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A Question of Allegiance

By Peter Vollmer

The world is at war…

Matthias Aschenborn, the son of a wealthy South West African industrialist and farmer finds himself flying by the seat of his pants in Peter Vollmer’s panoramic novel A Question of Allegiance

Matthias and his philandering older brother George are sent by their father to Germany to complete their educations – this during the 1930s when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party were promising to restore pride and glory to the country following defeat in World War 1.

While George sets about completing his university studies and encouraging his young brother to spend more time on his sex education, Matthias sees his future as a pilot in the fabled Luftwaffe as a way to deal with the looming prospect of conscription into Hitler’s burgeoning war machine.

But Matthias, who has been brought up in a family with long and strong Jewish connections, finds allegiances are strained.
He is astounded at the enthusiasm that respectable Germans in the Fatherland are showing for Hitler’s dreams of redemption.
But he discovers that a culture of fear and reprisals against dissenters prevents even military veterans from speaking out when the Jew-hating begins.

From this launch pad Matthias is propelled on a cascade of adventures in Spain, Russia, Germany and finally back in South West Africa as he becomes entangled – amorously and otherwise – in the development and later collapse of the Fuhrer’s Third Reich.

Peter Vollmer’s sweeping Bildungsroman of a young man trying to make his way through a world tainted with pure evil and drenched with innocent blood returns time and again to humour and love.

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