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Paperback, 6″x9″
252 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63381-131-7


by Richard M. Herman

Hilde Schmidt, Berlin university student and fledgling actress, has no idea that on May 10th, 1933, her Jewish friend Etan will disappear, she’ll witness the biggest book burning in history, and fall in love with Franz, an SS officer.

As the Nazis take control of Germany, Hilde’s family becomes targeted by the secret police. They shut down her father’s newspaper and detain him on trumped up charges.

Fighting back, Hilde joins the Resistance at the same time her soldier husband becomes further immersed in Nazi ideology.

This historical novel is told from Hilde’s point of view, as she tries to make sense of a world gone mad. She is forced to endure the terror of Nazi oppression and the brutality of occupying Russian soldiers.

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“First-time novelist Richard M. Herman has done his homework. Not only does he grasp the frailty of today’s democracy, but he knows the impact of losing civil liberties. This book is a tough yet call-to-awakening read.”
— Susan Lebel Young, MSEd, MSC, author of Lessons from a Golfer: A Daughter’s Story of Opening the Heart and Food Fix: Ancient Nourishment for Modern Hungers



Richard M. Herman grew up on Long Island, studied medicine at Hadassah Medical School and had a family practice, in Maine. He’s always taken a keen interest in the performing arts, and in recent years writing has become his passion. He lives part time in Maine and Florida along with wife, Diane, and dog, Findley.