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THE LAST WEISS by [Richardson, Rolf]
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Length: 341 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The year is 1944. Nazi Germany is on its knees, but stubbornly fighting on. British and American bombers are pounding the Third Reich, but the cost is heavy. One of these casualties is an RAF Lancaster bomber on its way to blast the vital ball bearing plant at Schweinfurt. It never gets there, shot down down by...? The sole survivor is the tail gunner, called Per, and he never knew what hit them. He only knows that he has woken up, dazed, in a foreign field. He has slept - been concussed? - for hours and is now on the run; in a country whose citizens he has been trying to kill and who view all allied airmen as 'terror-flieger'.

However, Per has one possible fact in his favour: he is Norwegian, one of the countless young men who flocked to the allied cause when their country was occupied by the Nazis. Unlike the Czechs, Poles and other Eastern Europeans, who in Nazi eyes are 'unter mensch' - barely human - Norway had been occupied for strategic reasons, its people considered 'Aryan', racially similar to the Germans. To the dismay of the Nazis, Norway did not appreciate being taken under German 'protection' and soon had an active resistance going.

Nevertheless, Per hopes his nationality might offer some protection. There is another factor: the Fatherland is now desperately short of manpower, every able-bodied male at the front, trying to stem the flood of enemies. The home front is serviced entirely by women, geriatrics and millions of foreign workers - slave labour brought in from occupied countries. Per hopes to pass himself off as one of these.

In a seemingly hopeless quest to avoid being sent to a POW camp, Per starts tramping through the collapsing German Reich. After a couple of days, he reaches the first small town. By now hungry, his initial optimism gone and close on collapse, he sits down in the town square. A POW camp now seems a tempting option. But as he sits there, an accident transforms his life. Without thinking, he saves the life of young Benni, the last son of a prominent family: the Last Weiss. A member of the master race, his avowed enemy.

A bemused Per is hailed as a hero and, with Germany now desperate for labour and his status uncertain, he is put to work in the gasthof. Where he gradually finds himself making friends with people he had recently being trying to kill. The person he sees most of is Benni's mother Siggy, who runs the gasthof. If a healthy young man sees a lot of an equally healthy young woman the outcome is fairly certain. Even if they are supposedly on opposite sides.

Per's priority becomes surviving the war, which is clearly in its final phase. His new home is in a remote rural area, so the prospects look good. However, as the military situation deteriorates, the Nazis become ever more unpredictable. After two high-profile deaths in their little community, Per's situation becomes precarious. So when a top Nazi, Gauleiter Frunze, with his own mysterious agenda, offers Per a chance to return to Norway, he accepts. In spite of the extraordinary condition attached to this offer.

Per spends the last few months of the war close to Hitler's personal henchman in Norway, Reichskommissar Terboven, effectively Norway's dictator, who becomes increasingly trigger-happy. With final defeat beckoning, Terboven is demanding ever more savage reprisals for acts of sabotage by the Norwegian resistance. When the final curtain falls, what will Terboven do with the nearly half million Germans still stationed in Norway? Will he attempt a suicidal last stand?

As the Third Reich collapses in a welter of chaos and blood, Per finds both his personal life and that of his country heading towards a climax.

About the Author

Rolf Richardson is a mongrel English/Norwegian who loves to travel. To begin with, 25 years as an airline pilot, including 747s. After that, paying his way as as a roaming photographer, somewhere around 110 countries in total. Has worked his passage on cruise ships by giving lectures. Taken 3 months to drive round Australia. Even found time to marry and raise a family. He is fascinated by the quirks of history, and has now taken to writing about it.

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