The Healing Wound by Gitta Sereny
Experiences and Reflections, Germany, 1938-2001

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Few Individuals have written about the evil forces of Hitler's Germany with the immediacy and urgency of Gitta Sereny. She first encountered the Nazis in 1934 at age eleven when she witnessed a Nuremberg rally, and in 1940 she was in Paris when the Blitzkrieg overran the Allied armies. In 1942, warned of impending arrest for having hidden British pilots, she fled across the Pyrenees. In The Healing Wound Sereny presents a vital historical account of Germany in the twentieth century, exploring the guilt which is in many ways the legacy of Nazism. She argues that despite the remarkable achievements of Germany since 1945, the awareness of the horrors committed in their name remains in the minds of Germans to this day -- an open wound of historical culpability. The Healing Wound combines political statement with the haunting personal memories of one of the twentieth century's most relentless witnesses.

About Gitta Sereny

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Her previous books include Into That Darkness, Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth & most recently Cries Unheard. Born in Vienna, she lives in London.
Published October 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Sereny tells of her experiences tracking down babies kidnapped from territories conquered by Germans, for example, using those experiences to show how ordinary folks fooled themselves into thinking nothing was wrong with raising and loving stolen children.

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Gitta Sereny, a writer perhaps best known for her extraordinary 1995 biography of Albert Speer, has spent most of her 78 years attempting to understand human evil.

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