A Family Divided

by Dick Parsons



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/18/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9781546285144
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9781546285335
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9781546285151

About the Book

The Versailles Treaty which brought peace after the Great War (1914-18) was viewed by Adolf Hitler as humiliating and unjust, leading to his determination to make Germany great again and the Reich judenfrie (rid of the Jews). When he becomes Führer in 1934, his policies affect the families of two German brothers in evermore contrasting ways. Klaus the younger, is married to a Jew and their children a boy and a girl, are therefore Jewish. His brother Wolfgang’s wife like him, is an Aryan and to Hitler and the Nazis, their two blond blue-eyed sons are archetypal German boys to be nurtured by the Hitler Youth to become enthusiastic and loyal Nazis. Meanwhile the Jews and Klaus’ family suffer increasing persecution, with the threat of imprisonment in concentration camps and extermination at the hands of the S.S. The two branches of the family become separated by Hitler’s anti-Semitism and the Uncles, Aunts and the four cousins suffer contrasting fates as the events of WW2 unfold. Much research by author Dick Parsons has enabled him to portray this terrible period in European history through the lives of this family of two brothers.

About the Author

Educated at Hereford Cathedral School Dick Parsons joined the Royal Navy aged thirteen as a Naval Cadet, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander after thirty-seven years’ service during which time he served mainly in destroyers and frigates with two sea commands. Qualifying as a Chartered Secretary by means of a correspondence course while serving, when retired he worked as the Accountant for an Insurance Company which ran a syndicate at Lloyds of London. During his final retirement he has served as Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer on a number of local committees and has been a Churchwarden of his local church and a Prison visitor. He is the author of “New Zealand – A Personal Discovery”, “A Fisher of Slaves” and “Turbans”. The first is a travel book about the country he loves, the second is an historical novel concerning the Atlantic Slave Trade and the third is also a historical novel about life in India during the “Raj” and World War II.