Adalbert Lallier Releases Fictional Novel about a Holocaust Tragedy Rooted in Actual Events

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The historical journey of two Viennese families before and after the First World War, the inter-war period and the seven tragic years following the Anschluß

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Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader is a contrived illusionary story in which the author reveals his closet neo-Nazi orientation by leading us to sympathize with a female member of the SS, a war crime perpetrator. He describes her as not being able to read or write in a country with the highest literacy rate in prewar Europe and hence could not be held responsible either for her war crime or for her postwar exploitation of a fifteen-year-old boy.

On the other hand, Sünde und Vergeltung 2, a fictional novel written by Adalbert Lallier is a holocaust tragedy rooted in actual events in particular the tragedy of the killing of seven Jewish inmates in the Panzergraben just outside of the KZ-Theresienstadt. The murderer, a former Waffen-SS officer, was finally brought to court and tried and convicted in March 2001.

This book explores the historical long journey of two Viennese families: the Rainers who were Catholic and the Laubers who had originally been Jewish but eventually converted to Catholicism. The journey lasts throughout the 20th century and describes the gradual demise of both families. The names and the existence of these two Viennese families are fictitious. However, they illustrate and portray the reality of life in Vienna before and after the First World War, during the entire inter-war period and the seven tragic years following the Anschluß.

Sünde und Vergeltung 2 encourages readers to take an intellectual look at the issue of secular totalitarianism vs. moral philosophy and religion in the 20th century. It encourages an attempt to the overall and ultimate cost that Hitler and his Third-Reich Germans had imposed upon the world in the Führer's quest for the Final Solution. Furthermore, it reflects upon the question of legal and moral retribution, especially since the last remaining individual killers and groups that had formed the Einsatzkommandos will never be brought to trial for their Nazi crimes against humanity.
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Of Huguenot origin, but born in 1925 in the province of the Bánát, in the former Austria-Hungary, Adalbert Lallier was drafted, at the age of 17 against his will by Hitler’s Reichsdeutsche, and forced to serve for almost three years in the 7th Waffen-SS Division Prinz Eugen. He engaged mainly against Titoists on the Balkans and since September 1944, in battles against the onrushing Soviet Red Army. Ordered in December 1944 into the signal officers’ school in Leitmeritz, he witnessed the murder by his own superior officer, Julius Viel, of seven Jewish KZ-inmates who had been engaged in digging an anti-tank ditch, a war crime that would determine his life’s choice after surviving the war. Released from a British prisoner-of-war camp in August 1946, he studied in Bamberg, Germany, and Vienna, where he was fortunate to obtain a post with the United Nations Refugee Organization, responsible for the emigration of mainly Jewish refugees to Canada. He was granted an immigration visa for Canada and arrived in November 1951. Working odd jobs for three years, he was admitted to McGill University and graduated with Honors in Economics and Political Science, whereupon he was admitted on a three-year graduate fellowship to Columbia University in New York City, securing an M.A. in Economics, a Graduate Diploma in International Politics, qualifying for a Doctorate in Economics. Upon returning to Montreal, he taught at Loyola College and was appointed to Dean of the Evening Division. Three years later, he continued his doctoral studies at the Sorbonne/Paris2 with a Doctorat en Sciences Economiques, after which he returned to Montreal and continued teaching at Concordia University. All those years, he struggled with his conscience about the tragic events in the anti-tank ditch and finally decided to reveal his horrifying experience and initiate court action against the murderer living in Germany. He retired from teaching in 1999, and has since been preoccupied with writing and farming. He has committed himself to thinking and writing about the moral and legal issue of sin and retribution, starting with his first novel titled A Peace Without Honor, involving the question of the morality of the Vietnam War. As a social scientist, he also wrote The Golden Triangle: Sexuality, Money, Power – Sexonomics, a path-breaking inter-disciplinary treatise available as an E-book on his website: Dr. Lallier is a widower, with two children and two grandchildren. He lives on a peaceful farm in the most beautiful part of Quebec.
Ich schwöre dir, Adolf Hitler, Treue und Gehorsam * by Adalbert Lallier
Sünde und Vergeltung 2
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 129 pages; 978-1-4836-0682-8
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