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Mine is the only personal account by a high-ranking leader of the Hitler Youth who came to terms with his fanaticism and eventually became an American citizen. Although the book describes Hitler's charismatic attraction, the book doesn't glorify the Nazi era. I intended it as a warning to the young, who are often easy prey to the prejudices of their elders.
The book is required reading in hundreds of American schools and universities, and I'm a frequent lecturer on all aspects of Nazi Germany, but especially on racial prejudice as the cornerstone of the Nazi ideology.
In 1988, I was invited by the BBC to come to Nuremberg to be included in the documentary "The Fatal Attraction of Adolf Hitler," a film that is often aired on American television.
The American TV Company HBO made a documentary of my life based on this book. The documentary was praised as the best historical film of 1991. As both its subject and its narrator, I received an "Emmy' and "Peabody Award," as well as other awards.
The book was widely acclaimed when it was published in 1984, and interested readers may read some of the reviews and my own extensive biography and interview on amazon.com.