I don’t usually talk about historical fiction much because it’s generally not my thing, but my mom has been working with the author of Loyal To A Degree, Horst Christian, to help him get his book ready for publication. I’ve heard a lot about the story and Christian’s life over the last month, and it’s too interesting not to share. The book presents a unique, inside look at history from the point of view of someone who actually lived through it.
Loyal to a Degree is based on a true story about a young boy living in Nazi Germany during World War II, written by a man who actually experienced life during that time. Did you know that back then, boys in Germany were drafted into Hitler Youth at a young age against their will? They had two choices: obey or die. For a terrified child, the choice is clear.
Can you even begin to imagine what it would be like to be drafted in a war you had no desire to fight, or told you’re going to die? Yes, the US drafted people, but not at the threat of their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Certainly not when they’re still young children, either!
About Loyal to a Degree
Based on a true story, a young boy in World War II Germany is forced to become a man well before his time, or perish.
Karl Veth is 14 years old and as mandated by German law, a member of Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth). He is the assistant to the leader of a KLV camp in Poland – an air raid evacuation camp where 120 German boys under the age of 12 were sent to protect them from the bombings in Berlin. As the Russian army advances and breaks through the German defense lines, Karl is put in command of safely transporting the boys from Poland back to their families in Berlin. He must, however, do this without any help from headquarters.
Once back in Berlin, Karl receives new orders. Having spent a great deal of time exploring the subway tunnels of Berlin when he was younger, Karl has unique knowledge of the subway system. Upon learning that he is a “subway rat”, the SS takes advantage of Karl’s knowledge and orders him to act as a guide for SS demolition commandos in the tunnels.
While the Russians move closer and the fall of Berlin is imminent, Karl is in the midst of the destruction of the city where he was born. Every day he sees and smells death on the streets and as he does so, his loyalty begins to waver.
Hungry, scared, and disillusioned with the war, Karl must constantly rely on his wits simply to stay alive. As a member of the Hitler Youth he is expected to fight like a soldier, however, he reaches a point where he must make a critical decision – live or die.
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