- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1574885677
- ISBN-13: 978-1574885675
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your Loyal and Loving Son: The Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937-1941 1st Edition
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This is a typically grim World War II story, assembled from the letters of a fine young man who was killed in action near Moscow before he ever saw his son. If there is any atypical grimness, it lies in Wehrmacht tanker Fuchs' having been the son of a devout Nazi and a subscriber to every bit of ideological scheiss that made him and his comrades a scourge to civilization. In between effusions of hatred, however, one finds in his letters complaints about lousy food and trying to live on a student's stipend in the face of a housing shortage. Fuchs loved his wife and the son he never saw (who is the editor-translator of the letters), wondered if he was ever going to get into the war and if his superiors were really on his side, and quarreled with his father, who seems to have been an old-style Teutonic paterfamilias. After reading the letters and Showalter's invaluable commentary, one is glad Fuchs' side lost but regrets that he did not survive. Roland Green
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"Provide[s] some highly valuable insights into the mind of a young German at the apex of the Third Reich's power. . . . The outstanding commentary by Professor Dennis Showalter brings special historical meaning to many of the details and nuances of the author's private and premilitary existence, as well as his military experiences. . . . Especially valuable for . . . the student of Third Reich culture and more ardent scholars of World War II German military history."
"For those examining why average Germans followed Hitler, Fuchs' diary provides one impression of Hitler's regime at its zenith--and not a post-defeat expiation."
"Fuchs's interesting letters . . . help reveal combat conditions on the Eastern Front and the Nazi zeal of the soldiers who unflinchingly served in Hitler's war machine."
"It provides an excellent depiction of life in Germany in the Wehrmacht just before World War II. . . . Mr. Showalter's notes are excellent. . . ."
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A representative and telling example of Fuchs' fanaticism is his Christmas 1939 letter to his father which he concludes with the following passage: "What is uppermost in our minds this Christmas is adherence to duty to our beloved Fuhrer and to our Fatherland to our last dying breath. May this sense of duty and a quiet handshake between us be our mutual Christmas greeting. Heil Hitler! Your loyal son, Karl." This on Christmas! In Fuchs and his family we have a clear picture of the kind of people who made the Auschwitzes and Babi Yars possible. For this, the book has some minor usefulness. But as other reviewers have noted, overall it's really pretty boring.