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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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    Daniel S Seely 08-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow what a ride"

    These guys had a life not many will experience. Hell on the eastern front with sex strewn about. No doubt there are many men now forgotten whose stories we would die for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Cranley 07-27-17
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    "Incredible Biography"
    What did you love best about Fur Volk and Fuhrer?

    Totally absorbing - did not want to turn it off. Cant believe the author is 88 years old.


    1 of 1 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Heuer 11-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interessantes Buch"

    Sehr interessantes Buch, wäre schön gewesen wenn man erfahren hätte wie einige seiner Kameraden den krieg überstanden haben oder seine Familie.

    “Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry”

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    Steven K. Arnold 09-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Remember: this is a memoir."

    This is a pretty disappointing listen. Sure they were cold, hungry, and sometimes ran out of ammunition.

    But there's no mention of shooting prisoners and the other things the SS is infamous for.

    I suppose I shouldn't expect a confession to war crimes. But any work that fails to mention SS atrocities, is dishonest.

    I suggest you keep shopping. And, if you haven't read "The Forgotten Soldier" or "Soldat," I'll recommend both. "The Forgotten Soldier is, by far, one of the top five WWII memoirs; right along side "With the Old Breed" by Sledge.

    I hate to be harsh. But this was a bit disappointing.

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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.

    2 of 3 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.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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  • Laura
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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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    JJ Y

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/16/17
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    "Pro-Nazi?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Interesting to hear a story from someone in the Nazi SS.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fur Volk and Fuhrer?

    I was surprised that the author had selective amnesia about anything negative regarding the SS and the Nazi regime.
    Although his parents were Nazi party members and he was indoctrinated into the racist system he hardly mentions antisemitism and even claims to have been friendly and helped Jewish neighbours.
    I don't believe a Nazi would call good morning to a Jewish labour in 1939 and go out of his way to help them in 1940?
    Erwin implies that the SS Leibstandart had nothing to do with war crimes which goes against all the historical evidence.
    From the very start of the war the Leibstandarte comited atrocities,
    In 1939 members of the LSSAH committed atrocities in numerous Polish towns, including the murder of 50 Jews in Błonie and the massacre of 200 civilians, including children, who were machine gunned in Złoczew. Shootings also took place in Bolesławiec, Torzeniec, Goworowo, Mława, and Włocławek.
    On 28 May 1940 the Leibstandarte had taken the village of Wormhout, only ten miles from Dunkirk. After their surrender, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, along with some other units (including French soldiers) were taken to a barn in La Plaine au Bois near Wormhout and Esquelbecq. It was there that troops of the Leibstandarte 2nd Battalion committed the Wormhoudt massacre, where 80 British and French prisoners of war were killed.
    The list of crimes go's on and on but for Erwin and his story the SS are all good chaps.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The naration was a little monotone.


    Could you see Fur Volk and Fuhrer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Only if you want to see a Nazi properganda film.


    Any additional comments?

    A book about the SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler that glosses over antisematism against the Jews and war crimes against prisoners and civilians is a work of fiction and not a credible memoir of the SS at war.
    Unfortunatly this book could be seen as Nazi properganda as it distorts the facts and portraise the SS troops as heros when they were political fanatics who took part in some of the worst crimes of the 20th century.
    Bottom line is Erwin only tells you what he wants you to hear.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C. Hamilton-welsh
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    9/9/17
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    "really well written and read. "

    interesting and compelling perspective of an elite young German soldier. so much detail, very vivid. highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    7/14/17
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jim JAMES
    5/7/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roo
    GERRARDS CROSS Buckinghamshire
    11/19/17
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    "WW2 The tragedy of the 20th Century"

    I like the story of an ordinary person caught up in world shattering events.
    For the lower classes, whether your master be a facist or a communist, the outcome is just the same.........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • caulms@excite.co.uk
    a reader from Oxfordshire, U.K.
    9/4/17
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    "Terrible choice of narrator"

    This book gives an interesting viewpoint to the war in Russia however the narrators american accent and terrible american pronunciations have ruined this as an audio book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    5/3/17
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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.

    6 of 22 people found this review helpful

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