Yes, I do know ThetaMu in real life, although he has a real name, too. Nice chap, very keen to show this book
might be based on fiction rather than a true story. We shall see.
He recently spoke with a reporter for a major major newspaper in New York who interviewed him at length by phone the other day.
ThetaMu’s take on the phone chat: “I wouldn’t say she brushed me off, but she’s not interested in anything other than is Alex Jewish or not Jewish? She has no other interest and because I couldn’t tell her if I knew for certain if Alex is Jewish or not, she didn’t seem really interested in pursuing anything with me. All other suspicions that I had…... she discounted ...... She even suggested that she didn’t find it remotely suspicious that a Nazi military unit would harbor a Jewish child knowingly.”
As Renquist has said, it seems that you assume that every German Army unit was made up of rabid, Jew-hating Nazi’s. This was not the case. Like any other men (and women) each person had their own beliefs and set of ethical guidelines. Many German soldiers felt the SS and true Nazi’s went too far in dealing with the Jews. Many went out of their way to care for or help what they considered people first, and race second. Just like anyone else.
As the victors, many have tried to re-write history such that every German was a Nazi. They want to paint a whole people with the crimes of their leaders/upper military echelons. I tend to think that the rank and file Germans were no different from everyone else. They were just there because they had no real choice. I would like to think that at least some of them would have put themselves at risk to help another human being. And I think that a close look at the facts will back me up.