The End of Law

The End of Law[KINDLE] ❁ The End of Law ❅ Therese Down – A powerful story set in Berlin in the 1930s and early 1940s and woven around the fortunes of three people; an ambitious SS Officer Walter Gunter his naïve wife Hedda and a guilt ridden SS Officer Kar A powerful story set in Berlin in the s and early s and woven around the fortunes of three people; an ambitious The End PDF/EPUB ² SS Officer Walter Gunter his naïve wife Hedda and a guilt ridden SS Officer Karl Muller Gunter is intensely loyal to the Third Reich entirely ruthless and dreams of military renown so is outraged to be placed in charge of the T euthanasia programme Muller an engineer and trainee doctor reluctantly oversees the safe delivery of lethal gases and drugs to the killing centres and is reuired to convert shower rooms and bathrooms to gas chambers in commandeered hospitals and prisons The End of Law focuses on the difficult moral choices made by soldiers and civilians under a corrupt regime and on the disruptive power of an awakened conscience. With so many WWII novels to choose from I almost did not pick this one up I am glad that I did By focusing on characters who are modeled on actual participants in the German T4 program the author manages a new point of view on an era that has had much written about itOur initial view of Hedda is one of a spoiled and vapid woman and it is difficult to imagine her becoming involved in any worthwhile cause She marries Walter who is just as shallow but with a cruel streak Karl is our guy to root for from the beginning though even he finds himself wrapped up in atrocities that eventually overwhelm himThe secret program that each character finds themselves involved in is Hitler's goal to obliterate unworthies The focus is not upon the extermination of the Jews though there are some scenes of their persecution Instead we see how the German leaders tore children from their parents and wives from their husbands because they were mentally ill or physically disabled Transferred for special care these family members would never be seen againCould a man sign the order for his own child's death or give over his wife to Nazi psychiatrists? You'd be surprised what Nazi brainwashing convinced people to doThis is also a story of those who did not give in to this insanity Some people stood up and refused to follow orders to kill children or destroyed shipments of drugs intended to cause their deaths or gave up their own lives rather than participating in taking that of others That is at the center of this story and a uestion that many of us have probably asked ourselves as we learn about WWII How could so many people get caught up in this or step back as they watched it happen? Why did so few come forward and defend their friends neighbors and countrymen?But some did regardless of the cost They weren't all saints and some of them had to hit rock bottom before they realized they could not perpetuate the Nazi system any longer Even those who saved one had to watch hundreds go to their deaths This book tells that story of imperfect people attempting to make their way in a world gone madI received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review A powerful novel of moral choices in the Third ReichThe book revolves around the relationship of three people Walter Gunter a classic violent and sadistic SS Officer ; his wife Hedda who is naive at first but grows stronger as the book progresses; and conscience stricken SS officer Karl Muller The Muller character is a fascinating one an engineer and trainee doctor he is also part of T4 an SS managed program of euthanasia for the mentally ill and disabled From a catholic upbringing he is repulsed by his work and decides to disrupt the programThe character Muller is based on Kurt Gerstein a German SS officer who gave information to the Swedish diplomats as well as to members of the Roman Catholic Church with contacts to the Pope in an effort to inform the international public about the Holocaust The novel itself did seem slightly overlong but did describe the moral dilemmas of cooperation and resistance to the Nazis effectively and powerfully through its characters The tension builds well in the last third with the lead female character’s realisation of the complicity of her wider family in the T4 programIt wasn’t until I reached the end of the book that I found out it was based on real people Indeed I had initially thought the storyline a little far fetched however the end notes are particularly useful giving context and background to the non military German resistance to the Nazis which are often overshadowed by the Stauffenberg Hitler assassination plot A powerful and well written novelI received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review The End of Law is not for the faint hearted it is not a happily ever after and there is no one riding off into the sunset It is a true story with fictional characters and the worse part of the story is that it is real and did happenThe horrors that happened in Hitler’s Germany are beyond reason and yet people followed merrily along and for what? The “Jew problem” and then it went from there to gypsies homosexuals imperfect children mentally ill individuals and they were headed for everyone but the pure Aryan if there was such an individual We have names and word pictures of what these characters looked like and Satan must have been smiling on the atrocities that were committed here Hedda Schroeder grew up wanting for nothing her father was a famous German chemist She ends up marrying Walter Gunther who ends up high in the Nazi SS and the one who picks who lives and who diesCan you imagine such work you chose which child shall not see tomorrow and in the end no one is safe from the evil perpetrated under this regime Maybe this should be a must read in school as there are people out there that don’t believe any of this ever happened Once I started reading I had to keep on even though you might want to have tissues or a bag for nausea the things you are about to read about are horrendous and never should have happenedBringing this story to light the author did an amazing job and can’t imagine it was easy to doI received this book through Kregel’s Blogger Program and was not reuired to give a positive review Be prepared This is a well written book but the subject matter is very difficult Down has given us an unnerving novel of Hitler's GermanyThe characters are portrayed very well Walter is a high official in Hitler's army and is involved with exterminations His character is developed so well he almost made me sick His part in the novel really showed what happens to a man when he is devoted to his leader at the expense of his own familyThe reality this novel portrayed is shocking It was hard to read about the systematic poisoning of handicapped and “genetically impure” I had no idea that sick children and psychiatric patients were also exterminated The Child Euthanasia Program dealt with children diagnosed as unworthy of lifeIt was hard to stomach the top secret meetings where extermination programs were talked about calmly by German officials The descriptions of the mistreatment of prisoners was hard to read as was the account of the work in the crematoriumIt was a time when those