5.14.2016 | Books
Over 20,000 deserters and war resisters paid the ultimate price at the hands of Hitler’s brutal war judges and bloody executioners. Thousands of others died in prison camps and penal battalions. Even for those who escaped death, life was never the same. For the rest of their lives – for the last few survivors all the way into the new millennium – those who refused to serve the Nazis lived as pariahs, scorned by a society that professed to hate the regime they had actively opposed. In contrast, their judges, masters of unbelievably draconian sentences, thrived in post-war Germany and beyond as honoured men in prestigious positions. Hitler’s Deserters: When Law Merged with Terror is the story of this incredible injustice. It is the disturbing story of what happened to those who refused to fight for the Third Reich, and – even more horrifying – it is the story of a national and international community that turned its back on them.