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Download Book ë The Son and Heir 291pages ´ ➹ [Read] ➵ The Son and Heir: A Memoir By Alexander Münninghoff ➼ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A prize winning Dutch journalist’s unsparing memoir of growing up amid the excesses triumphs and devastation of post–World War II EuropeWhat can a son say upon discoA prize winning Dutch journalist’s unsparing memoir of growing up amid the excesses triumphs and devastation of post–World War II EuropeWhat can a son say upon discovering that his father wore a Nazi uniform? Reporter Alexander Münninghoff was only four when he found this mortifying relic from his father’s recent past in his attic This shameful memento came to symbolize not only his father’s tragically misguided allegiance but also a shattered marriage and ultimately the unconscionable separation of a mother and sonIn this revelatory memoir the author confronts his parents’ complex past as he reconstructs the fortunes and disillusions of an entire family upheaved during the changes of twentieth century Europe The Münninghoffs were driven by greed rebellion and rage An embattled dynasty they were torn between the right and the wrong side of history Their saga haunted Alexander’s life for the next seventy yearsOnly in reconciling with them can this man find the courage to move forward as son and heir to the startling legacy of a flawed yet grand tradition Franz Munninghof son and heir of a wealthy Russian German family living in the Netherlands discovers a secret in the attic; his father Joan Munninghof was actually working with the Nazis This father a spoiled rich kid was attracted by the huge promises of power and prominence by Hitler's regime and dreamed of being influential And he was not alone in believing this; the Duke and Duchess of Windsor hobnobbed with the Nazis perhaps dreaming of being king once after having been kicked out of England when he married a twice divorced American and abdicated the throneOne aspect perhaps Americans are not familiar with; in Europe the officers in the military are from good families historically The stratified society in a way developed the commissioned and non commissioned officer system where if you were not from aristocracy you were not part of the officers' club So if you WERE from wealthy and aristocratic origins you'd naturally have been socializing with officers in the German regime And be dazzled by them in the megalomaniac dreams of complete powerEven now three uarters of a century later you wouldn't believe how many secrets people hold about what they did in the war even though much of that generation is now gone I lived in Germany twenty years ago and the stories people would tell would unfold after you got to know them for a while and these were stories you don't read in books The elegant old gentleman walking his dog in the Kurpark every morning; an officer in the Luftwaffe and shot down twice the people who hid Jews in their barn at risk to the entire family the well built stone factory buildings left to decay in a remote corner of town in a country where every single building is maintained like a Swiss watchThis book is based on a true story with the names altered and it's a great view into the spread of the sympathizers and supporters of the terrible Nazi regime giving you an idea how deep in Europe this penetrated; it was NOT just limited to Germany and Austria Well worth reading

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A prize winning Dutch journalist’s unsparing memoir of growing up amid the excesses triumphs and devastation of post–World War II EuropeWhat can a son say upon discovering that his father wore a Nazi uniform? Reporter Alexander Münninghoff was only four when he found this mortifying relic from his father’s recent past in his attic This shameful memento came to symbolize not only his father’s tragically misguided allegiance but also a shattered marriage and ultimately the unconscionable separation of a mother and sonIn this revelatory memoir the author confronts his parents’ complex past as he reconstructs the fortunes and disillusions of an entire family upheaved during the changes of twentieth century Europe The Münninghoffs were driven by greed rebellion and rage An embattled dynasty they were torn between the right and the wrong side of history Their saga haunted Alexander’s life for the next seventy yearsOnly in reconciling with them can this man find the courage to move forward as son and heir to the startling legacy of a flawed yet grand tradition This book well written and well translated is a tale of three generations who each have different characters and cultural roots even though they are closely related The impact of ambition greed love and list and WW2 are told with a frankness and insight that is both harrowing and enthralling The tale needs to be read in steps as it is emotionally demanding War is definitely awful in what it does to individuals and Society

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The Son and Heir A MemoirA prize winning Dutch journalist’s unsparing memoir of growing up amid the excesses triumphs and devastation of post–World War II EuropeWhat can a son say upon discovering that his father wore a Nazi uniform? Reporter Alexander Münninghoff was only four when he found this mortifying relic from his father’s recent past in his attic This shameful memento came to symbolize not only his father’s tragically misguided allegiance but also a shattered marriage and ultimately the unconscionable separation of a mother and sonIn this revelatory memoir the author confronts his parents’ complex past as he reconstructs the fortunes and disillusions of an entire family upheaved during the changes of twentieth century Europe The Münninghoffs were driven by greed rebellion and rage An embattled dynasty they were torn between the right and the wrong side of history Their saga haunted Alexander’s life for the next seventy yearsOnly in reconciling with them can this man find the courage to move forward as son and heir to the startling legacy of a flawed yet grand tradition If The Son and Heir were a work of fiction it would be amazingas the true story of the decline of a dysfunctional family dynasty it's stunningWritten by award winning Dutch journalist Alexander Munninghoff the book begins with him as a 4 year old in 1948 discovering some of his his Father's war memorabilia in an attic his old SS helmet and the reaction of his family when he walks into the room they're in wearing it This sets the scene for a book full of family secrets and divisionsAlexander's Grandfather Joannes known as Joan leaves his native Netherlands for Latvia where he builds a business empire and makes all kind of connectionsfrom the political to the decidedly shady becoming one the richest men in the country in the process He marries a Russian woman and they have a daughter and 3 sonsone of whomFransis Alexander's father and the main focus of the story Frans is sent to Holland as a boy for his education in the lead up to WW2 and hates it eventually rebelling against his Father by joining the SS The rather convoluted story tells of Frans' war and the turmoil in the family when they're forced to flee Latvia as the Russians approachFrom then on it's a tale that takes in adulterykidnapcrimecorruption the warthe declining remnants of the old GermanRussian and Baltic aristocracies hippy communessuicide smuggling the traumas of former frontline soldiersalcoholismdrug addictionexploitationfamily feuds friendship loneliness povertyvast wealth politicsredemption greed and much Most of the family are damaged in some way Wera Alexander's Motheris a tragic figure the victim of some pretty awful behaviour by the tyrannical Joan and the just plain horrible Frans Alexander's life is far from normal and with his treatment of his Mother which he only realises when it's pointed out by a blunt speaking colleague is not much better than that of his forebearsThis book is already an award winnerit won the prestigious Libris History prize in 2015 but this is the first time it has been available in Englishand on that note the translation by Kristen Gehrman is superbSadly Alexander Munninghof passed away on the 28th of April 2020shortly before the publication of this translation but the book is a fitting memorial to himIf you're interested in 20th century European History want to read a fascinating family history or just enjoy an interesting and well written book you won't be disappointed with The Son and Heir