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Hitler's Demons

Novel of historical fiction about the German resistance to Nazism
in WWII and of the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler.
by Helena P. Schrader 

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This novel has received the prestigious Editors Choice AwardEditor's Choice literary award.

A Brief Look at the Main Characters in the Novel:

Baron von FeldbergPhilip, Baron von Feldburg, is a young General Staff officer, deeply concerned about the direction Germany is going and particularly distressed by the policies of the Nazi government, but in 1938 the whole country seems completely captivated by the pied piper from Austria, Adolf Hitler.  Philip's own family is no exception, and while his younger brother, Christian, is thrilled to be given the Luftwaffe's latest fighter, his younger sister, Liesl, marries a self-made man with good Nazi Party connections and a bright future in industry.  As victory follows victory, Philip feels increasingly isolated and obsolete - until he meets Alexandra v. Mollwitz, the attractive young secretary of a certain General Friedrich Olbricht.  In Alix Philip not only finds a kindred spirit and love, but also makes contact to a small group of senior officers actively working to overthrow the Nazi regime.

MarianneMarianne Moldenauer is a young girl raised to liberalism and tolerance, who finds the Nazis brutal and barbaric.  Reacting out of naked humanitarian concern, she soon finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into an underworld of illegal activity directed only at saving the victims of a perverse and racist dictatorship.  But the young man she has fallen in love with is an idealistic commissar of the Gestapo and with each day the risk of her two lives coming in conflict grow more intense.

Maria Sophia, Baroness von Feldburg, is a widow struggling to keep the estate she holds in trust for her sons intact in an increasingly difficult political and economic environment.  Although she despises the Nazis, she finds herself increasing forced into making compromises with the regime.  But how far can she go without becoming one of them?  And what is she to do with a daughter who has wholeheartedly embraced the Nazi ideology, including all its racial doctrine?

Brief Synopsis:

officers of honorThis novel, set in Germany in the Second World War, traces the gradual transformation of a loyal - albeit critical - German General Staff Officer into a traitor and assassin candidate.  Secondary characters in the novel reflect the great diversity of feelings toward National Socialism from idealistic enthusiasm to self interested support, cautious approval and humanitarian opposition.

Drawing on more than 10 years of research including over 100 interviews with survivors of the war, the Resistance, and concentration camps, the novel goes beyond the naked facts and the familiar assumptions to look at human emotions, motives and behaviour.  On the one hand, the novel explores the difficulties and obstacles - both physical and psychological - to opposition and resistance in a totalitarian state.  On the other hand, it also looks at the creeping moral corruption and moral compromises that characterized life in Nazi Germany.

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