My Father's Keeper

My Father's Keeper

Book - 2001
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Drawing on two sets of interviews done forty years apart, this study explores the lives of the children of prominent Nazi leaders and how they have come to terms with their father's participation in mass genocide.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1959 the German journalist Norbert Lebert conducted extensive interviews with the sons and daughters of prominent Nazis: Hess, Bormann, Goring, and Himmler; Baldur von Schirach, creator of the Hitler Youth; and Hans Frank, governor of Poland. Then at the beginning of their adult lives, Lebert's subjects were the bearers of notorious names that made them outcasts to some, symbols of a lost glory to others.
Forty years later, Lebert's son Stephan - also a journalist - tracked down these same men and women to find out what had become of them, how they remembered their fathers, and what effect the names they carried had on the paths they had taken. Lebert's account of his conversations, juxtaposed with his father's postwar interviews, gives us an extraordinary and unflinching look at how these individuals have coped with a horrifying heritage.
The stories that emerge are fascinating, surprising, and often disturbing: The young man who refuses military service and is granted conscientious objector status on the grounds that his father is imprisoned by the state - as a Nazi war criminal. The boy who begins his education learning the principles of fascism, finishes it at a Catholic boarding school, and later becomes a priest and a missionary to Africa. The woman who was systematically refused work because she wouldn't use an alias, but who now lives in the suburbs under her husband's name and keeps secret contacts with other nostalgic Nazis. The journalist who writes a scathing magazine article reviling the father responsible for two million deaths, and is greeted with a barrage of letters from outraged Germans - whatever your father may have done, the letters argue, fathers must always be honored.

& Taylor

Drawing on two sets of interviews, done forty years apart, this fascinating study explores the lives of the children of prominent Nazi leaders-including Hess, Bormann, G÷ring, Himler, and Frank--and how they have come to terms with their father's participation in mass genocide. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown & Co, 2001
Edition: ed
ISBN: 9780316519298
Characteristics: p. ; cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at PPL.

Try searching for My Father's Keeper to see if PPL owns related versions of the work.

Suggest For Purchase

To Top