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A Cautionary Tale

by Jonas Cukierman

This is the story of how Hitler came to power told through the eyes of his niece, Geli Raubal. Although a work of fiction, Hitler’s Niece is based on factual events. It retells the conditions in Germany after World War I, and the disorder which created the climate for Hitler’s rise to power. In addition, it greatly details the lives of the other major players of the Third Reich. It talks about how such characters as Goebbels, Goering, and Hitler were all relative failures, and for that reason had to blame somebody, mainly the Jews and Communists, for their lack of financial and career success. One account speaks of how the Brownshirts assault an old man at a rally just because he happened to “look like” Vladimir Lenin. The book points out the unmistakable reasons why such thugs came together, and how blowing personal failures to a level of racist fury can become a powder keg leading to a collective feeding frenzy. To be sure, the book also tells of how Hitler’s family reflected inwardly on how insane the “Führer” and his entourage was, and how complacency always allows the evil in society to flourish. In this work, Hitler’s followers catapult him to the level of a deity and describe themselves in so many words as willing slaves to the whims of the Führer. It also probes into the plasticity and façade that was the Reich. Hitler’s Niece is an honest and necessary tale of caution. A must-read for all those concerned with how one level of mere unhappiness among a group of people can mount into a full-blown campaign of extermination. The fact this book retells true historical accounts through the fictional eyes of Geli Raubal does not detract in any way from its effectiveness.