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In the Shadow of Hitler

Richard Vaughan Davies

In post-war Hamburg, Adam – having been wounded in Normandy – falls in love with a German girl, Rose. In the ruins of the bombed out city, they learn of Hitler’s tormented childhood, and his love affair with Unity Mitford. Adam’s job concerns the prosecution of Nazi war criminals, and the couple get into terrible danger when one escapes into the underground ruins of the city…

Adam is a young Cotswold lawyer wounded as an officer in the Normandy landings and then posted to Hamburg in 1946.

In the ruins of the city, eighty percent destroyed by carpet bombing, he meets a young German girl who is working in a brothel, once her family town house, to survive. Despite the strict anti-fraternisation laws, he and Rose fall in love.

Sharing the house where Adam is living is an elderly Austrian doctor. He knows the terrible secret of Hitler’s childhood, and of his affair with Unity, one of the famous Mitford sisters.

Adam’s job concerns the prosecution of Nazi war criminals, and the couple get into terrible danger when one escapes into the underground ruins of the city…

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