With “Sieg-Hell!” the author
relives a little known WWII episode when she was drafted into the German Air
Force/Signal Corps to release men for front duty during the war’s final
convulsions on its way into the history books.
As a publisher/editor of a monthly
specialty magazine for the last 36 years, she’s made friends around the world
who urged her for ages to preserve that sliver of history. So here it is, in novel format, with
fictitional names for her cohorts in an escapade which branded her and four other
draftees as deserters after a brief “detour” home to Berlin
when their troop train was stuck hours nearby – while they were dying to know
if their families were still alive. Upon
their voluntary return two days later, they found that AWOL was no desertion
thanks to a new law, so they were arrested and prepared to become “examples” to
deter other would be deserters. However,
when their interrogator hinted that he could do with just one scapegoat,
loyalties, friendships were sorely tested by the “save your butt” syndrome –
leaving just on culprit for show trial gun or noose: the author. What happened?
Read the book.