How Was it Possible? is the autobiography of Hitler youth and German soldier Hilmar von Campe. While describing his life as an active participant in the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century, von Campe warns the world that it faces the same challenges today with radical Islam as it did in the 1930’s.
Von Campe lived through years of Nazi power and brain-washing. After the war, he learned about the Holocaust and Nazi atrocities. It was then that he came to grips with his contribution to these horrors, his moral responsibilities for them, and the reasons why something like that could have happened.
“I had thought that as a soldier I was fighting for my country, but I came to realize that in reality I was fighting for the immoral purposes of a bunch of gangsters,” von Campe says.
The destruction of Germany, the loss of his father in a Soviet concentration camp and of his elder brother who fell in Russia, and the expulsion from their home in Eastern Europe, had a profound impact on von Campe, who now lectures on his experiences nationwide. His comparison of the Nazi philosophy with that of extremist movements today is unique.
Listed in the 1992 “International Who’s Who of Intellectuals,” von Campe is the author of five books. He is a WWII veteran of the German Army and former prisoner of war in Yugoslavia, who narrowly escaped in 1945, after crossing seven borders to freedom. Hilmar von Campe is now an American citizen.
“The choice for people and nations is to stand up for the truth or be part of the lie,” von Campe says.
As detailed in his newest book, “How Was it Possible?” Hilmar vonCampe tells how he got recruited in the Hitler Youth, what it was like as a soldier in Nazi Germany, how he escaped from a prison camp, and the striking similarities of the current climate of anti-American attitudes of the Arab world, Russia and China and Hitler’s Germany. What is hard to believe is that someone could have served under Hitler and yet not followed him or his Nazi party.
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Comments were made by Nora Brinker, an independant journalist and translator with a M.A. in History. A West German, she lives now in East Germany. She was brought up as a Socialist and agnostic and found a faith in God." www.editrixoffice.com