opposing the actions of the Nazis did not know who to trust Yet there were valiant attempts by some Others tried to get the news of what was really happening in Germany out to other nations In a Historical Epilogue Down shares some of the work done by religious leaders and other Christians Many died for their humane effortsI hadn't been aware of the plight of women under Hitler One character in the novel had a wife who had been a brilliant lawyer But when Hitler was elected “no women were allowed to practice law – or teach or work at all really” 61I highly recommend this novel It is a graphic exploration of how people deal with progressing evil Some hardened their hearts and went along with it Others fought with all they had Although there is no discussion guide included with this book there would be much to discuss This novel is not a light hearted one nor would I call it entertaining It is the kind of novel we need to read from time to time to remind ourselves of the reality of evilI received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review Therese Down in her new book “The End Of Law” published by Lion Fiction gives us A Novel of Hitler’s GermanyFrom the back cover Berlin 1933 as Hitler rises to power; the law–designed to protect and serve–becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan raceSS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich His readiness to kill without uestion or remorse would seem to make him 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 takeTheir mandate to kill the “unworthies”–not just the Jews but crippled children the mentally ill homosexuals Hedda Walter’s wife and old acuaintance of Karl has no idea of what their work entails Until that is the fate of their families is at stake and each must confront afresh the choices they have madeThis dark tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy and man’s potential to revel in or fight against the evil actions of a corrupted nationLet me start out by stating that this is a terrific story It is everything that it could be all rolled up into one terrific package It is a World War II thriller It is a story that shows us the depths that a human soul can sink to but it also shows us the heights that the human soul can rise to Ms Down has given us a historical fiction which means that the events actually happened it is just that she has fictionalized them Ms Down has given us marvelous well written characters that you will get involved with both the good ones and eually the bad This story will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them I believe you are going to enjoy this book and our heroine and that you are not going to want to put it down until you have finished it It is just that good I am already looking forward to from this highly talented authorDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Kregel Publications I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” The End of Law is about WWII though unlike other books about this devastating period in history this book focuses on the lives of three individuals and their role in the warSS Officer Walter Gunter is a brutal bloodthirsty man He has no uarms about follwowing orders to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent men women and children as ordered by HitlerHis wife Hedda is a gullible woman who is blind to the disgusting actions of her husband They don’t have a happy marriage as Walter is not only a brutal man to the people but to his wife tooI was surprised that a woman who seemed to be as clever and articulated as Hedda could be blind to her husbands actions How you wouldn’t be able to notice that your husband is capable of murder is beyond meOfficer Karl Muller is a a trainee doctor and engineer His role is in the euthanasia program killing the disabled and mentally ill people in the T4 program to rid the world of the ‘unworthy’ The Holocaust He doesn’t like being part of the program and is repulsed enough to try to end it by letting the world know what is really going on in his countryThe book is uite hard to swallow and does delve deep into some of the terrible events that took place If you are easily upset then you might want to give this book a missYes it is a fictional story but there is a lot of truth in it about what happened in Nazi Germany It will open your eyes to the atrocities that took place You may have heard about them but this book delves deeper and will have you reeling in horror at some of the informationI was happy to see towards the end that Hedda finally had her eyes opened to the monster that her husband really was and grew from a feeble woman into a headstrong womanA hard hitting novel that I’m sure must have been hard yet fulfilling for Ms Down to writeReviewed by Stacey at wwwwhisperingstoriescom I've always been interested in this particular time period How an entire country could condone the genocide of a race of people is disturbing to put it mildly But taking instances out of our own generation that people wouldn't have even dreamed of allowing to happen ten years ago things become a little clearer Therese Downs' book is an excellent look at the struggles of ordinary people Some were called upon to serve their country albeit wrongly they answered that call Honestly what would you do if that call had come to you? If your country was wrongly imprisoning torturing and murdering people that spoke out against an out of control regime would you be numbered among their victims? Or would you be among the silent masses who knew the government was wrong but was afraid or worse unwilling to do anything about it?I wondered if there were people in Germany at that time who were against this killing lawless machine and I was very glad to read there were The author's research definitely shows in these pages I did my own research on some of the things in this book to see if it was factual and was surprised to see that they were I wish I could tell you which things I'm referring to but I don't want to give away spoilers In all this book is very good There is some swearing and some 'things' are alluded to but I felt they were presented correctly Definitely not for younger readers This has been by far the hardest book I have ever readI thought long and hard how I could write a review on such a horrific and heartbreaking subject and I just can’t there are no words just sadness It deserves all the praise I can give and far far than a mere 5 stars and all credit to Therese Down for such writing It’s a book that should be read it’s a book that will break your heart as it did mine please let this never happen again Could not put this one down I so wanted not to continue reading about the horrible processes of killing the unworthies but I couldn't The writing is excellent and the story keeps you riveted I'll be looking for Ms Down's other books nowI was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review Plodding and sometimes factually wrong I struggled getting to page 104 where the author confused carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide a key point after which I lost confidence in her and gave up A dismal read

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  • 352 pages
  • The End of Law
  • Therese Down
  • 13 August 2015
  • 9781782641902