The Perfect Nazi

The Perfect Nazi

Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret Past

Book - 2011
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What if you found out that your grandfather--the man who had been a demanding, magnetic presence throughout your childhood--was a Nazi SS officer? This is the confession that Martin Davidson, already into middle age, received from his mother upon his grandfather Bruno Langbehn's death, and this is Davidson's exploration, using the skills he honed as a documentary producer for the BBC, of the truth behind this dark family secret. As Martin dove into his research, drawing on a cache of personal documents as well as eyewitness accounts of this historical period, he learned that Bruno's story moved lockstep in time with the rise and fall of the Nazi party, and realized that his grandfather was in many ways the "perfect Nazi," his individual experiences emblematic of the generation of Germans who would plunge the world into such darkness.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S.ed
ISBN: 9780399157011
0399157018
Branch Call Number: History 943.086 DAV

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Feb 13, 2012

Fascinating book. Really, how would you feel if you found out your grandfather was a Nazi during HItler's time? Davidson takes an honest look into his family history and gives us all insight as to how the atrocities of Germany's efforts to eradicate Jews from the world could possibly have happened.

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