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Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood 3. A powerful and riveting account of a seemingly halcyon life lived mere paces from a center of evil and madness; a remarkable memoir of an "ordinary" childhood spent in an extraordinary time and place. On Hitler's Mountain is a powerful, intimate, riveting, and revealing account of a seemingly halcyon life lived mere paces from a center of evil and madness; a remarkable memo A powerful and riveting account of a seemingly halcyon life lived mere paces from a center of evil and madness; a remarkable memoir of an "ordinary" childhood spent in an extraordinary time and place.
On Hitler's Mountain is a powerful, intimate, riveting, and revealing account of a seemingly halcyon life lived mere paces from a center of evil and madness; a remarkable memoir of an "ordinary" childhood spent in an extraordinary time and place. Born in , Irmgard Hunt grew up in the picturesque Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden, in the shadow of the Eagle's Nest and near Adolf Hitler's luxurious alpine retreat. Here, in a picture-postcard world untouched by the war and seemingly unblemished by the horrors Germany's master had wrought, she accepted the lies of her teachers and church and civic leaders, joined the Hitler Youth at age ten, and joyfully sang the songs extolling the virtues of National Socialism.
But before the end -- when she and other children would be forced to cower in terror in dank bomb shelters and wartime deprivations would take a harrowing toll -- Irmgard's doubts about the "truths" she had been force-fed increased, fueled by the few brave souls who had not accepted Hitler and his abominations.
After the fall of the brutal dictatorship and the suicide of its mad architect, many of her neighbors and loved ones still clung to their beliefs, prejudices, denial, and unacknowledged guilt. Irmgard, often feeling lonely in her quest, was determined to face the truth of her country's criminal past and to bear the responsibility for an almost unbearable reality that most of her elders were determined to forget.
She resolved even then that the lessons of her youth would guide her actions and steel her commitment to defend the freedoms and democratic values that had been so easily dismissed by the German people. Provocative and astonishing, Irmgard A. Hunt's On Hitler's Mountain offers a unique, gripping, and vitally important first-person perspective on a tumultuous era in modern history, as viewed through the eyes of a child -- a candid and fascinating document, free of rationalization and whitewash, that chronicles the devastating moral collapse of a civilized nation.
Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about On Hitler's Mountain , please sign up. Is this book available to borrow? See 1 question about On Hitler's Mountain…. Lists with This Book. Apr 18, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: The memoir of a girl from a very ordinary German family who, as a child, grew up in a house quite near one of Hitler's residences in Germany.
She actually met him when she was three or so, and got photographed sitting on his lap. And many times she saw him and his entourage driving past her house. Neither of Hunt's parents were fanatical Nazis by any means, but they both helped vote Hitler into power. And, after reading Hunt's description of the chaos and despair of the Weimar Republic, I didn't The memoir of a girl from a very ordinary German family who, as a child, grew up in a house quite near one of Hitler's residences in Germany. And, after reading Hunt's description of the chaos and despair of the Weimar Republic, I didn't blame them a bit.
In fact, I found myself thinking, with a bit of horror, "I might have voted for the guy too. Irmgard's father was drafted into the German Army and ultimately killed in France. After his death, her mother began to feel differently about the Nazi regime, but she never actively opposed it.
Then, after the war, everyone had to deal with the aftermath of what happened. I think it's important for everyone to understand why stuff like Nazi Germany happened, and what it's like for a normal person to live under a tyrannical regime. This is a well-written book that accomplishes both of those aims. View all 11 comments. Aug 20, Kavita rated it liked it Shelves: Irmgard Hunt lived right up on the mountains in Berchtesgaden and lived through the Nazi years as Hitler's neighbour. However, in spite of this or perhaps because of it? Born one year after Hitler came to power, Irmgard herself rarely encountered daily hassles until the very end of the war when they faced intense bombing.
In fact, she was shocked when they took a trip to her grandparents' and saw the Irmgard Hunt lived right up on the mountains in Berchtesgaden and lived through the Nazi years as Hitler's neighbour. In fact, she was shocked when they took a trip to her grandparents' and saw the city bombed out. That's how sheltered she was.
