Irmgard Hunt was born in Nazi Germany and brought up in the Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden, just outside the fence that surrounded Hitler's alpine retreat. At the age of three, she was photographed sitting on the Fuhrer's knee - one of her parents' proudest moments. Irmgard grew up innocently accepting the Nazi doctrine, believing the lies of her teachers and joyfully singing anthems to National Socialism. In simple, powerful prose Hunt reveals the creeping Nazification of Germany and shows how ordinary people were seduced - and cowed - by the campaigns set in train by their leaders.
Irmgard Hunt was born in Germany in 1934 and left for New York in 1958. She was prompted to write a memoir of her childhood when her son began to ask about her Nazi childhood. On Hitler's Mountain was published by Atlantic in 2006. She lives in Washington,D.C.