The Broken House

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In 1965 the German journalist Horst Krüger attended the Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt, where 22 former camp guards were put on trial for the systematic murder of over 1 million men, women and children. Twenty years after the end of the war, this was the first time that the German people were confronted with the horrific details of the Holocaust executed by ‘ordinary men’ still living in their midst. The trial sent Krüger back to his childhood in the 1930s, in an attempt to understand ‘how it really was, that incomprehensible time’. Written in accomplished prose of lingering beauty, ‘The Broken House’ is a moving coming-of-age story that provides an unforgettable portrait of life under the Nazis.

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‘Exquisitely written… haunting… Few books, I think, capture so well the sense of a life broken for ever by trauma and guilt’ Sunday Times

‘An unsparing, honest and insightful memoir, that shows how private failure becomes national disaster’ Hilary Mantel

Twenty years after the end of the war, Horst Krüger attempted to make sense of his childhood. He had grown up in a quiet Berlin suburb. Here, people lived ordinary lives, believed in God, obeyed the law, and were gradually seduced by the promises of Nazism.

He had been ‘the typical child of innocuous Germans who were never Nazis, and without whom the Nazis would never have been able to do their work’. With tragic inevitability, this world of respectability, order and duty began to crumble.

Written in accomplished prose of lingering beauty, The Broken House is a moving coming-of-age story that provides a searing portrait of life under the Nazis.

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Weight 0.57 kg
Dimensions 19.9 × 13 × 1.3 cm
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Paperback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

943.086092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K