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Serving as a powerful indictment of the toll that war takes on childrenwhichever side they find themselves onthis is a remarkable account of a childhood spent in World War II Austria. Relating the story of a five-year-old boy who has a high ranking Nazi for a father, this reconstruction depicts the author’s horror of having his chin pinched by leading Nazi party member Hermann Göring, playing doctors and nurses with propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels’ daughters, and on one occasion being taken to a grand reception to meet Adolf Hitler himself. Following the author as he comes to terms with his unusual family, this recollection reveals his kindly, liberal grandparents whose estate provided refuge for all sorts of unlikely visitors, his cold-hearted mothera once-famous opera singer reduced to running an innand his older brother, who struts around in his Hitler Youth uniform, convinced of imminent Nazi victory. Spotlighting the family’s hasty postwar attempts to disguise all Nazi flags in the house and change swastikas into shoe-cleaning rags, this striking narrative proves that the legacy of war is not so easily discarded.
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About the Author
Hans-Georg Behr is a former student of medicine, clinical psychology, and linguistics. He has written for Der Stern and Die Zeit.