
56(13)
Munchen, 1925
69(26)
Haus Wachenfeld, 1927
95(20)
The Pension Klein, 1927
115(17)
Hitler's Friends, 1928
132(20)
Picnic, 1928
152(18)
Next Door, 1929
170(16)
Life Studies, 1929
186(11)
Prinzregentenplatz 16, 1929
197(20)
Elections, 1930
217(18)
Das Braune Haus, 1931
235(15)
Confessions, 1931
250(17)
September 18, 1931
267(15)
Afterward
282(25)
Author's Note 307

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Hitler's Niece 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A chilling and intimate portrait of a psychopathic narcissist from the point of view of his gullible and common-sensical niece. She is ensnared less by his infamous magnetism than by his rising celebrity and the pecuniary entrapments he foists on her. Gradually and painfully, she wakes up, in a golden cage, to the nightmarish, venomous and perverted relationship with her uncle. A 'fly on the wall', superb, bated breath, piece of prescience in hindsight. Reads like journalism, deep like history, moving like a first rate novel and tragic beyond words. Close to a masterpiece. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the story sometimes lags, at times severely, it's interesting enough to hold me. Gives deeper reason for hating Hitler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is chilling in its depiction of Hitler as human being instead of just a symbol for evil. It shows him as the sick and sexually perverted ego maniac that he probably was....and he shows how his mesmerizing stare and speaking style catapulted him into power. I think this book is the best view into the mind of an evil man who changed the face of Germany and the history of anti-semitism. The book is excellent, but this type of material is so disturbing that it is hard to say that you 'enjoy' reading it. It will change the way you look at the history of the Third Reich
Bingobuddy More than 1 year ago
The author states this is a fiction book based on fact. I think it should been stated this is a fiction book based on fiction. How could he have known what the exact conversations were between the individuals were and on what fact was he basing it on when the people involved are dead. How does he know how or if Hitler killed his niece? I have little doubt that Hitler was a royal fruit-cake and this would include some strange dealing when it came to sex. I think the author went a little bit too far when it came to the exact conversation and leading the reader on with to many assumptions to be fact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provokes somemore thought about the possible inner and private life of Hitler...the premise is an interesting one, given the forensic information about Geli's death: the angle of the gunshot wound to the chest and her broken nose are hardly in keeping with a suicide. The book speculates unabashedly about Hitler's various crimes, including his possible murder of Geli. However, my gut says that he would have had one of his toadies do the wet work.
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