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Post-war lies
Malte Christian Walter Herwig
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A German bestseller

Post-War Lies is a superb portrait of a torn generation: the Nazi Party's youngest members, those born between 1919 and 1927, who were raised on an ideological diet of racism and militarism. A number of them - from prominent politician Hans-Dietrich Genscher to writer Martin Walser - were later to become leading public figures in federal Germany.

In this meticulously researched book, Malte Herwig reveals how Germany handled these former party members. For nearly half a century, it was a case of 'don't ask, don't tell'. While the US government held captured Nazi records - such as the party's central membership file - the German government used every available means to delay the return of the Nazi archive for half a century until the last top politician with a Nazi file had retired. Herwig also found a list of high-ranking German politicians whose Nazi membership files had been secreted between the 1960s and early 1990s.

Many of this generation kept quiet about their connection to the Nazi Party, or denied it, or pushed it to the backs of their minds and forgot all about it. Post-War Lies tells their hitherto unknown story, from the Third Reich to the post-war de-Nazification process and into the present. It is also a young historian's contribution to an important contemporary debate about historical truth and human honesty.

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Malte Herwig is a reporter, broadcaster, and historian. He is known for his in-depth interviews and investigative features, and his articles have appeared widely in US, British, and German publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, and Vanity Fair. Herwig was the only journalist to interview former SS captain and convicted war criminal Erich Priebke.

'A must read.'

Die Welt

'A very informative and nuanced study.'

Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung

'Malte Herwig has opened Pandora's box.'


'Herwig follows the bungled attempts to destroy the bureaucratic records and identifies prominent post-war politicians, artists, writers and others who hid or denied their involvement with the Nazis ... [revealing] undercurrents of Nazism that still exist'

Herald Sun

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Keyword Index
Nazis - Germany.|National socialism.|Germany - Politics and government - 1945-1990.
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Number of Pages
viii, 264

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