"In the jargon of the Rostock shipowner and reserve lieutenant Karl Kempowski, "Tadellöser & Wolff" means "good", whereas "Miesnitzdörfer & Jensen" means the opposite.
His son, Walter, also known as "Peterpump", lives his youth in a conservative German national home. There, Hitler and the Nazis are regarded with criticism, but overall they are in line with developments. After all, mother Grete Kempowski manages to free her future son-in-law, the Dane Sven Sörensen, from the clutches of the Gestapo on the basis of good relations. Towards the end of the war, she occasionally even has critical impulses.
Walter grows up faithfully German, but not without criticism. He absorbs the gossip of overly linear teachers and assiduous young folk leaders relatively well. He even allows himself the luxury of long hair. That brings him u.…more