Family Bonds and Coming to Terms with the Nazi Past

Tiia Sahrakorpi


This article is about the way generational bonds were affected by Nazism. The Hitler Youth generation, here defined as those born from 1925 to 1933, were children during the Third Reich. Their memoirs, typically written in late adulthood, indicate the problematic nature of coming to terms with the past. This generation’s parents were influenced by earlier historical events, and this article seeks to show how many different influences were in place which affected family bonding in the 1930s. Lastly, the article uses two memoirs as examples to show how two different individuals attempted to discuss their families and their pasts.

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DOI: 10.14324/111.2057-2212.062


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