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

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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.

Praise For…

“This candid picture of how it felt [to grow up in Germany during the Hitler years] is an enlightening rarity.” — Daily Mail (London)

“A gripping and beautifully written memoir.” — Washingtonian magazine, online edition

“Compelling . . . A chilling insight into the heart of darkness.” — Glasgow Herald

“[A] very good memoir . . . [A] real, universal gain for understanding.” — Daily Telegraph (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060532185
ISBN-10: 0060532181
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 31st, 2006
Pages: 304
Language: English