An Obsolete Honor: A Story of the German Resistance to Hitler

An Obsolete Honor: A Story of the German Resistance to Hitler

by Helena P. Schrader


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In 1938, all of Germany seems to be captivated by the pied piper from Austria, Adolf Hitler. However, Philip Baron von Feldburg is a young German officer deeply concerned about the direction Germany is going and is distressed by the policies of the Nazi government.

While his younger brother is thrilled to be flying the Luftwaffe's latest fighter, his sister marries a self-made man with good Nazi connections and a bright future. As one Nazi victory follows another, Philip feels increasingly isolated until he meets Alexandra Mollwitz, an attractive secretary working at General Staff headquarters. Philip finds love and a kindred spirit. Through her he meets a group of senior officers working to overthrow the Nazi regime using the Valkyrie Plot.

A work of historical fiction, An Obsolete Honor personalizes a major event in world history. The story demonstrates how immersed the Nazi regime became in both the public and political world and in the personal lives of the German people, who were often forced to make decisions not aligned with their personal beliefs. An Obsolete Honor helps us understand what it was like to live and work in Germany during those tragic times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595490882
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/13/2008
Pages: 572
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.27(d)

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An Obsolete Honor: A Story of the German Resistance to Hitler 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An Obsolete Honor is a must read for anyone who is interested in learning from history and not making the mistakes of the past. The novel centers around individual people's moral outrage at what Hitler was doing and his regime. These characters are German, living in Germany and come from various strata of life. The character studies are fascinating and one can feel the emotional and mental struggle individuals can face between morality, patriotism and social convenience. This is a song of the unsung heroes, albeit fictionalized, that will rise in the face of adversity and risk their own lives to do what is right. Meticulously researched, Helena has given us a fictionalized glimpse into the heart of many Germans that culminated in the unsuccessful plot to assassinate Hitler, often referred to as Valkyrie, Valkyrie Plot or the Valkyrie Conspiracy.
maribs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An Obsolete Honor follows the stories of different people and families in Germany during Hitler's rise to power. It shares their fears and concerns about Hitler and the direction their country is taking under his reign. We see the lengths that many Germans went through to follow their own beliefs and morals despite being always in danger of getting caught and tried for treason. We see the simple act of putting shoes on "Polish workers" and letting them live as humans instead of slaves, forging of credentials and id's for Jewish families, and the planning behind Operation Valkyrie, the plot to assassinate Hitler and take over the government.It is very evident that there was a lot of research done for this book. The historical events are intertwined perfectly with the narrative and held my attention for most of the 568 pages. The drama is gripping and hard to turn away from. The only time I started to lose interest was for the few chapters that focused entirely on military tactics. It was easy to get lost and confused trying to keep track of all the regiments, officers and names of villages. However, the story continues quickly and the pace picks back up all the way to the conclusion.I highly recommend everyone who is interested in WWII, but not a fan of reading historical texts like I am, to read this. This book is perfect because it gives the history of the events with the drama of how it could have effected people's lives. It makes you feel like you are there and experiencing it as it happens.
CELTICTHUNDER10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Book. Describes the story of the German Resistance so well that you begin to see the events unfold before you. Within a few pages, the thrill envelops you. This is written so well that it is hard to believe that it is Historical Fiction. I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone interested in the time period.
TheOpeningLines More than 1 year ago
This is a sponsored review of Hitler's Demons. I received compensation and a free copy of the book, but am under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own, and my honest opinion of the book. I debated between a four or five star review for a couple minutes on account of the fact that I loved the story and the uniqueness of the story, but didn't like the way it ended. Five stars wins because it was truly a great read, and something that has not been told enough, especially in fiction. If you are a fan of historical fiction or enjoy reading stories about WWII, then you are going to enjoy this. I have friends reading it, or listening to me talk about it, that are not even big on history, simply because it is a different look at the resistance that took place during this horrible time. No spoilers, but it basically tells the story of several characters that are all tied together in some way, but living at very different ends of the social scale and socio-economic status. Some of the characters are involved members of the Valkyrie plot and even thought hey work within the German government and military, we see that they have morals and do not believe that Nazism is the right path for Germany. You really get to see the same situation from very different angles, even within the same family. It was a great read and one that I totally recommend. The author did a great job with all the tiny historical facts that other authors might neglect to acknowledge. Since I already mentioned it I will say that I wish the ending had been a little more than it was. It wrapped up way too fast for my liking.
