Opi: The Two Lives of My Grandfather
In 1937, the Nazi propaganda machine feted Friedrich Wilhelm Hymmen as a literary star. A decade later, he gave up writing fiction altogether as an act of self-punishment for his complicity in the crimes of the Nazi regime. Now his grandson, Melbourne writer Andreas Pohl, tries to find answers to the question of how a talented young man from an educated middle-class family was radicalised into joining the Nazi movement. He discovers a story of how education, talent and keen ambition led to collusion with one of the most murderous regimes of the 20th century. A story about guilt, memory, and the joys and limitations of reinvention. And most of all, a story about whether the love of a grandson can withstand the revelations about his grandfather’s past.
But the past is not so easily escaped, as this thoughtful and eloquent reckoning with his grandfather’s flawed life and atonement shows.'
It's a story about guilt, memory, and the joys and limitations of reinvention, and about whether the love of a grandson can withstand the revelations about his grandfather's past.'
The writing is assured, marked by familial pride tinged with sadness.'
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- Family, WWII, Holocaust
Andreas Pohl, writer, educator and researcher, migrated from Germany to Australia. He worked extensively in Vietnam, focusing on education and foreign aid. He co-authored three Vietnamese cookbooks: ‘KOTO – A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam’, ‘Vietnamese Street Food’ and ‘Made in Vietnam’.
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