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

  • Title: On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood
  • Author: Irmgard A. Hunt
  • ISBN: 9780060532178
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Hitler s Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood 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 f
    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 thGrowing 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 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.

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    1. Onvan : On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood - Nevisande : Irmgard A. Hunt - ISBN : 60532181 - ISBN13 : 9780060532185 - Dar 278 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005

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    2. 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 [...]

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    3. NO SPOILERS!!!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 anger. Some with pure reli [...]

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    4. 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?), she was kept safe and away from most of the trouble that the Nazis and the war were causing. 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 [...]

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    5. This is a well-written memoir of a Nazi childhood, the fall of Germany during WWII, and the aftermath. Rather than coming off like a big act of catharsis, this book seems more like an urgent warning to the reader about the dangers of blind patriotism, not questioning authority and internalizing government propaganda. Irmgard Hunt steps through daily life in Berchtesgaden, her home town, which happened to be directly below Hitler's mountain headquarters. The book contains fascinating detail about [...]

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    6. em-and-emm/2011/0When it comes to memoirs relating to WWII history, the selection seems to be largely dominated by Holocaust survivors or by writing from the Pacific side of the war. For me, at least, it was easy to forget about the general population of Germany, since most of the attention goes to the Nazis or to the people who suffered under them. Irmgard Hunt, the author of this memoir, was born in 1934, the year after Adolf Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany. She was born in Berchtesga [...]

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    7. A fascinating viewpoint of a child's life in Berchtesgaden from the early 1930s through to 1947. Particularly interesting were the political divisions within her family between her grandparents who were anti-nazi and her parents who were in favour of Hitler.

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    8. I've read a lot of World War II memoirs and what they have to tell us of this dark page in human history is extremely important; sixty plus years later, we MUST not look away. Still, this one was particularly absorbing; Hunt seems to understand the importance of crafting her story and not just telling it. She availed herself of numerous outside readers and editors and even attended the Bethesda Writers Workshop--and it shows. As a writer, I have to appreciate her respect for the craft. Moreover, [...]

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    9. I've read a lot of WWII books, but this is the first I've read from the perspective of someone who lived through it as a patriotic German ignorant of the atrocities of the Nazi regime. It was particularly interesting to compare Hitler and his supporters to, well, you know, the guy in the White House as of this writing.

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    10. I think some people who reviewed this book are confused, because many of the complaints I've seen talk about how it doesn't go beyond the perspective of the woman who wrote it, who was just a child during the war. But that's exactly what the book is - a memoir of a childhood in wartime, not a history of WWII in Berchtesgaden. If you keep that in mind, this is an incredible historical perspective, especially as it's not just a collection of her memories but rather something she wrote after recall [...]

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    11. This is the story of a young girl who witnessed the tragic events of 1930's and 40's Germany unfold. Irmgard Hunt had a unique perspective of Germany as Hitler came to power and through the war. She was a child growing up in Berchtesgaden, where Hitler built his mountain retreat and where many of the families of high Nazi officials lived. In her memoir, she captures the mood of the German people in her community and how many citizens, including her parents, were swept up by his rhetoric. There w [...]

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    12. I thought this book was interesting because it gave insight into the lives of everyday Germans living under Hitler. I didn't realize the little things the Nazis did, like creating a new religion or their emphasis on nature instead of existing religions, in order to increase their hold on their citizens. It was amazing how the people just went along with it, but it begs the question of if it could happen here and how people will go along with almost anything for the promise of a better life. I di [...]

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    13. Irmgard was born into a Nazi household, steeped in the Hitler cult. An early passing contact with Hitler gave her prestige in the eyes of most of the people she knew. Then came Hitler's war, her family's struggle to stay alive, and the revelations of what had really been going on in the Nazi regime. She lost beloved relations, and was asked to betray close family. Not yet 20, Irmgard had to reevaluate the foundations of her life.

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    14. Many people are interested in understanding how the German people could allow such a monster to take over their country. How could they let him destroy people just because they weren't Aryans? This woman was a child living in Berdesgarden during that time and even sat on Hitler's knee for a photo. Her story is important in getting an understanding of the country and it's people during WWII. She spoke at Southglenn Library in Centennial in May and I found her message quite compelling.

