My Father's Country
In August 1944, Hans Georg Klamroth was tried and executed for his part in the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler. Wibke Bruhns, his youngest daughter, was six years old at the time. Decades later, watching a documentary about the events of 20 July, images of her father in the Third Reich Peoples Court appeared on the screen. I stare at this man with the lifeless expression. I dont know him But I can see myself in him his eyes are my eyes, I know that I look like him I wouldnt be me, without him. In My Fathers Country, Bruhns tells of her search for her father. Returning to Halberstadt in Northern Germany, where her ancestors the Klamroth family lived and worked for generations, she retraces the story from Kaiser Wilhelm to the end of World War Two, discovering old photographs, letters and diaries, which she uses to piece together a unique and unforgettable family epic. Engaging with her family on both an emotional and political level, My Fathers Country is a memoir that is also a remarkable work of history, powerfully told and deeply moving.
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