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Traitors for the Sake of Humanity: A Novel of the German Resistance to Hitler Kindle Edition
They opposed Hitler's diabolical regime on moral grounds. They sought to defend human dignity and restore the rule of law -- at the risk of their own lives. Traitors to Hitler, they were heroes to the oppressed. They remain an inspiration to anyone fighting against immoral and corrupt governments anywhere in the world.
Adolf Hitler seems to have captivated all of Germany, yet even as one Nazi victory follows another, individuals with integrity and compassion remain opposed to him, his regime and all it stands for. People like Philip, Alexandra, and Marianne. They feel isolated and hopeless until they discover each other -- and learn that their concerns are shared by men in the very highest places in the German High Command....
Helena P. Schrader holds a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg, which she earned with a ground-breaking dissertation about General Friedrich Olbricht, a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler. Her research entailed extensive primary and secondary research in what was then East and West Germany, including interviews with over one hundred survivors of Nazi Germany. Helena later served as an American diplomat in Europe and Africa. Her historical novels have collectively won more than twenty literary awards, including Best Biography 2017 and Best Historical Fiction 2020. In addition, she is the author of non-fiction books on women in aviation, the Berlin Airlift, the German Resistance and the crusades.
"... the importance of this book cannot be underestimated. Traitors for the Sake of Humanity rises as a critical, provocative, and timely book that perhaps we would all benefit from reading." Chanticleer Reviews.
"The novel is a deeply researched window into the wartime lives of Germans at odds with Hitler's regime, and while the story of Operation Valkyrie may be well known, Schrader offers the larger context for the German resistance with admirable depth and detail." Kirkus Reviews
"Helena P. Schrader has a wonderful gift for character and I enjoyed following Philip Freiherr von Feldburg, a German General Staff Officer, and his mother Sophia Maria Freifrau von Feldburg, the coachman Josef and other staff at the Feldburg Schloss, Father Matthias, Prof. Dr. Moldenauer, and his wife, and other characters. The exploration of these characters as they navigated a dangerous and treacherous environment is wonderful and the author captures their emotions, their fears, and hopes in a way that conveys their humanity brilliantly. Traitors for the Sake of Humanity takes readers from Altdorf to Berlin, to West Prussia, to Crepon, France, to Yulov, and many other places. This is a novel with compelling historical elements and characters who communicate the message that evil does not triumph over the goodness of the human heart. The characters are nuanced, the writing is superb, and the plot is so well written that it forces the reader to keep on turning the pages. This is one of the best books I have read about the Nazi era." Readers' Favorites
"...I was riveted by each character's story. Your heart and soul hurt for the people who worked so hard to save their brethren, while they wished for their country to become great once again by pulling it out from under the heathenistic brutality that defined Hitler and the Nazis. And even if you are not a WWII aficionado, this gifted historian makes the history coincide with pure excitement as she ties fiction in with nonfiction perfectly....Truly inspiring, these awesome 'traitors' keep you on the edge of your seat. Schrader has done it yet again: 5-Stars!" Feathered Quill
"Helena P. Schrader has done a masterful job ... highlighting the immense moral struggle many of the German officers were fighting with as they weighed their consciences and their strict Army traditions against the extreme excesses of the Nazi regime. In Philip and Alix, she has produced two superb characters that embody the principles of equity and equality that were so ruthlessly repressed by the regime, with their emphasis on racial stereotypes and the concept of Aryan superiority. ... I particularly enjoyed the breakdown of familial relationships explored by the author where competing emotions between love of country and adoration of the Fuhrer sat at the same dinner table as family members who condemned the excesses, the lack of humanity, and the power-crazed Nazi regime. ... If you love historical novels laced with reality and if you like a story that makes you think and question your perceptions and beliefs about a period of history, then this is the book for you. I call it a thinking man's novel and I can highly recommend it." Grant Leischman for Readers Favorites
- ASIN : B095SZG8BM
- Publisher : Cross Seas Press (June 1, 2021)
- Publication date : June 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1304 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,776 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hitler’s political, economic, military, and social policies returned Germany from a period of enforced destitution to a renewed position of prosperity and military hegemony; on the world stage, this would come at the incalculable cost of a world war that would ultimately prove far more destructive than the conflagration of twenty-five years earlier; at home, at the cost of institutionalized hate, paranoia, brutality, and systematic genocide.
Seemingly, the people of Germany stood united behind a charismatic psychopath, but this was only a thin illusion shared by those who could not or chose not to see. From the highest ranks of the armed forces to people in the streets, men and women of conscience didn’t fail to notice the duplicity, cruelty, and fear which had come with Hitler and his rogues’ gallery of deranged military and governmental officials.
Against this grim background of Germany at home and at war, Dr. Helena Schrader has, with a literary writer’s passion and a historian’s precision, utilized the extensive research undertaken while earning her doctorate from the University of Hamburg to construct an enthralling fictional account of Operation Valkyrie, the most comprehensive effort by the German Resistance to assassinate Hitler and end his reign of terror.
Traitors for the Sake of Humanity chillingly evokes daily life under Hitler and the National Socialists, both in Germany and on the far-flung fronts where millions died, often serving no more than the whims of a madman who was at very best an incompetent general. From an honorable Wehrmacht officer’s discovery of rotting, mysteriously half-buried corpses - civilians summarily executed during military operations in Eastern Europe and Russia - to the progressive degradation of German Jews from full citizens to hunted outcasts hiding in bare apartments ransacked by Gestapo agents, waiting for their day of ‘resettlement’ to wretched ghettos or one of many death camps scattered across Eastern Europe, Dr. Schrader renders all with empathy while not avoiding the bleakest of realities.
Out of this living hell, Germans not burdened by blood tainted with traces of Jewish ancestry or by the delusions of a “Master Race” come together to form a daring coalition composed of officers from the highest ranks of the Wehrmacht and the Luftwaffe as well as ordinary citizens, both willing to risk all to rid their homeland of monsters who promised a utopia, and delivered death. Traitors for the Sake of Humanity is the story of these courageous men and women; a story particularly eloquent in our own uncertain time.