Not to be Forgiven
Paperback – September, 2013
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Immersed in World War II propaganda, a 10-year-old Nebraskan child, Sis, is convinced all Germans are monsters. Her brother, Danny, is fighting Germans in North Africa. Then she meets Horst, an inmate in a near-by Prisoner of War Camp. He’s friendly, funny, and helps her save an injured magpie. She trusts him with her fears, but, shaken by ambivalence, tells no one about the relationship.
As events transpire, Sis ponders: Is Horst friend or foe? She can’t be sure. Then Danny comes home a shattered stranger, his diary filled with Nazi atrocities. Forcibly reminded all Germans are foes, she betrays Horst’s friendship to intransigent Nazis in the POW camp because she hears they punish American sympathizers. What she doesn’t know is that the evil of Hitler’s gestapo reaches all the way into these camps.
Sis learns what they did to Horst from a nurse who works in the POW infirmary; the result of torture, it leaves the kind German maimed for life. She is devastated. Decades later, Sis still grieves the unthinkable damage they did him and, as she sees Swastika earrings on a child, she remembers how their friendship was twisted by the malignant power of hatred. She prays for forgiveness for herself and asks mercy for a world again awash in hate.