My Father's Country: The Story of a German Family

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Vintage Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 pages
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In this gripping memoir, the daughter of a man who conspired to assassinate Hitler tells the story of three generations of her family and offers unparalleled insight into the German experience in the last century.

On August 15, 1944, Major Hans Georg Klamroth was tried for treason for his part in the July Plot to kill Hitler. Eleven days later, he was executed. His youngest daughter, Wibke Bruhns, was six years old. Decades later, watching a documentary about the events of July 20, she saw images of her father in court suddenly appear on-screen. I stare at this man with the empty face. I don't know him. But I can see myself in him. How could her family succumb to Nazi sympathies? And what made her father finally renounce Hitler?
  

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Review: My Father's Country: Story of a German Family

User Review  - Woollythinker - Goodreads

The subject matter is fascinating, the research is thorough, the perspective is wonderfully personal... and yet I didn't love it. For a start, it takes forever to get going. The introduction to why ... Read full review

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User Review  - Janesivocha - Goodreads

As a person who is strongly drawn to 'old europe' and a student of the european theatre of WWII I was intrigued by the book. I enjoyed it immensely. The patience and perseverance on the home front and the little details were fascinating. I shall be re-visiting it Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
45
Section 4
66
Section 5
85
Section 6
115
Section 7
145
Section 8
179
Section 10
217
Section 11
236
Section 12
265
Section 13
282
Section 14
308
Section 15
330
Section 16
358
Section 17
362

Section 9
200

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About the author (2009)

Wibke Bruhns was born in 1938 in Halberstadt. She has worked as a journalist in both TV and print and as a TV presenter and news reader. She worked as a correspondent for Stern magazine in the United States and Israel and headed the culture section at one of Germany's largest television stations, ORB. She has two grown daughters and now lives and works as a freelance writer in Berlin.

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