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The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family Paperback – August 23, 1994
"Hitler's Forgotten Children" by Ingrid von Oelhafen
The Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program. Learn more | See related books
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That the Warburg family loved their German homeland is indisputable. Even after WWII, some descendents could not resist returning to Hamburg, to see the old estates, to embrace old nannies, employees and to on one occassion, steal back a valuable vase that the Nazi's had appropriated elsewhere. They were passionate German citizens later of course spurned and victimized.
From Imperial and then Weimar Germany, the Warburgs were integral to achieving the ends of their leaders; Max Warburg worked tirelessly up until the very end, to secure a peaceful neutralization of Hitler's intention for the Jews. He was involved in assuring a Dutch purchase of Nyassaland in Northern Mozambique which ultimately played a significant role for Rommel's troops.
The family with connections to the Rothschilds, Loebs, Kuhns and others had solid foundations in the U.S. with one Warburg advising Theodore Roosevelt and later, of course, FDR. And logically, from this family where ambivalence toward Judaeism was an on-going theme, there were inevitable struggles and betrayals during the seeding and conceptualization of an Israeli sovereign state.
The book has many levels of interest- it involves a history of culture and the arts, of Jewish European exodus to the U.S and to Israel, it presents scenes of wealthy Jews celebrating with Christmas trees, of kids attending Anglican schools, and even flirtations with far left and deeply conservative politics.Read more ›
These are some of the impressions I was left with:
You cant but notice and appreciate the style and journalistic craftsmanship of Ron Chernow in the making of this book.
What adds to that appreciation is the fact that details about this family (especially the German side) must of have been very hard to find and disclose, as the power of the banking families is secrecy. Kuddos to Ron for doing that. The enormous amount of details gives a complete picture of the history of the family.
The description of the struggle of the Warburgs under the Nazis (their weakness [the denial, the false hopes, etc] as well as their strengths), and the description of how the sneaky nazis dealt with with the high-finance class of Jewish bankers, it was all new to me. Even the fact and details of the post-war details were quite astonishing.
The details of the involvement of the American Warburg was also new, or rather I only knew pieces of it. This book put it all together and in the same context.
The only negative or rather neutral impression is that as much as Mr. Chernow had tried to describe the fact in a fair and honest way (and backed up by fact and bibliography) you just feel that the story seem to be told by the family members themselves, as the way they saw or interpret things to have happened. The facts are there but they seem to be there in order to lead you to a predefined conclusion, instead of leaving the reader to interpret them.Read more ›
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I am a big fan of all of Ron Chernow's books but this is my absolute favorite and incredibly powerful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Captivating story that is loaded with history.
The lineage of the family as well l their relationship to each other. Read more
Chernow skipped over Paul Warburg's involvement in the creation of the Fed. That was the reason to buy the book.Published 5 months ago by Graham James
Excellent book. If you like biographies you must read all of Chernov's work.Published 8 months ago by Conner K.