Father/Land A Personal Search for the New Germany (Paperback)
|Author: Frederick Kempe|
|During a pilgrimage to Germany with his father, Fred Kempe promised he would one day write about the country. Twelve years later, as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Europe, Kempe began a long journey of exploration in an attempt to answer questions that haunted him about his father's land: "How could such an apparently good people with such a rich cultural history have done such evil things? What causes evil, and what breeds good? After only half a century of reeducation and reconstruction, could the strength of German democracy and liberalism be as great as it seemed?"|
While searching modern Germany for the answers to his philosophical questions, Kempe begins a parallel search for the roots of his own German heritage. He discovers more than he bargained for, and at the same time he learns a great deal about himself. The journey, which began as the fulfillment of a promise to his father, led Kempe to a greater understanding of his father's homeland.
"Kempe brings Germany to life; above all, he is able to render what it is to be German." - Roger Cohen 07/11/1999