On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. HuntOn Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt

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

byIrmgard A. Hunt

Paperback | January 31, 2006

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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.

"[A] very good memoir . . . [A] real, universal gain for understanding." (Daily Telegraph (London))
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Title:On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi ChildhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:January 31, 2006Language:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Educational It was very interesting to read this book as it was written from the perspective of the German people. All of the other books I have read about WWII and the Holocaust have been written by Jewish people. So this was very educational and eye opening. Well written. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read I bought this book to see how the other half thought - she did not disappoint. I enjoyed her telling of the war through a child's eyes. I also enjoyed learning about a part of Germany, and the third Reich, that I had not know of. Very informative and a good read for those who are interested in this part of our history.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever a classic This was such a great book - the manner in which it was told really kept my captivated. I liked how the author was able to tell her personal story, and include the historical events which occurred. It's interesting to learn the other side of the WW2 story, from a German side!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Personal Story Here is one side of the Nazi regime: the side of a young German girl who grew up in the brewing horror of her beloved country and actually sat on Hitler's lap. It was a book hard to put down as the author recounted her childhood with an evil backdrop, a horrific war and atrocities. Her courage and intelligence shone throughout.
Date published: 2017-09-04

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“[A] very good memoir . . . [A] real, universal gain for understanding.”