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The Seduction of Eva Volk [Kindle Edition]

C.D. Baker
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In World War II, American soldiers were shocked to discover thousands of German POW's carrying New Testaments. Christians serving Hitler? Never before undertaken in a novel, 'The Seduction of Eva Volk' explores the reality of this no-so-simple paradox from the German point of view.
Through the eyes of young Eva Volk, the alluring charm of the Hitler movement is personified in a lover. Desperately seeking wholeness in her broken world, she is quickly swept away by the passions of love and war...until she finds herself facing the consequences of blindness. Her's is a story that serves as a warning to us all.


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"Baker's comprehensive research offers an incredibly accurate picture of village life under National Socialism. The American reader may be astonished at the German perspective as historical certainties lose their accustomed contour." Johann Voss, author of 'Black Edelweiss' and veteran of the Waffen SS.

"Uncomfortable as it is, this novel deserves an honored place in Holocaust literature." Rabbi Howard Abel Hirsch of the Center for Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

From the Author

While staying with distant relatives in Germany, I was surprised at my reaction to seeing pictures of World War II veterans sitting atop the piano and tables. I looked at the faces in uniform...they looked like me! Yet weren't they supposed to be monsters? So I began to consider how it was that village men and women who were decent, civilized, even Christian, could be caught up in the Hitler Movement that swept Germany in the 1930's. The answers surprised me.

