Sunday, May 8, 2011

Five best German views of World War II

Konrad Jarausch, a Lurcy Professor of ­European Civilization at the University of North Carolina and the editor of ­Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters From the Eastern Front, named a five best list of books about German views of World War II for the Wall Street Journal.

One title on his list:
My Father's Country
by Wibke Bruhns (2008)

Decades after Nazi armies began their march of conquest and genocide, the German "children of the war" ­have begun to confront their parents' pasts. The liberal journalist Wibke Bruhns did not want to have anything to do with the memory of her late father, Hans Georg Klamroth, because she had been told he was an early admirer of Hitler and an SS volunteer. When ­returning from an assignment in Israel, she was startled to see his picture in a TV documentary on the­ conspiracy among German military brass to kill Hitler. (Klamroth was among those ­executed.) To resolve this contradiction, Bruhns delved into family diaries and letters, where she found that her father, like some other members of the elite, had gradually developed into a critic of the Third Reich. In "My ­Father's Country," she presents German history as a stark family saga.
Read about the other titles on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue