The children of Nazis : the sons and daughter of Himmler, Gö̈ring, Höss, Mengele, and others -- living with a father's monstrous legacy

by Crasnianski, Tania,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
The fascinating story of eight children of Third Reich leaders--Himmler Mengele, Speer, more--and their Journey from descendants of heroes to Descendants of Criminals

In 1940, the German sons and daughters of infamous Nazi dignitaries Himmler, Göring, Hess, Frank, Bormann, Speer, and Mengele were children of privilege at four, five, or ten years old, surrounded by affectionate, all-powerful parents. Although innocent and unaware of what was happening at the time, they eventually discovered the extent of their father's occupations:

These men--their fathers who were capable of loving their children and receiving love in return--were leaders of the Third Reich, and would later be convicted as monstrous war criminals. For these children, the German defeat was an earth-shattering source of family rupture, the end of opulence, and the jarring discovery of Hitler's atrocities.

How did the offspring of these leaders deal with the aftermath of the war and the skeletons that would haunt them forever? Some chose to disown their past. Others did not. Some condemned their fathers; others worshiped them unconditionally to the end. In this enlightening book, Tania Crasnianski examines the responsibility of eight descendants of Nazi notables, caught somewhere between stigmatization, worship, and amnesia. By tracing the unique experiences of these children, she probes at the relationship between them and their fathers and examines the idea of how responsibility for the fault is continually borne by the descendants.
Contents
Preface
Regarding translations
Introduction
Gudrun Himmler: Nazism's "poppet"
Edda Gö̈ring: the little princess of "The Nero of Nazi Germany"
Wolf R. Hess: a life in the shadow of the last of the war criminals
Niklas Frank: a hunger for the truth
Martin Adolf Bormann Jr.: the "Crown Prince"
The Höss children: the family of the Kommandant of Auschwitz
The Speer children: offspring of "The Devil's Architect"
Rolf Mengele: the son of "The Angel of Death"
Conclusion: a German story?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Himmler, Göring, Höss, Speer, and Mengele are names belonging to some of the most powerful men of Nazi Germany and to the children to whom they left their malignant legacy. Many books have been written about the lives, crimes against humanity, arrests, and deaths of WWII's worst war criminals, but little attention has been paid to their offspring. What happened to Gudrun Himmler, the so-called Nazi Princess? How did Brigitte Höss not know she was living in Auschwitz's backyard, and how have these children of Nazis learned to reconcile the fathers whom they loved dearly with the men responsible for the deaths of millions? Crasnianski, herself a descendant of a Nazi soldier, critically examines the fall from being the children of heroes to the offspring of criminals and the paths toward denial, acceptance, and hatred that they and their descendants have chosen. Forays such as this into the underbelly of human history make for demanding reading, but they are necessary if history is to be kept from repeating itself, and Crasnianski is to praised for her diligence and candor.--Essien, Enobong Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Children of Nazis -- Biography.
Nazis -- Family relationships.
Nazis -- Germany -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First English-language edition.
Other Titles Enfants de Nazis.
Language English
Notes "Fist published in France in 2016 under the title Enfants de Nazis."--Title page verso.
Description xx, 235 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781628728057
1628728051
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