Anyone who has ever considered WWII has to ask themselves, how did an entire country of people, regular people, become part of a killing machine that annihilated millions of innocent men women and children in the most inhumane ways?
This book is an ambitious attempt to answer that question by introducing three generations of a German family and following their progress as they go from dislike and distrust of Hitler and his aims to becoming part of the worst of it. The slow and almost inevitable changes they go through horrify them and leave them sick and then numb as they make choices to get themselves through one more day at a time.
I won’t say anymore about how the author works this transformation on this disparate group of basically good people. The reader may not be satisfied and may wish for different endings to each of their stories but will be transfixed reading them.
I strongly recommend this book to almost everyone but especially to those with an interest in history and a regard for humanity. It is well written, the characters are interesting and fully developed. The pace rarely lags and the author further invigorates the story by slipping back and forth in time and to different narrators.