Radicalisation and Redemption - The Two Lives of F. W. Hymmen
Sep 24, 2024 7:30 PM
Andreas Pohl
Radicalisation and Redemption - The Two Lives of F. W. Hymmen

In 1937, the Nazi propaganda machine feted Friedrich Wilhelm Hymmen as a literary star. A decade later, he gave up writing fiction altogether as an act of self-punishment for his complicity in the crimes of the Nazi regime. Now his grandson, Melbourne writer Andreas Pohl, tries to find answers to the question of how a talented young man from an educated middle-class family was radicalised into joining the Nazi movement and whether redemption from a moral failure like this is at all possible. He will discuss what inspired him to write his book Opi - The Two Lives of My Grandfather (published by Arcadia, an imprint of Australian Scholarly Publishing) and share some key findings from his research.

Andreas Pohl is a writer, researcher and educator. Born in Germany, he migrated to Australia in the late 1980s. During the last two decades he lived for long periods of time in Vietnam working in education and foreign aid and co-authoring three Vietnamese cookbooks with his wife and chef, Tracey Lister: KOTO - A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam (2008), Vietnamese Street Food (2011), and Made in Vietnam (2017).