The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany PB by Therese Down
"A gripping tale that sheds new light on one of the darkest periods in history" - Laura Shepperson, the Historical Novel Society.
Berlin, 1933: As Hitler rises to power, the law - 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 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 the disabled children, the mentaly ill, and the homosexuals.
This dark, tense novel is a compelling sotry of human tragedy and man's potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation.
Therese Down has taught English language and literature for more than 20 years. She is also author of Only With Blood: A Novel of Ireland and lives in Worcestershire.