In the first installment of the "Songs in the Night" series, Josef Schumacher, pastor of a small church on the outskirts of Berlin, is infuriated when a Nazi youth rally pulls the teens away from church services. Fearful of the sway of inflammatory rhetoric and false patriotism, Josef joins the resistance movement against Hitler in an attempt to save his young people and the church from the errors of Nazism.
In 1939, Pastor Josef Schumacher's native Germany has become a nightmare of Nazi activism spreading its poisonous grip throughout his congregation and infecting the bright teenagers he has watched grow up. When one of his teens turns in his own father for listening to BBC broadcasts, an action that results in the man's execution, Josef can no longer remain uninvolved. Even though his pregnant wife begs him not to call attention to himself, Josef is drawn deeper into the resistance, risking his life daily. Cavanaugh ("An American Family Portrait" series) examines the lives of ordinary Germans who did not stand by while their countrymen began the wholesale slaughter of Jews. His portrayal of the impact of one man's work on the lives of others fits well on the shelf with Laurel Schunk's A Clear North Light (LJ 4/1/01). Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 01, 2012
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