Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WWII German Soldier Speaks of His Dilemma of Serving Hitler and His Conscience

     Monday, April 24, 2017, Max Adam spoke to my LDS ward's empty-nesters (those of us who no longer have children under the age of 20 living under our roofs). With a microphone pined to his lapel to amplify his quiet, heavily accented voice, Max spoke of numerous experiences he had endured during WWII. The room crowded room, late-comers having to stand out in the hall, fell quiet as he told of his little brother Harold being taken away, and the Nazi's promising his parents they were going to make Harold better again and cure his mental illness.  Max choked up as he described the moment when he discovered the truth of what happened to his brother, that he hadn't died in the hospital with the "flu" as the doctors had said, but he'd been a guinea pig for Hitler's medical research.
         Many other stories were told, but still Max didn't share but a fraction of what is retold in my novel, The Hitler Dilemma. This book is the story of his life from age 11 to age 18. I feel honored to have had the privilege of bringing his amazing story to the printed page. It is classified as a historical fiction novel, but to be honest, the majority of the book is non-fiction. I added dialog, made up a few fictitious friends here and there to move the story along and give the book an arc, but that's about it. This is a case where actual events were the kind of stuff a fiction writer would come up with to make a moving story.
     The book came out in 2014, but it is still selling well. It is a story that is timeless and I hope you will take the time to read and be uplifted.
Here is Max with my friends, Glen and Sally Larsen. They loved the program and insisted on buying The Hitler Dilemma and having Max sign it.

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