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    15. What is it that caused ordinary Germans to follow Hitler? Only the people that lived in Nazi Germany can truly say and they are now few and far between. After those years, many chose not to speak of them again. Irmgard A. Hunt, a child during Nazi Germany, is a rare voice who was able and chose to share her unique story. Her memoir is that of an ordinary child and her family, living at an extraordinary time and place. Her childhood home, in close proximity to Hitler’s summer retreat in the mou [...]

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    16. Excellent memoir of a child growing up in Nazi Germany. She witnesses the adult world of politics that resulted in Hitler gaining control of a nation, and the devastating consequences even as she grows into an adolescent.As the title implies - Hunt's story goes on from the details of the Nazi's coming to power and the war years to recount the aftermath. U.S. soldiers arriving to occupy the lands where she was living with her mother and sister (her father killed early on in France as a German sol [...]

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    17. I think that this is a point of view that I have been looking for for awhile. There are soooo many books out there about WW2, they always are dramatic about an person resisting, a Jewish person hiding or in a concentration camp. This book is not that. It is not a dramatic story but the biography of the average German girl whose parents were not Nazis but who did support Hitler. I think that this is a perspective that needs to be read and one that is mostly overlooked.

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    18. I enjoyed this book. It was fascinating to see what life had been like during the war for an 'average' German family. Although the family lived near Hitler's headquarters, they seemed to be quite sheltered from the war in their daily lives (other than, of course, losing family and friends). This memoir was written from the point of view of someone who was a child during the war - I would expect their experience to be much different than that of an adult, but it was still fascinating.

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    19. Very well written. I spent almost a year in Berchtesgaden, back in the seventies, on a student work program. The people I met were closely connected to the natural beauty, but for me, the outsider, the Nazi ghosts were everywhere. I appreciated the author's youthful point of view. I think it's important for us to try and understand how a nation becomes a monster that we'll be watchful in these current times. Like the author, I too judged my parents for being German, for not going against the aut [...]

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    20. Very interesting to hear the war from a German civilian's perspective!

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    21. This is a book everyone should read to understand how a repressive and in humane dictatorship can be normalized.

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    22. This provocative memoir attempts to answer one of the thorniest questions later generations have had when it comes to understanding WWII and the Holocaust: how could average, middle class and by all accounts "moral" German citizens have been complicit in the rise to power of Hitler and the workings of his depraved Nazi dictatorship? How much did they truly know - and condone? It is fascinating to read this account of the era from the perspective of a German. Hunt's aim is not to justify this inf [...]

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    23. Although the memoir is not what I would call "gripping" as the promo material calls it, the account does shed some light on how the German people got sucked into supporting Hitler, as the author's parents did--not fanatically, but with sincere respect. And of course not all Germans did, such as her grandfather and some of her mother's friends, who did express their disdain for the tyrant, but not publicly. The picture of life painted for the working class from the 1920s on was dire, and during a [...]

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    24. This book is incredibly moving. Growing up hearing about the holocaust, one always says, "I would not have allowed that. I would not have participated." Here we see how generally "good" people allowed such a disastrous tragedy to take place. Reading this book has for me enforced the need to remain a proactive citizen, to never turn a blind eye to injustice, and to remember that I am my brothers' keeper.

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    25. Quite an amazing story. Irmgard grew up in the small town of Bretesgaden, Germany, during WW II. Her story helps to explain how everyday citizens in Germany came to believe the Third Reich's propaganda until the end of the war. Patriotism, nationalism, and hatred of the Treaty of Versailles propelled Germany toward war and the wish to dominate. An excellent read giving one lots of ponder.

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    26. Powerful memoir of a woman who grew up under Nazi rule, literally on the same mountain where Hitler had his summer retreat. This gave good insights into life in Germany before, during, and after World War II. What were German people thinking through all this? You'll find out in here.

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    27. Childhood memories which show the normalcy and ease with which the Germans were carried away by the Nazi ideologies. Hunt grew up near Berchtesgaden and has unique recollections (and sometimes remarkably adult perceptions).

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    28. Interesting. Full of practical details of life during the war and the years after.

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    29. A very good book I read three years ago. The book doesn't offers much to overcome but does provide a nice youth story of the author and her parents/ grandparents interactions with the Nazi party.

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    30. What a fascinating and amazing book! I had picked it up on a whim, read the back cover, and was immediately intrigued. I'm so glad I found this book, because it was such an interesting read and so well written, and honestly written too. We see so many movies and read so many other books about the evil Nazis and the Holocaust and all the WWII victims. This memoir offers another perspective of WWII, the side of the story that is least explored - an everyday German child and her family living and t [...]

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