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Fur Volk and Fuhrer

The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Narrateur(s): James Foster
Durée: 8 h et 49 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 évaluations)

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Like many Germans, Berlin schoolboy Erwin Bartmann fell under the spell of the Zeitgeist cultivated by the Nazis. Convinced he was growing up in the best country in the world, he dreamt of joining the Leibstandarte, Hitler's elite Waffen SS unit. Tall, blond, blue-eyed, and just 17-years-old, Erwin fulfilled his dream on Mayday 1941, when he gave up his apprenticeship at the Glaser bakery in Memeler Strasse and walked into the Lichterfelde barracks in Berlin as a raw, volunteer recruit.

On arrival at the Eastern Front in late summer 1941, Erwin was assigned to a frontline communications squad and soon discovered that survival was a matter of luck - or the protection of a guardian angel. Good fortune finally deserted Erwin on 11 July 1943 when shrapnel sizzled through his lung during the epic Battle of Kursk-Prokhorovka. Following a period of recovery, and promotion to Unterscharführer, Erwin took up a post as machine-gun instructor with the Ausbildung und Ersatz Bataillon.

From the war on the southern sector of the Eastern Front to a bomb-shattered Berlin populated largely by old men and demoralized lonely women, this candid eyewitness account offers a unique and sometimes surprising perspective on the life of a young Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler volunteer.

©2013 Estate of Erwin Bartmann/Derik Hammond (P)2017 Tantor

Ce que les critiques en disent

"This is a valuable memoir, providing both a good account of the nature of the fighting in the East, and the changing attitudes of the author, both towards the Nazi regime and the chances of final victory." ( History of War)

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An enjoyable honest read

I enjoyed the story. the author doesn't shy away from discussing some of the more sordid actions of his country during the war, not very common in books by German vets.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-08-15

A very good book

It's too bad sometimes the narrator makes an error and it has not been edited out but overall it's not too bothering. The book in itself is great

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  • Daniel S Seely
  • 2017-08-06

Wow what a ride

These guys had a life not many will experience. Hell on the eastern front with sex strewn about. No doubt there are many men now forgotten whose stories we would die for.

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  • Rhonda
  • 2018-04-07

The Ost Front

Where does Fur Volk and Fuhrer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Close to the top in books about the Second World War.The best and most honest book about the Russian Front.

What other book might you compare Fur Volk and Fuhrer to and why?

It is the best book on the Russian front I've seen .The Forgotten Solider is another good book about the Russian.

Have you listened to any of James Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the best of his books I have listened to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The honesty of this book .

Any additional comments?

For those who like personal accounts of the common solider this a book for you

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2017-07-19

Sehr gut.

Slightly naive, but honest. The end of the war chapters were the best. It is worth a read.

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  • Nick H.
  • 2017-06-10

Insight into Waffen SS

Interesting autobiographical look into the life of a loyal Waffen SS soldier who fought to the end of the war in the Liebstandarte. Gives a unique look from the perspective of a soldier uninvolved in anything around the einsatzgruppen or murder squads. The majority of the Waffen SS were men who just wanted to be a part of Germany's elite fighting formations. This book tells the story of one of those men and I absolutely inhaled it. Great listen, check it out.

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  • Krista
  • 2019-07-22

A moving, detailed memoir of an honorable man.

This book is a definite gem for any who have interest in ther topic.

Highly detailed in his recollections of what happened, it gives one a great sense of what it was like serving as a Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, from the beginning phase of recruitment to being captured.

There is little information about that which the author was not aware - which makes it all the more believable and enchanting.

Thank you Herr Bartmann.

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  • Matt
  • 2019-01-07

Book was much less battle related than I expected.

I likely went in with the wrong expectations. I can't argue with the facts about what happened to the guy but compared to other wwII books, this guy either saw or wrote about very little action. It seemed like he spent the majority of the war in Berlin recovering from minor wounds. Most of the book seemed to be about all the women he got while the rest of the German men were off doing the fighting. Tigers in the Mud and Panzer Ace we're non-stop action compared to this book.

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  • alexander
  • 2018-08-08

Very little combat , still worth the read though

If you're looking for the combat POV style book then this is not for you. Overall it was a good story though and gave you a thorough understanding of German life during WWII. I would still recommend this book, but just know its not a lot of action.

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  • Peter Cranley
  • 2017-07-27

Incredible Biography

What did you love best about Fur Volk and Fuhrer?

Totally absorbing - did not want to turn it off. Cant believe the author is 88 years old.

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  • livy111us
  • 2020-01-18

great book

loved the step by step detail of his accounting the battles worth the Russians and ultimate capture by the allies

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  • logan chase
  • 2019-12-20

Insightful for a WW2 nerd. Horror, humor, love

humor, horror and love make up this story and its a clear picture and story told by a impressive actor

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