What the Varchar?
For anyone who wants to get a different perspective on how German citizens really felt during Hitler's time in power, this is a must read!
Synopsis: Hitler's demons were those Germans who opposed his diabolical regime on moral grounds. They sought to defend human dignity and restore the rule of law. This novel is a tribute to the brave men and women of Germany's resistance and tells the true story of the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Hitler. Award winning novelist Helena P. Schrader earned her PhD in History from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking dissertation on the originator of the Valkyrie Plot, General Friedrich Olbricht. She brings to this novel the insight into the historical context and understanding of the people involved from a decade of research and hundreds of personal interviews with survivors of the Nazi regime.
Anyone who has seen movies or documentary's that tell the history of what happened to so many innocent people during Hitler's regime know how horrific and despicable this man was! However, we rarely see or hear about those German citizens who during his reign where opposed to his beliefs but could not speak out for fear of their own lives or of their families. I have always wondered if there were any citizens who wanted to stand up and fight and Helena has answered this with this fictional story around the well known Valkyrie Plot. This was based on over 10 years of extensive research and although the characters are fictional it leaves you really understanding how they struggled to stand up for what was right.
About the Author: Helena Schrader was the daughter of an American professor and lived in Japan, Brazil and England while growing up. She earned a BA in History with Honors and High Distinction from the University of Michigan, followed by a MA in International Business from the Patterson School of Diplomacy, University of Kentucky. She lived and worked in Berlin, Germany, for over 20 years, during which time she earned a PhD cum Laude in History from the University of Hamburg. During her time as a residence in Berlin, Germany, Helena Schrader became friends with several members of the German Resistance to Hitler and combined with her archival research she has been able to publish over 14 books including Hitler's Demons and An Obsolete Honor which have received an Editor's Choice literary award.
**I received a free copy of this book for my review. However, these opinions and views are my own.