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The Son and Heir: A Memoir by [Alexander Münninghoff, Kristen Gehrman]
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The author of this moving memoir died in April 2020, just a few months before the book’s publication in English. Alexander Münninghoff had lived an extraordinary life, through extraordinary times. He was born to a German mother and a Dutch father during a bombing raid in World War II and spent the first days of his life in a bomb shelter. He grew up in the Netherlands, where he became a respected prize-winning journalist. But he spent most of his life hiding a shameful family secret—that he was the son of a Waffen-SS Nazi officer.

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

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About the Author

Alexander Münninghoff was born in Posen, Poland, in 1944. A journalist and expert on Russia, he won the prize for newspaper journalism (a Dutch Pulitzer), and is the author of Tropical Years in Moscow, about his time as a correspondent in the Soviet Union. A passionate chess player, Münninghoff wrote the biographies of Dutch chess grand master Jan Hein Donner, and the chess master he dethroned, former world champion Max Euwe. In the anti-German postwar years and throughout his career, Münninghoff never told his friends or colleagues about his family, the complex chronology of which he reveals in his memoir, The Son and Heir. The book went on to win the prestigious Libris History Prize in 2015 and the Littéraire Witte Award in 2016.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07WG87YY3
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amazon Crossing (1 August 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4637 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 279 pages
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