Most of the book is restructured from her mother's diary and from talking to other people in her life who were older and remembered more. There is actually very little in the book in terms of pretty much anything to do with the war or the Nazis, especially in the first three parts of the book. Her parents supported Hitler because they believed he would bring stability, but they were not fanatic Nazis - they did not denounce anyone, they did not indoctrinate their children forcefully, they did not hate the Jews. All they did was look the other way and hope for stability after the chaos of the s - certainly a contributing factor to the Nazi hold but not very interesting or useful in terms of a book.
The author goes into far too much detail about the mountains and its beauty and daily life, her chores, her family, her neighbours, etc. There are a couple of places where it does get interesting and emotional, such as when sending off her father to war where he dies. There is another incident where she almost denounces her anti-Nazi maternal grandfather.
But apart from a few rare instances like these, the book mostly just talks about random daily life stuff. The last one fourth of the book is life immediately after the war, which I found rather interesting. During this time, the author was old enough to actually put across her memories of the time in detail and flesh out the nuances.
But there was not much about overcoming a 'Nazi childhood' because really, other than joining Hitler Youth and playing games, she did not have much of a Nazi childhood at all! The best part is how she and her mother toured Eagle's Nest and how she scavenged the supplies of the prominent Nazis right after the war. I don't think this is the best book about a Nazi family.
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Her mother, if she had written a book, would have been interesting because she had the actual experiences and knowledge of what being a Nazi meant and why she would overlook certain things that were taking place around her. But she didn't and the daughter's account is just too superficial. I also found the tone a bit preachy about how Germans must all carry a collective guilt, even those who stood up against the Nazis or merely paid lip service in order to avoid intense persecution.
Was she expecting people to risk going to concentration camp so little Irmgard could think well of them? The pro-America yammering in the epilogue was very annoying to me. If you know nothing about this time at all, then this book is good. Otherwise, I am sure there are better memoirs with more direct information. Oct 09, Chrissie rated it really liked it Recommended to Chrissie by: About normal German family who supported Hiler. Childhood under the Nazis Text was very good. The little I tell you is not enough to spoil the book! I am just giving you enough to taste it. I have finished the book.
It will get four stars. It concludes with an intimate analysis of how many Germans felt before, during and after WW2. You have come to know the members of the family. It is thourgh these people whom you know that you come to understand how and why Germans responded differerntly to the end of the war. Some with guilt and shame. Some with pure relief. Some in fact with hope! I like that the opposing points of views are portrayed through the family members. By the end of the book you know who they are, you know what each has experienced and so you do understand how they can emerge from their common experiences differently.
If you want to understand WW2 from the German perspective, read this book. Get this edition which has marvellous pictures. They really do enrich the reading experience. I was going to give you more excerpts to demonstrate how well the historical events are tied into personal events, but I am too lazy. I believe this book to be superior, but I am just guessing. Please read my thoughts below if you are curious about the author's style of writing and the themes focused upon in the beginning of the book.
This is a memoir about the author's childhood in Berchtesgaden, Germany. This is a small village next door to Obersalzberg where Hitler had his retreat. The area is in southern Germany, Bavaria to be exact. One easily walked between their home and Hitlers retreat.
Hitler's presence was a given. They in fact fel. She sat on Hitler's lap when she was three. Look at the cover of the book. That is the author with the white blonde hair happily prouncing the "Heil Hitler" greeting. Look at the sparkle in her eyes. It does make you shiver the contrast between her youthful happiness and what the greeting represents.
This book is about the author's youth, about her parents and her grandparents. It is about why the Germans brought into power Hitler. It is important to understand so such does not happen again. So why read Larson's when you have this true story abut a German family which shows why they voted for Hitler and why they made the choices they made.
No, the theme is not about Dodd, but it is about what lead up to Hitler's reign and what follwed for the German people after the war. You see all of this from a German point of view. I always get a bit annoyed when one book gets all the acclaim and others, with authors perhaps less well-known, are not brought to attention. However a book must be properly composed if it is to get acclaim, and this is. The book should have maps andpictures if it is based on fact. This book has maps that in fact show all the towns and places mentioned in the text. The map is actulally readable.
Bad maps are more annoying sometimes than no maps. The maps are excellent here.
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They show regions that no longer exist, for example Pomerania. And this book has lots of pictures.
