Broken House H/B

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Broken House H/B

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Author: Horst Krüger

Type: Hardback

ISBN: 9781847926340

Date: 17th June, 2021

Publisher: THE BODLEY HEAD

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  2. European
  3. Memoirs
  4. Biography: General

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The Broken House is a rediscovered coming-of-age story that provides an unforgettable portrait of life under the Nazis. In 1965, journalist Horst Krüger attended the Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt, where 22 former camp guards were put on trial for the systematic murder of over 1 million men, women and children. The trial sent Krüger back to his childhood in the 1930s, in an attempt to understand 'how it really was, that incomprehensible time'. He had grown up in a Berlin suburb. Here, people lived ordinary, non-political lives, believed in God and obeyed the law, but were gradually seduced and intoxicated by the promises of Nazism. He had been 'the typical child of innocuous Germans who were never Nazis, and without whom the Nazis would never have been able to do their work'. This world of respectability, order and duty began to crumble when tragedy struck. Step by step, a family that had fallen under the spell of Nazism was destroyed by it. Originally published in Germany in 1966 but out of print for decades, this moving and tragic portrait of family life under the Nazis is now available for the first time to UK readers. 'The book that broke the silence... the writing glowers from the page - sorrowful, disbelieving, chastened and yet not without hope' Observer 'Extraordinary... compelling' Mail on Sunday 'Exquisitely written... haunting... Few books, I think, capture so well the sense of a life broken forever by trauma and guilt' Sunday Times

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