This powerful memoir traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl’s journey to uncover her grandparents’ roles in the Third Reich, as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler’s elite the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story — the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations — emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth. In a remarkable, six-year journey through Germany, Poland, Paraguay, and Brazil, Julie uncovers, among many other discoveries, that her grandfather had been a fanatic member of the SS since 1934. During World War II, he was responsible for enslavement and torture, and was complicit in the murder of the local population on the large estates he oversaw in occupied Poland. He eventually fled to South America to evade a new wave of war-crimes trials. The pendulum used by Julie’s grandmother to divine good from bad and true from false becomes a symbol for the elusiveness of truth and morality but also for the false securities we cling to when we become unmoored.
The Pendulum: A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Forbidden Nazi Past
- From the Publisher
May 17, 2013
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