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Post"Schnelle Heinz" Guderian (Timothy Ashby, Spain, 02/10/18 4:51 am)
Regarding "Schnelle Heinz" Guderian:
John E wrote: "And yes, Is Guderian an Armenian name? This was Cameron Sawyer's question exactly four years ago (February 9th, 2013). Here's one of the top-grossing WAIS posts of all time":
I asked my 97-year-old mother about her recollection of her father's meeting with Guderian in Germany in the early 1920s. She doesn't recall anything other than the family connection, photos etc., but did remember that her grandmother Rosalie Guderian pronounced the surname as "Goot-erian"--which sounds rather like "Gut (Good) Aryan!
I agree with Cameron about the family being of Armenian origin. Apparently the General was sensitive about this, but probably because the Nazis were looking for ways to undermine him.
JE comments: Schnelle or not, Guderian is Cousin Heinz to Tim Ashby. His great-grandmother (or was it great-great?) was the great aunt of the legendary Panzer General. Guderian is also one of the main characters of Tim's page-turning historical novel, In Shadowland.
Tim--are you working on a new installment of the Seth Armitage series? You, in my mind, are one of the greatest living practitioners of historical fiction. (I just wrote five "greats" in as many sentences. There must be a record in that.) See below: