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Traces of My Father

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I recall the long solo journeys when I would think about my father: the Oberfeldarzt (Retired), the Reichsamtsleiter in the SS, the adjutant to Heinrich Himmler, the author of New Foundations for Racial Research, the man described by the chief prosecutor in the Eichmann trial as a 'desk murderer,' the man I knew: my father.

In 1979 Sigfrid Gauch published the groundbreaking
Paperback, 135 pages
Published July 17th 2002 by Northwestern University Press
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Sometimes you've got to be a jerk and be honest in a book review, even if it's a memoir. This one didn't move me; I didn't feel attached to it or affected in any way. I did enjoy seeing the duality of the father figure, Hermann Gauch, a former Nazi and strict, yet caring father. The transference of grief and trauma is clear in this intergenerational memoir, both autobiographical and biographical. However, I didn't feel at the end that I saw the father than Sigfrid did, and that should have been ...more
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