Novel by Tom Ferry
Georg Elser – The Zither Player
The true story of Georg Elser's assassination attempt on on the Nazi leaders in November 1939 and the so-called Venlo Incident at the same time
Infused with obsessive energy, the zither playing cabinetmaker, Georg Elser, planned the elimination of the Nazi leaders to prevent a catastrophic world war in 1939. While he sweated over the installation of his deadly device in a Munich beer hall, British secret service agents were meeting with German military officers urging regime change.
But things went terribly wrong.The Nazis were gifted a propaganda windfall with the capture of the failed lone wolf assassin and the British agents.Life hung in the balance for all the plotters until the barbaric machinations of Nazi regime climaxed in 1945. Still questions remain. With the blood of innocents on his hands was Elser’s act terrorism or morally justified?
Only a fraction of the extraordinary story of one mans precisely calculated vendetta against Adolf Hitler is told in the 2015 German film 13 Minutes. His daring lone wolf act came tantalizing close to changing the course of history – yet one simple error combined with a botched British peace operation, blunted the will of others in the German Opposition to resist the Nazi reign of terror – that resulted in the deadliest conflict in world history.
For many decades Elser was thought to be a stooge of the Nazis. Now he is recognised as a genuine resistance fighter of Third Reich. Recently released top secret British documents enhance this true story that is written like fiction. Look inside...
Tom Ferry: Georg Elser: The Zither Player, CreateSpace 2016, 332 pages, $14.90.
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