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

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Doubleday Canada, Aug 11, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography
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A huge bestseller in Germany for over a year, My Father’s Country offers extraordinarily moving and riveting insight into the experience of being German in the last century.

On August 26, 1944, Hans Georg Klamroth, officer in the German army and member of the SS, was executed for high treason for his participation in the July 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler. My Father’s Country is the extraordinary work of Klamroth’s daughter, Wibke, born only six years before her father’s death.

Decades later, Bruhns was watching a TV documentary about the events of July 1944 when images of her father in the court room suddenly appeared on screen. “I stare at this man with the empty face. I don’t know him. But I can see myself in him — his eyes are my eyes; I know I resemble him. I know I wouldn’t be here without him. And what do I know about him? Nothing at all.”

Based on an extensive collection of family letters, private diaries, photographs and even menus, My Father’s Country traces Wibke Bruhns’ father’s, and more widely, her well-to-do merchant family’s, life in the Germany of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With it, Bruhns not only brings to life the nuances of this world — its culture and its assumptions, politics and beliefs — but also comes to know, finally, the mysterious father she barely remembers.


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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

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

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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