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May 9, 2016

A Novel of Hitler's Germany by Therese Down - - THE END OF LAW

A Novel of Hitler's Germany
Therese Down


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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.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (March 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782641904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641902
Therese Down Therese Down was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, to Irish parents but grew up in the Midlands and a couple of years at boarding school in co. Tipperary, Eire. She has taught for more than two decades in a variety of state secondary schools and sixth form colleges and since 2001, has held two successive Head of English posts in a High School and her present post, in a Birmingham Sixth Form college. She has three adult children and lives in Worcestershire.

Her first novel, 'Only with Blood', was published by Lion Hudson in June 2015 and is an exploration of life in rural Tipperary in the 1940s. Her second novel, 'The End of Law' is also published by Lion Hudson and is set in Berlin during the decade 1933-43.

I find it refreshing that there are still authors out there that don't sugar coat things.  It is what it is. In our world then and now, people would and will go to such lengths to do away with  so called "worthless human beings".  This author brings up some necessary and prominent topics such as domestic violence, losing faith and more.   The domestic violence seems to take a front hold in the book. It's hard to imagine if there was any remorse in the ones getting rid of the so called worthless.  I don't know that there was any remorse at all.  This book being about Hitler's Germany, I suppose some felt bad and yet some had no feelings at all.  How could you lay your head down at night and go to sleep knowing you had just helped to murder hundreds of WORTHY people.?  I can't imagine anyone having a part in a large or small scale of annihilation. The sad, so very sad thing is,  IT HAPPENED!  Yes, IT DID!   What was wrong with everyone?  Years went by before anybody attempted to stop this evil and contemptible nightmare. What had happened to humanity? What is still happening to humanity? The Holocaust is a very rememberable mass murder in history.  Does anybody even know how many or all the names of the so many who were murdered?  I really doubt it.  I have to say this story isn't for those with a weak  or emotional outlook on history or life.  The author put in a lot of research to write it like it was, even though, like it was, was horrible and inhumane.  A very good historical story about Hitler and the Holocaust.  THE END OF LAW was where the law wasn't followed. Hate was being followed.  Lack of human dignity was being followed.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history, Hitler, the Holocaust and a look at human beings. It may bring tears to your eyes if you think about it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Therese Down and  Kregel Book Tours in exchange for my unbiased view.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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