A whirlwind pre-war romance filled with love and hope was dashed when Hans became a doctor for the Nazi Party.
Hans was forcibly sent to Dachau to do research and testing on the prisoners. This made him quite unhappy and made Annaliese, his wife, even more unhappy when she found out what he was really doing there.
Annaliese found out what he was doing from her gardener that Hans had brought to their home from the camp.
Annaliese couldn't confront Hans about what she had learned because she knew Hans would take Alexander, the gardener, back to the camp.
It was a tough time for Annaliese, and she was confiding in Alexander even though she knew it was wrong to treat him kindly and give him extra food. She had to tread lightly to not get him in more trouble.
We follow Annaliese before the war, during the war, after the war as her husband was hunted for his participation in the experiments at Dachau, and in America with her son as he asks about his father. He actually didn’t know his father because he was very young when his father disappeared a few days before the war ended.
THE GERMAN WIFE is well done, heartbreaking, based on true characters, and a book that revealed what went on during the time at Dachau Concentration Camp.
Historical fiction fans and women’s fiction fans will want to read this book.
Excellent read. 5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
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