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Discovering my grandfather's secret Nazi past

On a trip to Polish and German archives, Julie Lindahl unearthed powerful testimonies that revealed appalling truths about her grandfather during WW2.

Growing up, Julie Lindahl felt a sense of shame hung over her family, but had no idea why. Her father’s dying words confirmed she needed answers. And so began a seven year search for information. She started at the German Federal Archives where she was handed a file that exposed her grandfather’s Nazi past. Her findings sent her on a life-changing journey to track down and make amends with people who had fallen victim to her grandfather’s brutality.

Julie has written a book about her story called The Pendulum: A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past.

Presenter: Andrea Kennedy
Producer: Mariana Des Forges

Picture: Julie Lindahl aged three with her grandfather in Brazil
Credit: Julie Lindahl

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Mon 3 Aug 2020 00:32GMT

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