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As the dark specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, two wealthy and educated brothers are suddenly thrust into the rising tide of war. Karl, a former soldier and successful businessman, dutifully answers the call to defend his country, while contemplative academic Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo. Soon the brothers are serving in the SS, and as Hitler's hateful agenda brings about unspeakable atrocities, they find themselves with innocent blood on their hands.
Following Germany's eventual defeat, Karl and Gerhard are haunted by their insurmountable guilt, and each seeks a way to escape from wounds that will never heal. They survived the war and its revelation of systematic horrors, but can they survive the unshakable knowledge of their own culpability?
©2014 Turbine DK & Jesper Bugge Kold (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 K. E. Semmel.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Brian Hanson-Harding on 06-13-17

Morally questionable

This book is nicely written. But it lets Nazis off the hook in a morally questionable way. I understand that the author wants to show how good and bad reside in all of us. But we do not see enough of the badness and coarseness that must exist in a human who runs a concentration camp. That is something not everyone would stoop to do.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 03-20-17

A slightly dark story

the book starts normally but gets pretty dark as it progresses.. it keeps your attention although it does jump around scenes

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5 out of 5 stars
By John Robinson on 01-06-17

Sad and Brutal

Neither of the brothers showed any spine when it came to saying no to evil. It was good to see that the author mentioned German Jehovah's Witnesses who were imprisoned and exterminated with the Jews, because they took a stand against hitler and the nazis.

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