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On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood (P.S.)


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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.

About the Author

Irmgard A. Hunt has been an executive at a number of environmental organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Partnership for Central Europe, a project of the German Marshall Fund. After years as a consultant to several international not-for-profit organizations, she retired and began to write her memoirs. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University (which she earned at age fifty-two) and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Washington, D.C., and has two children and two grandchildren.

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lauragais, April 11, 2010 (view all comments by lauragais)
This is a book to remember, a book describing the indescribable, a book for healing my own memories. It is emotionally stirring and overwhelming.
I cannot in the least support the comments of Kirstin - in my view, it is not a 'fantastic' book as everything is the grim truth, it is not 'easy to read' if one has either shared Irmgard Hunt's life experience or can vividly imagine it, it is not wonderful (how can it be) and one certainly does not feel like one is there:
nobody can really "feel like you are there" unless you were there - and the author was (and so was I). I think this book should be recommended reading in schools and universities to make people think and reflect on what could have been their fate. It is touching the deepest and most innermost feelings someone can have about life and fate. One should be aware of the fact that such a fate could have happened to anybody who did not fit the accepted pattern. I have nothing but praise for the author for sharing her couragous and so very necessary memoir, for history's sake and for the present and by all means for the future. Thank you Irmgard A. Hunt.
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kikisand1, April 7, 2010 (view all comments by kikisand1)
Fantastic book - you feel like you are there! Easy to read, engaging, and wonderfully, historically, mesmerizing. I would like to give it to everyone I know to read.
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Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood
Hunt, Irmgard A
Hunt, Irmgard A.
by Irmgard A. Hunt
William Morrow Paperbacks
Historical - General
Europe - Germany
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Trade PB
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7.96x5.34x.77 in. .58 lbs.

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