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Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
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Derek Niemann talks about and signs his book, A Nazi in the Family

Tuesday 06 October 2015
7:30 pm

“I was at Dachau. Not as an inmate – I was one of the bad Germans. I used to tell people I was in Munich, but no, I was at Dachau.” – Rudolf Adolf August Martin Wilhelm Niemann (my Dad)

 

For most of his life, Derek Niemann’s father kept his early childhood hidden away from the world, his children, even, perhaps, from himself. Though he had lived through the war in Nazi Germany, he never, ever, discussed it in front of anyone. It wasn’t until Derek was 50 years of age that he made the chilling discovery that his grandfather Karl had been an officer in the SS, attached to the slave labour camp in Dachau, with his family and children living nearby. A lifetime of unsettling hints and clues began to fall into place, and Derek set out to unearth the true story of an often contradictory family man and his involvement in one of the greatest horrors in human history.

Scots-born Derek Niemann is a nature writer and editor, now freelance after 25 years working for the RSPB. His previous book, Birds in a Cage (Short Books, 2012), the true story of POWs who overcame the hardships of imprisonment by watching birds, combines his twin passions for history and natural history. Derek has also written a number of wildlife books for children, as well as columns for the Guardian and BBC Wildlife.

Tickets are £4, which can be deducted from the cost of the hardback book (£14.99) if purchased on the evening.

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