World War II ended in 1945. But did it really end? After Hitler committed suicide and the Germans surrendered, the world learned of the horrors that had been perpetrated by the Nazis over the previous seven years.
Of course, the Nazi campaign against the Jews began well before those seven years, but although repressive and aimed at taking from the Jews everything that brought meaning to their lives—their citizenship, their careers, their education—Hitler’s methods were basically non-violent. Until that infamous day in 1938, Kristallnacht, when everything went to hell.
The concentration camps, the gas chambers and many other methods of death and torture became the norm for Hitler and his Nazis. Yet the world at large had trouble believing the stories they were being told and no one helped the Jews. Yes, they fought a war with every intention of winning, but not particularly to save the Jewish people from Hitler’s well publicized Final Solution.
And when the war ended, everyone breathed a sign of relief that anti-Semitism had been quashed and now everyone, including the Jews, could return to their normal quiet lives.
That fallacy lasted for only a few years. And then it all started again and reality set in—at first just the words, but eventually the words turned into action as various individuals and hate groups began physically attacking the people who had supposedly been freed to live their lives in peace.
This book centers on the search by various Jewish groups to ferret out former Nazis who had escaped Germany and were living peacefully throughout the world. And two groups, one from the U.S. and the other from Austria, set their sights on a neo-Nazi organization in Vienna, an organization dedicated to furthering Hitler’s “Final Solution” and finally bringing an end to the “Jewish problem.”
IT NEVER ENDS highlights two very different locations: Tampa, Florida and Vienna, Austria; two very different heroes; and one totally unsurprising former Nazi who never gave up on his National Socialist ideals, It is a story of people facing the vagaries of life as well as the prejudices of individuals who add to the natural uncertainties of their lives.
The story is fiction, but the educational and historical facts have not been changed to protect anyone. They are real.