A Life Outside My Father's Shadow

A Memoir Spanning Two Generations in Germany

by Fritz E. Schwalm



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/17/2024

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781665756990
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781665756983
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781665757003

About the Book

In 1936, the year Fritz Schwalm was born, Adolph Hitler had high approval ratings. Fritz’s parents supported the national socialist state, and his father was an SS officer employed in the Race and Settlement Office (Rasse and Siedlungs Hauptamt, RuSHA). The office became the focus of a military tribunal of the Nuremberg trials, and his father was sentenced to ten years in prison. Decades later, after his father’s death, Fritz discovered his diaries, penned during the first four years in captivity that included the trial.
In a fascinating memoir, Fritz begins by sharing his father’s journals that detail his thoughts about Germany’s successes and failures under the Hitler regime, beginning with his internment in a camp near Hamburg, Neuengamme. In the following section, Fritz chronicles his own life growing up under the Nazi regime. After revealing how the defeat of Germany in 1945 and its consequences confronted him with traditional political and social norms, he leads others through the events of his subsequent life, rich in adventures and free choices, stark contrasts of what his life would have been in a society governed by rigid social norms and ideological biases.
A Life Outside My Father’s Shadow shares the contrasting perspectives and views of a German SS officer father and his son as the events of a brutal war transformed the world.

About the Author

Fritz E. Schwalm was born in 1936 in a small town in central Germany. He earned a PhD in biology at the Philipps University in Marburg, and his family moved to the United States in 1968. Dr. Schwalm retired from a college career in 2001.