Of Good and Evil: Prelude to the Holocaust
Spanning the years 1923 to 1939, the novel has a title that clearly reveals the author’s intentions. The aim of the book is to show the road Germany marched from 1923’s Beer Hall Putsch to 1939’s invasion of Poland. From the persecution of the Jews to the futile attempts to stop Hitler’s relentless progress, we see each step that took the world into World War II. Some fictional characters move the plot along – a man who becomes one of Hitler’s devout followers in the S.S.; his brother, a doctor who opposes Hitler’s aims; a brave Jewish woman who goes deeply undercover in the highest reaches of Nazi society as one of Churchill’s agents – but most of the characters are historical, and the amount of research that went into the novel is impressive.
There are a few problems with the book, including the book’s format; although it’s 495 pages long, in normal page format it would probably be about two-thirds that. And unfortunately, the writing is clumsy. Nevertheless, Of Good and Evil is an oddly affecting novel. The history is well-done, and the strength of the author’s convictions shines through the awkward writing and amateurish formatting. The book would make a bang-up miniseries!