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  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1931587507
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  • Language: English
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The Seduction of Eva Volk
Years ago I remember my fascination with journalist William Shirer's book The Nightmare Years 1930-1940. His aptly titled story is a personal memoir of his life as an American foreign correspondent in Europe during the rise of Adolph Hitler's Third Reich. Shirer's record of events reads like an adventure novel beginning with an ambush in troubled Afghanistan's Kyber Pass. Throughout the book Shirer grapples with the ideal of truth, its pursuit, knowability, application and relevance, especially to oneself. Alas, with the same earnest seriousness of Shirer author C.D. Baker offers a novel of like gravity with all the credibility of an historical narrative for those "nightmare years." A gripping yarn told from the perspective of a bucolic German village on the banks of the Mosel River in the Reisling grape growing county, Baker's The Seduction of Eva Volk grapples with the same questions about truth, especially its grip on the darkest regions of the human heart's capacity for self-deception. How is it that Germany and its good people (at the time a largely Christian nation and culture) could have embraced Hitler's Nazi regime of evil? How is it that the good German people could have tolerated and even participated in a government that was directly or indirectly responsible for the slaughter of 28.5 million souls, including the systematic and technologically efficient genocide of 5.8 million European Jews? These questions have haunted historians, moral philosophers, ethicists, and everyone willing to grapple with the nightmare years of Germany's Third Reich.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars startling insight December 10, 2009
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The Seduction of Eva Volk offers a startling insight into the tinderbox of suspicion, desperation, frustration and hatred that was endemic in pre WWII Germany. It is a story of blind faith and the resulting horrors in a society willing to write a political blank check. The reader will be surprised, even dismayed, by certain uncomfortable truths behind the rise of Nazi power. In an elegant narrative Baker forces us to accept that things may not always be quite as black and white as we have been taught. As the first American born in Germany after WWII I think this story is long overdue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tale with a Compelling Theme December 21, 2009
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The Seduction of Eva Volk will grip readers with the pace and tension of its plot and captivate them with fully human characters, struggling with the complexities of life as they are caught up in one of the great tragic dramas of history. The thoughtful will find here a work of fine literature that is unafraid to delve into the flawed nature of humanity, so that we might better understand ourselves, and the heights and depths to which we as individuals, and collectively as a society, are capable. Baker's brave work allows the reader to draw his or her own parallels with contemporary situations, by revealing that the full scope of history must be coaxed into consciousness if individuals - and human societies - are to escape subtle yet deadly descents into evil, and instead draw forth for emulation the inspirational and heroic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel of wartime Germany January 27, 2010
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C. D. Baker's book affords a rare look into the domestic side of wartime Germany, as societal pressures, religion, local grudges, national politics, and the gathering winds of war affect all-too-human people in a small German village. Very well written and imagined!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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First I need to thank Alan Crippen and the John Jay Institute for sending this book to me to read. What a fascinating read - highly recommended to anyone interested in not merely a great story, but also a very profound look into the heart and soul of the people of Germany at the time of Hitler's rise to power and influence. I've always been tremendously interested in this time period of history - and to simply think that all Germans were evil and to blame the atrocities of the death camps on the entire nation always seemed inadequate to me. But the nagging question about what did most of the German people really think and know is at the core of this wonderful historical novel. C.D. Baker does a masterful job painting a picture of a young woman and her family and community struggling with their faith and the real and difficult situations that faced this nation following the debacle of WWI. Threats from the Bolsheviks from the west coupled with extreme nationalistic pride of law-abiding Germans fueled by Hitler's initial moral stance against abortion skyrocketed Hitler's fame and power almost overnight. And, of course, the Jewish factor was a huge element - the ability to make Jews the scapegoats and to silence dissidents were both essential elements to the rise of the National Socialist Party. Baker does a great job developing essential characters and weaving in their story lines to create an informative and interesting read and I would highly recommend this book to every student of history as well as those just looking for a good book with a compelling story to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story September 15, 2013
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This story reminded me that when we are close to an event, a part of the story, we can't see all the facets of the story. And even the pieces of it we do see, we are only seeing "through a mirror dimly." CD Baker writes a story that allows the reader to see both what the blind heart understands and also what it can't see, and reminds me how far short I fall from living the old Native American proverb, "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A little dark at times but a very good read. WW II from a German...
A little dark at times but a very good read. WW II from a German perspective. I did not find this offensive. It has very good character development and an excellent plot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James T. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific!
This author did the impossible, without being sympathetic, cause me to understand how the Natzis and Hitler came to power, and how easily it was to believe in their cause. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Basil
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very well written, historically accurate. I didn't want the war to end!
Published 5 months ago by M. R. Stockfleth
5.0 out of 5 stars From a different perspective
"The Seduction of Eva Volk" was a novel about Hitler/Nazis before and during WWII but it was told from the German perspective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathleen T. DeShong
3.0 out of 5 stars A soap opera set in WWII Germany
As if the Holocaust wasn't dramatic enough, this book starts out putting a human face on the average civilian German, but ends up hitting almost every melodramatic plot in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight into a Sad Part of History
I want to preface this review with the fact that I read the reviews after I downloaded this and was waiting for someone ugly to happen. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Seduction of Eva Volk
Eva Volk is the heroine of the novel which depicts the questions of her Germany during the World War II; of the good, decent and even many Christian people of the Mosel River area... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very impressed
I have been a fan of historical books and war novels for most of my life. This book was incredibly enlightening in presenting the German point of view regarding WW1 impacts in... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Northwest Cliff
2.0 out of 5 stars History Great!! Violence..........
Amazing in the way the times were conveyed - I felt like I understood what it was like to live in Nazi Germany and how I might be taken in by Hitler. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ashley Elizabeth Blair Tetzlaff
3.0 out of 5 stars Something different
Written (I think) from a Christian perspective, this novel's purpose seems to be an explication of how the ordinary German was brought into the fold of Nazi belief. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Constant Reader
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C.D. Baker's first novel, 'A Journey of Souls,' was released in 2000 and re-released in 2004 as 'Crusade of Tears'-- a Christee Award nominee. He has written seven historical novels, two books of spiritual reflections, and one children's book published variously in the U.S., the U.K., Ukraine, and Germany. He has a Master's degree in Theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Baker's specialty is the discovery of the untold story.

Baker writes from his small farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he raises livestock with an interest in natural/organic methods and a passion for humane treatment.

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