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The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany By Therese Down ✩ – Thomashillier.co.uk A powerful story set in Berlin, in the s and early s, and woven around the fortunes of three people an ambitious SS Officer, Walter Gunter, his na ve wife, Hedda, and a guilt ridden SS Officer, Karl M A of Law: A Novel PDF/EPUB ² powerful story set in Berlin, in the of Law: Kindle Ø s and early s, and woven around the fortunes of three people an ambitious SS Officer, Walter Gunter, his na ve wife, Hedda, and a guilt ridden SS Officer, Karl Muller Gunter is intensely loyal to the Third Reich, entirely ruthless, and dreams The End eBook ï 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 required to convert shower rooms and bathrooms to gas chambers in commandeered hospitals and End of Law: eBook ´ 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.


10 thoughts on “The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany

  1. Samantha Samantha says:

    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 it.Our 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 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 it.Our 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 him.The 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 again.Could 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 do.This 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 question 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 hundredsgo to their deaths This book tells that story of imperfect people attempting to make their way in a world gone mad.I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review


  2. Cold War Conversations Podcast Cold War Conversations Podcast says:

    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 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 program.The 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 program.It 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 novel.I 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


  3. Maureen Timerman Maureen Timerman says:

    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 happen.The 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 ev 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 happen.The 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 dies.Can 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 happened.Bringing this story to light, the author did an amazing job, and can t imagine it was easy to do.I received this book through Kregel s Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review


  4. Joan Joan says:

    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 Germany.The 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 family.The reality this novel portrayed is shocking It was har 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 Germany.The 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 family.The 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 life.It 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 crematorium.It 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 efforts.I 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 61 I 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 evil.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review


  5. Victor Gentile Victor Gentile says:

    Therese Down in her new book, The End Of Law published by Lion Fiction gives us A Novel of Hitler s Germany.From 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 race.SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich His readiness to kill without question or remorse would seem to make him the ideal candidate to lead the T4 euthanasia programme SS officer Karl Muller, a tr Therese Down in her new book, The End Of Law published by Lion Fiction gives us A Novel of Hitler s Germany.From 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 race.SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich His readiness to kill without question 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 take.Their mandate to kill the unworthies not just the Jews, but crippled children, the mentally ill, homosexuals Hedda, Walter s wife and old acquaintance 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 made.This 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 nation.Let 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, equally, 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 tofrom this highly talented author.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Kregel Publications I was not required 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


  6. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    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 war.SS Officer Walter Gunter is a brutal, bloodthirsty man He has no quarms about follwowing orders to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, as ordered by Hitler.His 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 n 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 war.SS Officer Walter Gunter is a brutal, bloodthirsty man He has no quarms about follwowing orders to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, as ordered by Hitler.His 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 too.I 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 me.Officer 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 country.The book is quite 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 miss.Yes 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 information.I 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 woman.A hard hitting novel, that I m sure must have been hard, yet fulfilling for Ms Down to write.Reviewed by Stacey at www.whisperingstories.com


  7. Amanda Stephan Amanda Stephan says:

    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 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


  8. Kat Kat says:

    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 farthan 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.


  9. Lisa London Lisa London says:

    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 now.I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


  10. Christopher Bradley Christopher Bradley says:

    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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