Follow My Leader by Louis Hagen
Follow My Leader by Louis Hagen

Follow My Leader by Louis Hagen

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London : Allan Wingate, 1951. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. 374 pages ; 20 cm. $15.00 dust jacket with minimal wear. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.


Louis Hagen is the author of Arnhem Lift and Indian Route March. A German by birth, he was thrown by the Nazis into a concentration camp while still a boy. On his release he came to England and in 1939 joined the British Army.

When the war was over, he returned to Germany and sought out nine fellow-countrymen whom he remembered as victims, in their various ways, of the Hitler epidemic: four Nazis, three non-Nazis who were fellow-travelers, and two anti-Nazis. With dispassionate deliberation, he set out to discover to what extent they had been affected by the virus, and to trace its poisonous influence in their subsequent stories.

Under his inspection come such diverse types as the Hitler maiden who became a "bride of Germany"; the worldly, interior-decorating Baroness whom Goering, personally, saved from a concentration camp; the brother of the Hagens' Potsdam gardener who became a Storm Trooper, and still believes in the Nazi destiny; and the avid and corrupt little doctor who found a clever way out with the self-inflicted symptoms of a disease.

As a series of case-histories, this is a fascinating and absorbing study; as a composite picture of life in Germany before, during and after the war, we have read nothing like it—nothing so detailed, so graphic or hearing so strongly the imprint of authenticity.

Louis Hagen has an uncanny knack of dissecting and exposing the mentalities of his subjects in a way that brings a sudden under-standing of the almost incredible facts of recent German history.

Louis Hagen, son of a banker, spent much of his early life in his parents' home at Potsdam. Later he studied engineering and was employed in the Bavarian Motor Works. Thrown into a concentration camp by the Nazis, he came to England on his release in 1936, and worked for an engineering company in Oxford until September 1939. Then, on the outbreak of war, he joined the British Army and eventually became a glider pilot. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry at Arnhem.

Since the publication of his first two books, Louis Hagen has worked as a journalist and been associated with the production of films. He is married, lives in London, and, apart from writing, his interests are flying and travelling.

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