Friday, March 4, 2016
"Loyal to a Degree", by Horst Christian
“Loyal to a Degree” is a true account told from of the point of view of a young boy who experienced life during the Nazi Germany regime. This is a story about survival and loyalty.
Young boys were taken away from their parents and drafted against their wills into Hitler Youth at a very young age. Parents as well as boys had two choices: obey or die. So at 14, Karl Veth became member of Hitler Jugend and assistant leader of a KLV camp in Poland till the Russian army broke through the German lines. Karl then brought the boys under his command back to Berlin where he received new orders. In a chilling voice “Loyal to a Degree” recounts how Karl constantly relied on his wits to stay alive and had to make difficult decisions during the final days of WW11.
This is a very touching and incredible story in the days before and after the fall of Berlin. The level of details is fascinating. The author touches everything from getting food, finding shelter, dodging enemies to making everlasting friendships and looking for lost ones…. Although we are in an unspeakable time, the experiences lived in this book are so vividly told and said in such an entertaining way it was like watching a movie. This is an excellent read were the two main characters bring life to a terrifying landscape injecting some humour and a good measure of sanity in order to get through the trauma of war and escape with their lives.