The Auschwitz Kommandant: A Daughter's Search for the Father She Never Knew

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The true story of a girl's upbringing as the daughter of the commandant of Auschwitz

Barbara Cherish's upbringing in Nazi-occupied Poland was one of relative wealth and comfort—but her father's senior position in the Nazi Party meant that she and her brothers and sisters lived on a knife edge. In 1943 he became commandant of perhaps the most infamous of all the concentration camps: Auschwitz. The author tells her father's story with clarity and without judgment, detailing his ...

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Overview

The true story of a girl's upbringing as the daughter of the commandant of Auschwitz

Barbara Cherish's upbringing in Nazi-occupied Poland was one of relative wealth and comfort—but her father's senior position in the Nazi Party meant that she and her brothers and sisters lived on a knife edge. In 1943 he became commandant of perhaps the most infamous of all the concentration camps: Auschwitz. The author tells her father's story with clarity and without judgment, detailing his relationship with his family and his unceasing love for his mistress, as well as the very separate life he led as a senior officer of the SS. Captured by the U. S. Army at the end of the war, he was held at Dachau and Nuremberg before being extradited to Poland. He was tried in the "Auschwitz Trial" at Krakow, found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and executed in January 1948. A unique insider's view of the dark heart of the Third Reich, it is also a heartbreaking tale of a family torn apart that will open the eyes of even the most well-read historian.

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"Unbearably moving."  —Guardian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752457550
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 997,249
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara U. Cherish arrived in America in December 1956. She now lives in Nevada. Melissa Müller is the author of Anne Frank: The Biography, which was the basis for Anne Frank: The Whole Story, a 2001 movie aired on ABC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Melissa Müller 7

Preface 9

Prologue: The Photograph 10

Chapter 1 Party Member # 932766 & Family Man 19

Chapter 2 Oranienburg 32

Chapter 3 The Last Embrace 41

Chapter 4 Auschwitz 56

Chapter 5 Austria 93

Chapter 6 One Son Captured, Another Born 104

Chapter 7 Betrayed and Banished as Refugees 122

Chapter 8 Berchtesgaden 128

Chapter 9 Leaving 'The Other Child' Behind 145

Chapter 10 Journals of a Prisoner 166

Chapter 11 The Trial 192

Chapter 12 A New Family, A New Identity 216

Epilogue: The Journey Home 225

The Journey Continues 245

Source Note of Documentation 252

Bibliography 255

Acknowledgements 257

Index 260

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