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You can't choose your family. The author's father served in the SS, his industrialist grandfather made a fortune by firstly supplying the Reich then the Allies post WW2. This biography gives a unique inside view of the motivations of those who enable Hitler's machine. Perhaps it's the translation, I found the writing surprisingly ordinary considering the author was an awarded journalist. However it is worth reading for the unique perspective of a tumultuous time.
The book describes the lives of the rich Dutch family and their friends before, during and after WWII and it helps if reader is familiar with European history of these times. If you like historical details you will find abundance of them here. However, at least for me, the first half of the book is overloaded with unnecessary information. I did not really need to learn all the complicated family and social histories of every minor character showing up in the story. The second half is more focused and is easier to follow.
The big part of the book is essentially about how the rich and well connected survived the WWII. This is illustrated well by the figure of dominating grandfather (“big boss”) who managed to accumulate his fortune by “playing all sides” and relying on his “old boys club”. The rest of the family essentially depends on him, even while rebelling against his rules. The war experience destroyed lives of many characters described here and according to author’s note the book is about “consequences of war”. But big part of it is just about “chasing the money”. My main problem with this book is that I found it very difficult to develop any warm feeling for any of the protagonists. But it may be just me and maybe it is just the historical truth about these people that needed to be told. Also, this book may be much more appealing to the descendants of pre-WWII aristocracy.
This would be most interesting to people who know of the journalist/author. It reads more like a celebrity bio than a history of that time. For American readers, this would be the equivalent to reading Walter Cronkite's bio (with Nazis).
Alexander Münninghoff (son, narrator, Leiden U), Frans Münninghoff & Wera (wife/mother) married 5/11/1842, Hamburg, Germany. Alexander under covered a secret about Frans shameful past. 2/12/1947, Frans Münninghoff & Mimousse Münninghoff were roused out of their beds at Ridderborn Castle. The police raided Mimousse’s apartment in Brussels where they found Guus van Blaem’s (son/brother) illegal drug stash. The Public Prosecution Service appointed Johannes Zaaijer (procurator general) to oversee the war crimes. After the trial Frans was sent to prison in Scheveningen, Hague, Netherlands. The War crimes trials continued.
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Warning: This book contains descriptive accounts of extremely graphic adult content (racial hatred), violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material minor/adult verbal, psychological, emotional, physical & sexual abuse) which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. If you are especially sensitive to this type of material, it is strongly advised not to read any further.
An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written Memoir book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters & facts to keep track of. This could also make another great Memoir movie, PP presentation, or better yet a mini-TV series or even a documentary (A & E; History channel; PBS). It wasn’t detailed enough about the Nazi father, so I will only rate it at 3/5 stars.
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This book would have been much better as a novel than it was as a memoir. I cannot say that it was boring, but it is a dry slog. The focus of the book is the Munninghoff family in the years leading up to WWII and then post war. The Munninghoff’s were a wealthy Dutch family living in Riga until they had to relocate to the Netherlands to avoid the Soviets. No one is remotely likable or respectable. There is the son who joins the SS, the horrible Old Boss and way too many people to keep track of. And there is the problem. The author/memoirist is in there, and he could have carried the narrative, but his story got lost. This book was free on the World Book Day promotion. It was not a hit with me and nothing in the history or narrative was special enough to balance out the flaws.
Dutch journalist Alexander Münninghoff has penned an interesting memoir in The Son and Heir. The book details his family’s life before the war through an anti-German postwar Netherlands. The family history makes for a thought-provoking read, especially when the fact that his father was a Waffen-SS Nazi officer comes to light. Though it could use a bit more editing, it is well-written and a good read.