Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power; the law–designed to protect and serve–becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race.
SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich. His readiness to kill without question or remorse would seem to make him the ideal candidate to lead the T4 euthanasia programme. SS officer Karl Muller, a trainee doctor and engineer, is also brought into the programme, and assured that his work is consistent with the Hippocratic oath he’s due to take.
Their mandate: to kill the “unworthies”–not just the Jews, but crippled children, the mentally ill, homosexuals. Hedda, Walter’s wife and old acquaintance of Karl, has no idea of what their work entails. Until, that is, the fate of their families is at stake, and each must confront afresh the choices they have made.
This dark, tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy, and man’s potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation.
I love getting into the thoughts and lives of characters during WWII.
This book will bring you into the lives of people very much in the middle of all Hitler desires. Hedda is kind of clueless as to what is going on but she knows her husband is changing and it’s not for the better. She is suffering and so are her children.
This book isn’t overly fast, at least not to begin with, but if you press on you will be drawn into the story and lives of these characters.
A heads-up, there is language in this book, actually I was surprised to find a very offensive use of the Lord’s name in this book. I do understand that this is Walter speaking and where he was at in his life and perhaps the author thought that was the best way to express that character, but that did bother me and might bother other readers.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.