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Book launch: Quitting the Master Race: A Daughter’s Journey to Break the Bonds of Hate

September 9, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Help celebrate the launch of Quitting the Master Race: A Daughter’s Journey to Break the Bonds of Hate, by local author Barbara Leimsner www.barbaraleimsner.com

How do otherwise decent people become mesmerized by a doctrine of hate? The author confronts the past to discover how one ordinary man—her adored German papa—in his youth became thoroughly indoctrinated with Nazi ideology. Its hateful tentacles reached into her young life as he filled her head with beliefs about Aryan superiority, racist stereotypes, and conspiracy theories.

This thoughtful, compelling book will appeal to anyone concerned about resurging far-right ideologies today, and those interested in the rise of fascism in the 1930s. It will speak to readers with parents or grandparents in WWII, and those interested in the immigrant experience, issues of intergenerational memory, and identity.

What readers are saying:

“I enjoyed it immensely.”

“I was mesmerized right from the start.”

“. . . masterfully written with penetrating insight and the pacing of a mystery novel.”

“I couldn’t stop reading it.”

Available at independent bookstores and through Chapters Indigo and Amazon.

Come support a local author and celebrate a good book!

(Parking at the library or on nearby streets. Seating is limited so please come early.)


September 9, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Sunnyside Branch, Ottawa Public Library
1049 Sunnyside Ave + Google Map