From the book jacket:
In 1937, three-year-old Irmgard Hunt was photographed
sitting on Hitler's knee; it was one of her parents' proudest moments.
Hunt's memoir is an intimate glimpse into a German childhood under the Third
Reich in the small Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden (close to Hitler's Eagle's
Nest headquarters). This is not an apology on behalf of her homeland,
instead she tells of an ordinary family's survival in insane times, and
reveals memories of an era when a civilized nation's moral compass broke down
and its people lost their way.
Memoirs written by survivors of WWII are plentiful; but where are the
memoirs of the ordinary Germans who considered themselves moral, honorable, and
hardworking, who voted Hitler into power and supported him to the bitter end?
According to Irmgard Hunt there are few,...
Beyond the Book
Some years after WWII, Hunt
moved to the USA. Before retiring, she was an executive at a number of
environmental organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the
Environmental Partnership for Central Europe, a project of the German
Marshall Fund. She lives in Washington, D.C., and has two children and two
- The web appears to offer very little historical information about Berchtesgaden and
the Eagle's Nest. The best I could find is a
company website that has a little information about the area
and a couple of photos.