On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood

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HarperCollins, Jan 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages

Growing up in the beautiful mountains of Berchtesgaden -- just steps from Adolf Hitler's alpine retreat -- Irmgard Hunt had a seemingly happy, simple childhood. In her powerful, illuminating, and sometimes frightening memoir, Hunt recounts a youth lived under an evil but persuasive leader. As she grew older, the harsh reality of war -- and a few brave adults who opposed the Nazi regime -- aroused in her skepticism of National Socialist ideology and the Nazi propaganda she was taught to believe in.

In May 1945, an eleven-year-old Hunt watched American troops occupy Hitler's mountain retreat, signaling the end of the Nazi dictatorship and World War II. As the Nazi crimes began to be accounted for, many Germans tried to deny the truth of what had occurred; Hunt, in contrast, was determined to know and face the facts of her country's criminal past.

On Hitler's Mountain is more than a memoir -- it is a portrait of a nation that lost its moral compass. It is a provocative story of a family and a community in a period and location in history that, though it is fast becoming remote to us, has important resonance for our own time.

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User Review  - NeedMoreShelves - LibraryThing

Fascinating and thoughtful memoir of a young girl growing up in Germany, literally under the shadow of the Eagle's Nest, during the rise and fall of the Nazi party. This book and the author's words ... Read full review

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User Review  - mancmilhist - LibraryThing

A fascinating viewpoint of a child's life in Berchtesgaden from the early 1930s through to 1947. Particularly interesting were the political divisions within her family between her grandparents who were anti-nazi and her parents who were in favour of Hitler. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Irmgard A. Hunt has been an executive at a number of environmental organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Partnership for Central Europe, a project of the German Marshall Fund. After years as a consultant to several international not-for-profit organizations, she retired and began to write her memoirs. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University (which she earned at age fifty-two) and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Washington, D.C., and has two children and two grandchildren.

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