On August 15 1944, defense officer Hans Georg Klamroth was tried for high treason at the Third Reich's People s Court. Eleven days later, he was executed in Pl tzensee prison. ibke Bruhns, his youngest daughter, was six years old at the time. Decades later, watching a TV documentary about the events of 20th July, images of her father in the court room suddenly appeared on screen. I stare at this man with the empty face. I don t know him. But I can see myself in him his eyes are my eyes; I know I resemble him. I know I wouldn t be here without him. And what do I know about him? Nothing at all. In My Father's Country Bruhns tells the story of her search for her father. Looking deep into the past, she returned to Halberstadt in Northern Germany, where her ancestors, the Klamroth family, worked for generations as country merchants. Her research uncovered photos, letters and diaries, documenting the fate of the renowned merchant family, from Kaiser Wilhelm to the end of WWII, which she uses to tell a unique and unforgettable family epic. Engaging with her family on both an emotional and political level, My Father's Country is both a family memoir and a work of history, powerfu
Wibke Bruhns was born in 1938 in Halberstadt. She has worked as a journalist in both TV and print and as a TV presenter and news reader. She has worked as a correspondent for Stern magazine in the US and Israel and headed the culture section at one of Germany's largest radio stations, ORB. She has two grown-up daughters and now lives and works as a freelance writer in Berlin.