Post-War Lies

Germany and Hitler’s Long Shadow
Scribe, 264 Pages

Malte Herwig (Author), Jamie Lee Searle (Translator), Shaun Whiteside (Translator)

Post-War Lies tells the stories of a torn generation, born between 1919 and 1927, who were drafted in the last years of the Second World War, to delay the defeat of Nazi Germany further. Many remained silent or denied their connections to the Nazi Party, including leaders and politicians whose membership files were kept secret between the 1960s and 1990s. A number of them, who are featured in this book, went on to become particularly dedicated Democrats and important leaders in the Federal Republic of Germany – including Horst Ehmke, Erhard Eppler, Iring Fetscher, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Günter Grass, Hans Werner Henze, Walter Jens, Siegfried Lenz, Erich Loest, Hermann Lübbe, Niklas Luhmann, and Dieter Wellershoff.

Malte Herwig tells an unknown story by examining how Germany handled these former Nazi party and creates the exciting picture of a generation torn apart by contradictions. This informative study makes and important contribution to contemporary discussions about humanity and historical truth.


Malte Herwig has opened pandora's box.


A very informative and nuanced study.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

A must-read.

Die Welt