Before the Court of Heaven

Before the Court of Heaven

by Jack Mayer

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ISBN-13: 9780984111343
Publisher: Long Trail Press
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 530
Sales rank: 1,063,329
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: HISTORIES
1: The Deed of Deeds (june 1922) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2: Stillbirth (june 1922) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
3: Casualties (1914-1918). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
4: The Red Kite (1918). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
5: Kiel Naval Base (september - november 1918). . . . . . . . . . . . 67
6: Revolution! (october - december 1918). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
7: Free Corps (january 1919). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
8: Vorwärts (january 1919) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
9: Home (january 1919 - march 1920) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
10: Kapp Putsch (march 1920). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
11: Bleigiessen (april - june 1920). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
12: Organization C (june 1920 - august 1921) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
13: Assassins (june - july 1922). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
14: Trials (october 1922). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214

Part Two: CRUCIBLES
15: Striegau Prison (october 1922 - april 1924) . . . . . . . . . . . 249
16: Awakenings (april 1924 - january 1930) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272
17: Betrayal (january 1930 - april 1931). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
18: Loyalty (september 1932 - january 1934). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331
19: Legionnaire Tessier (1938). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
20: Confession (november 1938 - june 1940). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378
21: Marseille (june - august 1940). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405
22: Varian Fry (september - november 1940) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
23: Rescue (december 1940 - february 1943). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451
24: Before the Court of Heaven (february - april 1943) . . . . . 478
Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505
Postscript. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 508

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Reviewed by Raanan Geberer for Readers' Favorite Before the Court of Heaven by Jack Mayer tells the story of Ernst Techow, a young German who, in the years following World War I, gets caught up in what can be called the pre-Nazi movement. As a youngster before the war, he learns, both from his nationalist family and from the Wandervogel, a “back to nature” youth movement, to dislike Jews, socialists, bankers, “decadent” modern culture, and Slavic immigrants. After serving in the Kaiser’s army, he joins the Friekorps, a conglomeration of militia groups that are called into service to fight pro-Bolshevik revolutionaries. Then he joins a secret group and is part of the team that assassinates Walter Rathenau, a Jewish statesman whom Ernst and his colleagues blame for “stabbing Germany in the back.” You would think that with this background, Ernst would be a natural candidate for the emerging Nazi movement. But when he finally does join the Nazis, he’s in for a rude awakening. Seventy years after it ended, the Nazi period continues to draw the attention of novelists, and Before the Court of Heaven is one of the best. The characters are subtle and three-dimensional. Ernst, for example, has a softer side — he likes the poetry of Heinrich Heine, a Jew, and the paintings of the French impressionists. This side of him gives a clue as to his eventual disillusionment with the Nazis. Another character that is superbly drawn is Hans Gerd Techow, Ernst’s asthmatic, disabled brother, who tries to overcome his disabilities by becoming one of the most militant fascists around. Mayer also does a good job of depicting the subculture of ultra-nationalist youths in the early '20s, and he shows us that anti-Semitism was part of German culture long before the Nazi era. All in all, Before the Court of Heaven is a fascinating historical novel.