In The Son and Heir, Alexander Münninghoff takes his family history out of the closet and into the light of day once and for all, using his expertise as an investigative journalist to uncover the truth of his heritage. The opening of the book is absolutely mesmerizing. He tells a story of when he was four years old and playing in his dad’s closet. He discovered, tucked away, an old war helmet with the SS insignia printed on the side. When he put it on and ran into the family room, where the extended family was all gathered, the conversation screeched to a halt. He never forgot the bewildering and frightening tension in the air at that moment.
In a family history as moving as it is fascinating, Münninghoff delivers a bewitchingly honest and brave examination of the forces that shaped his father during the tumultuous events of twentieth-century Europe, painting a portrait of how an ordinary man became complicit in evil.
- Liza Darnton, Editor