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The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany

By Thomas Harding

In 2013 Thomas Harding published an award-winning double biography, Hanns and Rudolf. It was about his great-uncle Hanns Alexander, the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s, and Rudolf Höss, a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant of Auschwitz, and how their two very different lives intersected.

In The House by the Lake, Harding has again mined his family’s experience,

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