German pubcaster NDR fired popular talkshow host and veteran news anchor-turned-author Eva Herman on Sunday, days after she praised the Nazis’ family values and attitude towards motherhood.
At a news conference last week promoting her new book on child-rearing, Herman said the Nazis had some good ideas about motherhood and families — even though she condemned their politics as evil. She also blamed the social turbulence of the late 1960s for destroying the pro-family traditions supported by the Nazis.
In firing Herman, NDR TV program director Volker Herres said her comments were “no longer compatible with her role as a television presenter and talkshow host.”
Herres, who noted that some guests had declined to appear on the talkshow because of Herman’s polarizing views, said, “She is now free to continue her crusade for mothers all she wants.”
Herman had been one of the main news presenters on the “Tagesschau” news program for 18 years before taking a leave of absence last year — in part following a controversy over her first book “The Eva Principle” in which she criticized women’s emancipation and the heavy emphasis women place on careers rather than family and child-rearing.
The blonde, blue-eyed Herman had nevertheless continued as a talkshow host at NDR, which is part of the ARD network, until the row on Sunday.
At the presentation in Berlin last week for her book “The Noah’s Arch Principle — Why We Must Save the Family,” Herman said, “It was a horrible time with a manic and dangerous leader who led the Germans into ruin … But there was also something good, and that is the values, the children, the families — it was all destroyed (in the 1960s).”