Steven Hartov, The Soul of a Thief

Steven Hartov
The Soul of a Thief
Thursday, April 19, 7pm

In the spring of 1944, I realized that I was not going to survive the war…

Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander’s habit of bringing his staff into combat, and a pair of secrets that are far more dangerous than the battlefield. Shtefan is a Mischling and one of the thousands of German citizens of Jewish descent who have avoided the death camps by concealing themselves in the ranks of the German army. And he is in love with Gabrielle Belmont, the colonel’s French mistress. Either of those facts could soon mean his end, were Colonel Erich Himmel to notice.

Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war’s end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side, no matter what the reports from Hitler’s generals may say. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plot to escape Europe. To fund his new life, he plans to steal a fortune from the encroaching Allies. A fortune that Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from him…

Atmospheric and intense, The Soul of a Thief captures the turbulent emotional rush of those caught behind the lines of occupied France, where one false step could spell death, and every day brings a new struggle to survive.

Steven Hartov is a New York Times bestselling author, a former Israeli Defense Forces paratrooper and current New York Guard commander; the book is built from his interesting family history - he had family on both sides of World War II. In fact, his grandfather - of Jewish heritage - won an Iron Cross for his accomplishments in battle. This was, of course, before his lineage was discovered and he was summarily sent back to the camps. He explores the Mischlinge - Jewish soldiers who fought for the Nazi Army - in The Soul of a Thief. Hartov's protagonist writes the book in the form of a memoir as he struggles to hide his heritage and survive the war as it becomes apparent that Germany is destined to be on the losing side of history.
 
Event date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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54 Fairfield St.
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781335144577
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hanover Square Press - April 17th, 2018