• Hitler's Children

  • Sons and Daughters of Third Reich Leaders
  • By: Gerald Posner
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Hitler's Children

By: Gerald Posner
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
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Publisher's Summary

Göring. Hess. Mengele. Dönitz. Names that conjure up dark memories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. They were the architects of the Third Reich. And they were fathers. Gerald Posner convinced 11 sons and daughters of Hitler's inner circle to break their silence.

This second generation of perpetrators in Hitler's Children struggle with their Third Reich inheritance. In grappling with memories of good and loving fathers who were later charged with war crimes, these heirs to the Nazi legacy add a fresh and important perspective to understanding the complexity of what historian, Hannah Arendt, dubbed "the banality of evil".

Hitler's Children is much more, however, than a series of startling family interviews. It is also a spellbinding insider's look at some of the men whose names have become synonymous with terror. This is a classic book about the second generation of Nazi perpetrators (the only one ever to have family interviews with Hess, Mengele, Donitz, and Göring.) No other book author or documentarian ever got those children to talk again. And Norman Frank, the eldest son of war criminal Hans Frank, also never spoke to anyone but Posner.

©2017 Gerald Posner (P)2017 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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Couldn’t put it down!

Just flew through this book. The narrator was so good that I never noticed him. Each person’s story was very interesting. Amazing how many of these evil men never showed remorse. I would highly recommend this book if you like history and consider yourself a student of human beings.

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Very informative

It is eye opening to see the perspectives of children of Nazis. Many of them have different viewpoints and this gives good insight into how their childhood, and whole life for that matter, affected them.

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This book should be required reading for history class. Amazing to hear from these children of Nazi.

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Good but not entirely accurate

It's a good book and fairly well written, but there ate somw "facts" stated in the book that aren't at all accurate. The first one being, the book states that Hitler shot himself in the mouth, but it's been revealed by people who were there and physically saw his body, that he shot himself in the right temple. Hitler's valet himself talks about in the memoir he wrote "With Hitler to the End". The second one being, the book states that Goering intentionally didn't offer any assistance to help Hitler escape in the final days of the war. But in reality Hitler had already dismissed Goering from all his posts. By that point Goering had no authority and was under arrest. He was barely able to escape himself by persuading some of the SS officers that were keeping him prisoner to let him leave. Overall it does offer some good insight, especially that part about Rudolf Hess, it was wrong what the British did to him, all for the sake of keeping their dirty secrets hidden.

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Must listen...

The torment of a different generation, having to live with the gruesome reality of their fathers and grandfathers. excellent read.

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Lessons for us all

Seeing how easily this happened, one can see how easily it all can happen again.

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Fascinating and interesting

This is a very interesting examination, done in a spellbinding way, of the lives and thoughts of the children of Nazi perpetrators. It also includes brief information about the lives of the perpetrators, which makes it easier to see how and why the children feel what they do. Also, it’s very well narrated.

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What horrible times, horrific stories that these children/adults had to face, not just while growing up but as adults. Acceptance seems to be the key to continue loving your parents and their mistakes during war.

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Abundantly Interesting Book

Narrator's voice was perfect. Topic was fascinating. Well-written & will listen to this author again.

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Struggled to finish . a
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  • C. Hamilton-welsh
  • 10-04-17

very good

an interesting approach to understanding the legacy of these monstrous men from the perspective of these children. it is disturbing how great many of the nazis were as fathers. it is understandable why the children have struggled with their identities but there are such differing outcomes for this struggle. highly recommended

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  • Samantha cross
  • 10-14-19

Thought provoking

An insightful book about the children of the nazis , some innocent and trying to redress what happened, some not so . How they must struggle to bear the wrongs of their parents