Set in pre World War II Germany, this unusual love story is bound to fascinate, especially with the knowledge that it is based on real life experiences by the author’s grandparents.
Meet Wilhelm Quedlin, Q for short, who has only one love in life: science. He is an inventor, works on gas masks and echo sound systems and would happily have continued to do so, if he hadn’t been arrested for industrial espionage. Even though it turns out that the accusations were false, he loses his job and his life turns into a completely different direction. In the midst of Hitler’s grab for power, he meets Hilde and all of a sudden there is more to life than science.
Written in a quiet and undramatic style, the author nevertheless unfolds the historic developments in a way that won’t leave the reader untouched. The suffocating atmosphere in pre-war Germany is captured perfectly, while the reader hopes and fears with the young couple.
Their personal story is expertly interwoven with well-researched occurrences such as the burning of the Reichstag building or the Olympic Games in Berlin. The craziness of Hitler’s racial laws and his tight grasp on the media will certainly get readers thinking and probably answer a few questions about how all of this could have happened.
In the light of a growing right wing movement in Germany using Nazi propaganda today, this book is an important work that might help to open a few eyes and avoid a repetition of history.
Being part one of a three book series, I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.