A Third Reich Past Why I Cannot Answer Questions about My Grandfather

Bestselling German crime author Ferdinand von Schirach is the grandson of Baldur von Schirach, who was head of the Hitler Youth. In an essay for SPIEGEL, he writes for the first time about his relationship to his grandfather and why he cannot explain his grandfather's deeds.
Von Ferdinand von Schirach
Baldur von Schirach (right), the head of the Hitler Youth, is seen with Adolf Hitler in 1936.

Baldur von Schirach (right), the head of the Hitler Youth, is seen with Adolf Hitler in 1936.

Foto: AKG
Translated from the German by Josh Ward
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