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.
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About the Author
Tania Crasnianski was born in France of a German mother and French-Russian father. Children of Nazis is her first book. She is a criminal lawyer and lives in Germany, London, and New York.
Table of Contents
Regarding Translations ix
Gudrun Himmler: Nazism's "Poppet" 1
Edda Göring: The Little Princess of "The Nero of Nazi Germany" 25
Wolf R. Hess: A Life in the Shadow of the Last of the War Criminals 51
Niklas Frank: A Hunger for the Truth 75
Martin Adolf Bormann Jr.: The "Crown Prince" 103
The Höss Children: The Family of the Kommandant of Auschwitz 123
The Speer Children: Offspring of "The Devil's Architect" 147
Rolf Mengele: The Son of "The Angel of Death" 171
Conclusion: A German Story? 193
Sources from Archives 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book better resembles an overwritten essay. I realize the personal observations are difficult to pull from these sources but I was expecting something more.
All our children need to read this