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A life between two nationalities, two identities,
By A Customer
This review is from: True To Both My Selves (Paperback)
True to both my selves - a very daring journey into the memory of a life between two nationalities, two sets of values, two lives entirely separated from each other. Fitzherbert not only works through her past with refreshing - and at times astounding - honesty, but also provides a window into the minds of those German children who grew up in Germany during the time of the third Reich. By inviting the reader to join her as she re-lives her own life story, she sheds light on questions of national and personal guilt and on the power of indoctrination.
"True to both my selves" does not take away from the horrors of the third Reich, yet Fitzherbert's story reminds the reader of the intricacy of human stories involved in history - be it on the side of the villain (Germany in this case) or the defender of freedom (Great Britain in this case). In the end, love, fear, relationships, happiness and pain are experienced irrespective of political conviction.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain an insight into the experience of young Germans in Nazi Germany. I also recommend it as an honest and sensitive account of learning to be yourself in an environment that tries to make you into someone that will fit the mold.