My Father's Country - Wibke Bruhns & Shaun Whiteside

My Father's Country

By Wibke Bruhns & Shaun Whiteside

  • Release Date: 2008-05-06
  • Genre: Europe


In this gripping memoir, the daughter of a man who conspired to assassinate Hitler tells the story of three generations of her family and offers unparalleled insight into the German experience in the last century.

On August 15, 1944, Major Hans Georg Klamroth was tried for treason for his part in the July Plot to kill Hitler. Eleven days later, he was executed. His youngest daughter, Wibke Bruhns, was six years old. Decades later, watching a documentary about the events of July 20, she saw images of her father in court suddenly appear on-screen. “I stare at this man with the empty face. I don't know him. But I can see myself in him.” How could her family succumb to Nazi sympathies? And what made her father finally renounce Hitler?

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • And What A Time and Country

    By Fpiano
    The author tries to be fair but is obviously still in turmoil over Nazi Germany and her parent's participation 70 years and more ago. She has access to family records, diaries and spoke to people who knew her parents first hand. She herself barely has any memory of her father. Bruhns is a professional journalist and a good writer with an incredible personal family history. Read it for the human history that has been mostly locked up in Germans for all these years. Read it and you will get a first hand view of the stew of poverty, inflation, naïveté, evil, bad luck and horror of the times.