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Eric Braeden I'll Be Damned

February 13, 201719 min
Fans of television’s #1 rated daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” know Eric Braeden as billionaire Victor Newman. While the iconic part won him a daytime Emmy, a People’s Choice Award, and contributed to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Eric, born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Nazi Germany, is a far more complex character in real life than he plays on TV. In I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama (Dey Street Books; On sale February 7, 2017), Braeden shares his fantastic journey from his birth in Kiel, Germany, in 1941 to the soundstages of Los Angeles. With unflinching candor, he chronicles this extraordinary life story—that of a German teenager, born at the height of WWII, who arrived in America somewhat oblivious to the atrocities of the Holocaust. When Braeden was twenty years old, he went to see the Swedish film Mein Kampf. He left that film—a documentary about the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis—an irrevocably c

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