The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret Past

The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret Past

by Martin Davidson

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What if you found out that your grandfather had been a Nazi SS officer?

This is the confession that Martin Davidson received from his mother upon the death of demanding, magnetic grandfather Bruno Langbehn. The Perfect Nazi is Davidson's exploration of his family's darkest secret.

As Davidson dove into his research, drawing on an astonishing cache of personal documents as well as eyewitness accounts of this historical period, he learned that Bruno's story moved lock-step in time with the rise and fall of the Nazi party: from his upbringing in a fiercely military environment amid the aftermath of World War I, to his joining the Nazi party in 1926 at the age of nineteen, more than six years before Hitler came to power, to his postwar involvement with the Werewolves, the gang of SS stalwarts who vowed to keep on after the defeat of Nazism.

Davidson realized that his grandfather was in many ways the "perfect Nazi," his individual experiences emblematic of the generation of Germans who would plunge the world into such darkness. But he also realized that every fact he uncovered was a terrible truth he himself would have to come to terms with...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101513521
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 761,761
File size: 412 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Davidson is the commissioning editor for history and business programs at the BBC. He has two degrees from Oxford University. As a filmmaker specializing in historical and cultural subjects, he has produced and directed many documentaries for the BBC, A&E, and the History Channel. He lives in Oxford, England, with his family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface 1

One Funeral in Berlin 7

Two SS Curriculum Vitae 32

Three Fathers and Sons 1906-1922 50

Four Fulfillment! 1922-1926 81

Five Street-Fighting Man 1926-1933 107

Six Triumph of the Will 1933-1937 140

Seven Men in Black 1937-1939 177

Eight War! 1939-1944 218

Nine Endgame 1944 -1946 260

Ten Aftermath 1946-1992 301

Postscript 321

Notes 329

Bibliography 351

Index 359

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