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Pictures of cities and people and marriage registration booklets, of wedding portraits. Pictures of Hitler and his retreat. I really enjoy seeing the pictures. You see Irmgard with her sister Ingrid playing in a sandbox, actually a grocer's crate filled with sand from a mountain stream. A sandbox that IS a box of sand. And the kids are so cute.
Just through the pictures you get a peephole into thier lives. Then of course the text must be good, for a book to be good. A book must be properly edited. I like the choice of facts included in the text. I want to know why the Gerlmans thought Hitler was their answer to progress. The author's grandparents and parents lived through WW1, the German defeat, the inflation of the s, and then to top it all of the Depression hit them too.
The Germans sought someone to make them proud again of being German. A leader who would create jobs and salaries that brought food home to the tables. All of this is described through Irmgard's parents and granparent life events.
You see why her parents adored Hitler and saw him as a leader toward a better future. Irmgard's parents were married in Irmgard was born May 28, Her older sister was born three years later in And of course she was named Ingrid. Ingrid was one of the popular German names designated by Hitler. Here follows a quote about Irmgard's first year and the firt time she was confronted with growing anti-Semitism, although she was too young to recognize it for what it was: The two young mothers competed fiercely over the babies development, comparing the first smile, first word, first steps, and progress of potty training.
Ruthchen little Ruthy had a headful of hair from the day she was born, whereas I, mch to Mutti's concern, had none until I was a year old. Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon. Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available. Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Real Stories of Holocaust Survivors: True stories of those who survived Auschwitz a True stories of the Holocaust survivors.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. An interesting account of growing up in Berchtesgaden,at the foot of Hitler's Berghof. The Berghof was located in an area which was not strategically important and therefore. Berchdesgaden was not a major target of air strikes during World War II, From accounts of the Irmgad's story, life seemed not to be terribly difficult as it was in other parts of Germany, e.
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I got the impression that the family felt that the death of Irmgard's father,. Certainly Irmgard's grandfather was no Nazi sympathizer. In a sense it was refreshing to have recollection that everyone in Germany was not an obsessed admirer of the Fuhrer. I really enjoyed the book and assume it was an accurate account of civilian live in Germany during World War II. Enjoyable glimpse into an unusual childhood - to say the least!! Like most people, I had not thought much about the German population that supported Hitler and his rise to power.
This book makes it clear that although there was some dissent in the population, the Nazis were tough on any opposition right from the start. Even as a fledgling organization when there were many opportunities to stop Nazism in its tracks, they were able to give enough people what they needed and wanted to allow them to overlook their short comings obviously, looking back at the historical record.
Having said that, this book made me realize the we need to keep a vigilant eye on groups that use nationalism and scar tactics of foreigners as the foundation of their platforms. We have a large political group in this country that seems to have this type of inclination.
This book made me realize that sitting back and allowing them to control the message and agenda is a mistake. I will be much more aware of this type of thinking. Thanks to this book!! Very good book that not only includes an in-depth description of her life during the Nazi era, but wonderfully follows up with life after the war years right up to her profound belief in democratic pursuits of the introductory years of the twenty-first century. I was impressed by the editing of the writing, always paying close attention to the details hidden behind the complexities of events in reference.
The author is quite educated, and had qualified help in the construction of the narrative, and this care really comes through in the writing. I discovered answers to questions that I have had concerning the residents of the mountain area, how they reacted to having, not only Hitler, but many of the Nazi oligarchs of his immediate circle, Goering, Speer, Bormann, Goebbels, among others , actually living within this mountainous territory that had such a colorful, ancient culture, and heritage.
Good photographs were included that gave me an improved sense of understanding just who her family was, and made the reading more coherent in my mind. The story moves along nicely, not like a thrown rock skipping along the top of a lake, but carefully tying each event to the next with understanding. My only real perception of the events at the Berghof prior was the small amount I received in viewing the magnificent film called "Band of Brothers" when the th airborne troops arrived there, and the minutes afterward.
There is much more information within the book, and good references in the bibliography. But, the story itself is good, worth reading, and kept my interest throughout. This area was part of the American-controlled region after the war, so their are no horrific tales of Soviet intrusions of terror in described, although the US, French, and Moroccan troop behavior is mentioned briefly. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time. To read e-books on the BookShout App , download it on: Bookshout App We have partnered with Bookshout and recommend using their app as a simple way to read our e-books.
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