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Fur Volk and Fuhrer Audiobook

Fur Volk and Fuhrer: The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

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Publisher's Summary

Like many Germans, Berlin schoolboy Erwin Bartmann fell under the spell of the Zeitgeist cultivated by the Nazis. Convinced he was growing up in the best country in the world, he dreamt of joining the Leibstandarte, Hitler's elite Waffen SS unit. Tall, blond, blue-eyed, and just 17-years-old, Erwin fulfilled his dream on Mayday 1941, when he gave up his apprenticeship at the Glaser bakery in Memeler Strasse and walked into the Lichterfelde barracks in Berlin as a raw, volunteer recruit.

On arrival at the Eastern Front in late summer 1941, Erwin was assigned to a frontline communications squad and soon discovered that survival was a matter of luck - or the protection of a guardian angel. Good fortune finally deserted Erwin on 11 July 1943 when shrapnel sizzled through his lung during the epic Battle of Kursk-Prokhorovka. Following a period of recovery, and promotion to Unterscharführer, Erwin took up a post as machine-gun instructor with the Ausbildung und Ersatz Bataillon.

From the war on the southern sector of the Eastern Front to a bomb-shattered Berlin populated largely by old men and demoralized lonely women, this candid eyewitness account offers a unique and sometimes surprising perspective on the life of a young Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler volunteer.

©2013 Estate of Erwin Bartmann/Derik Hammond (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This is a valuable memoir, providing both a good account of the nature of the fighting in the East, and the changing attitudes of the author, both towards the Nazi regime and the chances of final victory." (History of War)

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    James Carl Barsz, MD Casa Grande, AZ, USA 05-02-17
    James Carl Barsz, MD Casa Grande, AZ, USA 05-02-17 Member Since 2011

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    "I admire this man's loyalty"

    I loved this book. I have never before read an SS man's reminiscences, so free of political or self-serving rhetoric.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Alpharetta, GA, United States 07-27-17
    Ronald Alpharetta, GA, United States 07-27-17 Member Since 2013
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    "E xcelent book."

    Narrator was great. Very easy to listen..
    The Germans appear to be much like the Amaricans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey CASA GRANDE, AZ, United States 07-19-17
    Jeffrey CASA GRANDE, AZ, United States 07-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Sehr gut. "

    Slightly naive, but honest. The end of the war chapters were the best. It is worth a read.

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    Bryan Ketter IL 07-02-17
    Bryan Ketter IL 07-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a Nazi Apologist"

    The author throws out Jewish tropes and completely ignores the war crimes of his unit, even seemingly defending Piper.

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    Nick H. 06-10-17
    Nick H. 06-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Insight into Waffen SS"

    Interesting autobiographical look into the life of a loyal Waffen SS soldier who fought to the end of the war in the Liebstandarte. Gives a unique look from the perspective of a soldier uninvolved in anything around the einsatzgruppen or murder squads. The majority of the Waffen SS were men who just wanted to be a part of Germany's elite fighting formations. This book tells the story of one of those men and I absolutely inhaled it. Great listen, check it out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Byron J. Swafford TheSticks 04-28-17
    Byron J. Swafford TheSticks 04-28-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story"

    A great story from a honorable veteran of the Waffen SS. The men of the Waffen SS in my opinion were the finest, bravest, toughest soldiers of WW2. While other branches of the SS were despicable people, they had very little in common with the brave SOLDIERS of the various Waffen SS Divisions. They asked no quarter and fought as such. Fighting and dying for a lost cause is a hardship that is incomprehensible for most who want to judge them, but never walked a mile in their shoes. God bless them all as they slowly die off and just fade away.

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    Mary Portland, OR, United States 05-22-17
    Mary Portland, OR, United States 05-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "High rating with a major proviso"

    Giving the story 5 stars is a bit misleading. While I found it interesting to hear about training for and participating in the war I was shocked to learn how little understanding he had, even in his old age, of the reasons Germany went to war in the first place. He says it was to prevent Bolshevism world wide with no awareness or perhaps refusal to see Hitler's war-mongering. Even his telling of the suffering of German soldiers makes it sound like no one suffered as much and there was certainly no acknowledgement of concentration camps and their purpose. Oh, and he helped a Jewish neighbor once so I guess he did his bit. The only reason I finished it was because I thought perhaps there would be some coming to terms with his contribution to Europe's destruction but that was too much to hope for. I don't care if he was only 9 when Hitler came to power. He had 50+ years to understand and he never did.

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    "This shxt off the chain, son!"

    JamesFoster's buttery smooth voice reminiscent of my grandfather's mixed w/a WW2version of ErnstJunger's "StormofSteel". MeineLoyalitätIstMirEineEhre

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    "Excellent first hand account of the life of a member of the SS"

    I must say I thought this book to be excellent and gripping to say the least .
    Had me picturing actual events as he actually lived them ....
    Well done to all involved in this books publishing.....
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  • Stephen
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    "a brilliant accout "

    could not stop listening it was a very good account of what it must have been like for Mr Bartman. Thanks

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  • Jim JAMES
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    "Captivating"

    This was my first foray with an audio book. I enjoy seeing the Second World War from the German perspective. The content and delivery was excellent. I would recommend this book.

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  • Richard
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    "Fantastic!"

    Waffen ssure if i'd enjoy it or it would take me out of mein kampfort zone. Glad I did Anne Frankly I'd reichommend you download it.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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