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The reluctant Nazi : searching for my grandfather

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The reluctant Nazi : searching for my grandfather
Call No: 306.8745 R66r

Call Number306.8745 R66r
Dates2012; ©2012
Statement of ResponsibilityGabrielle Robinson.
Creators & ContributorsRobinson, Gabrielle (author)
Summary"After her father, a fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe, was killed during a mission over the south coast of England, Gabrielle Robinson found a loving home with her grandparents. Her grandfather, known to her as Api, was a doctor: a kind, gentle man who taught her Latin and built kites with her. Fifty years after his death, Gabrielle discovered a diary that Api had kept in 1945, when he worked in overcrowded medical cellars a stone's throw from the Reichstag in Berlin. The diary not only revealed the horrors of the fall of Berlin, it also revealed that Api had been a Nazi. In The Reluctant Nazi Gabrielle shares her grandfather's harrowing account of what it was like to live in Berlin as Hitler's Reich collapsed—the bombing, the hunger and homelessness, and later the threat of retribution from the occupiers. She follows his day-by-day struggle to help the sick and dying, to survive himself and shake off the stigma of being a Nazi Party member. Alongside this, Gabrielle deals with her own reaction to Api's Party membership, raising disturbing questions about political responsibility and the far-reaching aftershocks of the Second World War." —Book jacket
Physical Description 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherStroud, Gloucestershire : The History Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 311–317) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2017 by Margaret B.