My father's keeper : children of Nazi leaders : an intimate history of damage and denial

by Lebert, Stephan, 1961-

Format: Print Book 2001
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My Father's Keeper is a uniquely illuminating addition to the dark literature of the Nazi era. In 1959 the German journalist Norbert Lebert conducted extensive interviews with the young sons and daughters of prominent Nazis: Rudolf Hess, Martin Bormann, Hermann Goring, Heinrich Himmler, et al. Forty years later, Lebert's son Stephan tracked down these same men and women to find out how they had lived their lives in the shadow of a horrifying heritage. Drawing on both sets of firsthand interviews, this revelatory work of history offers a fascinating, surprising, often disturbing view of modern Germany and Nazism's legacy. .
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1959 the German writer Norbert Lebert interviewed the children of infamous Nazis. After his death in 1993, his son, Stephan, inherited the manuscripts and talked with the now-aging sons and daughters for a second time. They included Gudrun Himmler, the daughter of Heinrich Himmler, and Hermann Goring's daughter Edda. Stephan Lebert added interviews with Klaus von Schirach, the son of Baldur von Schirach, the Hitler Youth leader. The interviewees were asked "What does it mean to have a father who participated in mass murder?" The children, in general, defended their fathers' unspeakable crimes. Only one spoke out against his father, saying that he was "cowardly, corrupt, brutish, and sexually stimulated by power" and holding him responsible for the deaths of two million people. This book, first published in Germany in 2000, is an important work, indicating that anti-Semitism is far from dead. --George Cohen"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In 1959, German journalist Norbert Lebert set out to interview the offspring of former Nazi leaders young adults with surnames like Himmler and Hess, Bormann and Gering. Six years after Norbert's death in 1993, his son Stephan, a journalist, discovered the interviews among his father's papers and set out to re-interview the children, now senior citizens. Gudrun Himmler and Edda Gering refused. But Wolf-Rediger Hess, Martin Bormann Jr., Niklas and Norman Frank, and Klaus von Schirach were all willing. This is a powerful book, masterfully conceived, brilliant and devastating. The original interviews are interspersed between Stephan's conversations with (or in the case of Himmler and Gering, about) the former young adults who sat with his father. Other chapters explore the parent-child relationship and the nature of evil as they emerge from those conversations. The depth and complexity of the parent-child bond is evident throughout the book, whether the child in question has embraced (Burwitz, Hess) or rejected (Niklas Frank, Bormann) the values and beliefs of the father. Because he's viewing events from a greater distance, Stephan is able to raise a number of wide-ranging questions exploring the reasons behind the national outrage when Niklas Frank published a brutal piece detailing the depth of his hatred toward his father, former governor-general of Poland, and musing on the country's collective denial of individual responsibility during the war. There is much more to be written about the psychology and emotional life of the generation of Germans that fought WWII. But the Leberts have done a remarkable job of breaking a trail through the morass of repression and denial obscuring issues that will continue to disquiet future generations. 20 b&w photos. (Sept. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Children of Nazis -- Germany.
National socialism -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Conflict of generations -- Germany.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown,2001
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Other Titles Denn Du trägst meinen Namen.
Contributors Lebert, Norbert, 1929-1993.
Evans, Julian.
Language English
Notes Authors names appear in reverse order on the German ed
Description 243 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
ISBN 0316519294
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