9780060532185

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060532185

  • ISBN10:

    0060532181

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/24/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface: On Writing a Childhood Memoir 1(8)
part ONE: 1906--1934 THE POHLMANNS
Roots of Discontent
9(12)
In Search of a Future
21(16)
part TWO: 1934--1939 HITLER'S WILLING FOLLOWERS
The Rituals of Life
37(16)
``Heil Hitler''
53(7)
Ominous Undercurrents
60(14)
Meeting Hitler
74(12)
Gathering Clouds
86(11)
part THREE: 1939--1945 WAR AND SURRENDER
Early Sacrifice
97(21)
Learning to Hate School
118(16)
Lessons from a Wartime Friendship
134(8)
A Weary Interlude in Selb
142(24)
Hardship and Disintegration
166(27)
War Comes to Berchtesgaden
193(13)
The End at Last
206(15)
part FOUR: 1945--1948 BITTER JUSTICE, OR WILL JUSTICE BE DONE?
Survival Under the Star-Spangled Banner
221(17)
The Curse of the Past
238(14)
Escape from Darkness
252(13)
Epilogue 265(11)
Acknowledgments 276

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