rebeccajlsk More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of the ebook version of this novel, Hitler's Demons. I was compensated monetarily but have not been asked to provide a positive review,all opinions are my own. Written by Helena P. Schrader, this book is set, as you would expect, in the 1930's and 40's and follows the lives of various German families as they muddle through the war with growing resentment for the man in charge of their country. Main characters include Baron Philip von Feldburg,, Marianne Moldenaeur, Alexandra v. Mollwitz and their various families. Based on over 10 years of research and interviews with numerous survivors of World War Two, Helena has created a fictional work around the well-documented real life Valkyrie plot. It is no secret that there were, in fact, numerous German officers who disagreed with Hitler's idea of Nazism and resented the damage he was doing to their country and their troops. The author gives the definition of Hitler's Demons as 'those Germans who opposed his diabolical regime on moral grounds. They sought to defend human dignity and restore the rule of law.' Although I found this ebook a little hard to get into at first and struggled a little with the various military references, I found myself very sympathetic towards the main characters, especially Philip. As a military officer himself, he gets to see firsthand just how much damage Hitler is doing and although a little dubious at first, is more than enthusiastic eventually, to be involved in the Valkyrie Plot. Schrader has cleverly created characters you almost fall in love with - Philip's younger brother Christian is charming and from the way he's described, extremely good looking; Marianne, an Aryan beauty, goes out of her way to help her Jewish friends, forever in fear of being caught; Yvette, the young French girl charmed by Christian's friend Dieter, aloof but interesting. She also introduces some characters you can't help but thoroughly dislike - Philip's younger sister, Theresa, brainwashed by her money and power hungry husband into believing every word that comes out of Hitler's mouth and who is forever insulting her family and those around them; Walther, Theresa's husband, who thinks that his newly successful status means he is above others. I often found myself worrying for those involved in the plot, there were so many near misses where they could get caught - and they make numerous attempts on Hitler's life, leaving me with my heart in my mouth, wondering what would happen. As a fictional piece of work, I knew that Schrader could make anything happen and this kept me engrossed to the very last page. However, as we know, all assassination attempts on Hitler's life ended unsuccessfully and the author kept true to real life in that respect. I was a little disappointed in the ending, it seemed abrupt and I felt a little annoyed that some great characters were lost in a few sentences, rather than given the sendoff I felt they deserved. However, I found this an interesting read. I enjoyed learning more about real-life characters the author included in the book, such as General Olbricht. As a history geek and a total bookworm, I found this very interesting and would like to read more of the authors work. If you have any interest in Hitler's Germany, the Valkyrie Plot, history or just like reading in general, I'd definitely suggest giving this book a try.
National_Board_Certified More than 1 year ago
I read Hitler's Demons, which was the Kindle version of An Obsolete Honor. Hitler's Demons is not your typical novel. Instead, it's more of a historical fiction reference guide, filled with deep characters and heart-wrenching side stories. Ultimately the reader realizes what sacrifices were made by those who wanted to overthrow the Nazi regime and how hard life was during the WWII era. I learned quite a bit about German culture and dialect, although I'm definitely no WWII scholar yet. At the end of the book you'll find a helpful glossary of the German military ranks as well as a thorough Historical Note. Hitler's Demons would be a deeply moving read for the WWII buff, especially those who are familiar with the Germany of that time period. It's obvious that Schrader is a gifted historian, able to weave exciting fiction into believable truth. I'm really interested in reading more of her works. (Disclaimer: I received a copy of Hitler's Demons ebook to review, and was compensated monetarily for my review. I was not obligated to publish a positive review. The opinions stated are my own.)
KPug More than 1 year ago
The description on the book’s website indicates that it is a, “Novel of historical fiction about the German resistance to Nazism in WWII and of the Valkyrie Plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler.” This book centered around a soldier by the name of Philip Baron von Felburg, who worked for the German Home Army which was a deeply undercover operation that on the surface was supportive of Hitler, all the while plotting his assassination. Surrounding Philip was his family, his co-workers, fellow officers above and below him and his tenants in the large home owned by his family, not to mention several other members of the community. Each person had their own opinion of the war and of Hitler and extreme care had to always be made to never say anything derogatory about Hitler at the risk of being arrested for treason. The German Home Army was run by General Friedrich Olbricht, who since 1942 had been planning “Valkyrie,” a military coup to assassin Hitler in an attempt to gain power over the Nazi regime. After several attempts, the final failure was carried out by Claus Stauffenberg on July 20, 1944. He and 3 other members of the German Home Army were executed that same day without trial. Many lives were changed after this fateful day. Some men involved were jailed, put in concentration camps or executed. Many committed suicide to avoid being arrested by the Gestapo and likely questioned, tortured and then executed themselves. From the beginning, each member of the German Home Army knew the outcome would be “Valkyrie” or death, not to be confused with Hitler’s famous saying during the war of “Stand or die,” instructing his soldiers they are never to retreat by any means, resulting in the death of thousands of German soldiers because of another one of Hitler’s outlandish ‘rules.’ To reiterate, while this book was fascinating as a whole, I really struggled with the amount of characters involved on either side, the German language and the military terminology not to mention just the history itself. Again I admit my ignorance. I’m a smart girl, but history’s just not my strong point. That’s not to say I don’t recommend this book, however. There are many history buffs out there who would undoubtedly enjoy this book. I dare say my grandmother would have blown through it.
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