As the dark specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, two wealthy and educated brothers are suddenly thrust into the rising tide of war. Karl, a former soldier and successful businessman, dutifully answers the call to defend his country, while contemplative academic Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo. Soon the brothers are serving in the SS, and as Hitler's hateful agenda brings about unspeakable atrocities, they find themselves with innocent blood on their hands.
Following Germany's eventual defeat, Karl and Gerhard are haunted by their insurmountable guilt, and each seeks a way to escape from wounds that will never heal. They survived the war and its revelation of systematic horrors, but can they survive the unshakable knowledge of their own culpability?
©2014 Turbine DK & Jesper Bugge Kold (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 K. E. Semmel.
This book told an interesting story of 2 brothers and their struggle with Nazi Germany. At times I was very drawn into their plight and others I wanted them to fight harder for their beliefs.
Nick Sandys does a remarkable job of making these fictional characters human and empathetic. The book reads like a mystery set in a tragic and tumultuous time. The narration is beautiful and masterful!
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