Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945

Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945

Len Deighton

Language: English

Pages: 624

ISBN: 1402795009

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945

Len Deighton

Language: English

Pages: 624

ISBN: 1402795009

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


 In this gripping prelude to the Game, Set, Match trilogy, spies aren't born--they're made. Winter tells the tale of a Berlin family divided. Two brothers, Peter and Paul Winter, came of age during the Great War; then as Hitler's power spreads through Germany threatening a new era of violence, the brothers are driven apart by differing morals and ambitions. Meticulously researched, this allegory of a nation at odds with itself paints a brilliant portrait of the German zeitgeist during those turbulent years, and provides a powerful depiction of the rise of the Third Reich.

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election, and Hitler’s big share of the vote, Richard Fischer decided they should sell up.’ ‘And leave Germany?’ ‘Yes, and go to Paris.’ ‘But their home . . . and everything . . .’ ‘Yes, Foxy couldn’t bear the thought of it. He’s eighty-two, nearly as old as Dad. He was determined to stay put.’ ‘But why go?’ ‘The regime,’ said Veronica. Lately it had become a way of explaining every horrible thing that happened. ‘But the Fischers are Roman Catholics. They were Catholics even before old

that everyone wear a uniform of some sort, so Piper, as an important figure in the military government, felt unable to flout the regulations. He’d chosen to be a major. Colonels attracted far too much attention, but this field rank gave him admittance to clubs and offices where a captain would find it difficult to get in. But if Piper thought this device would render him inconspicuous, he was mistaken. Piper was upright and healthy – they’d made him take a physical before allowing him to come

‘That you quarrelled.’ ‘It doesn’t matter.’ She picked up the coffee, smelled it for a moment, and then drank some greedily. It was the first taste of real fresh coffee she’d had in a long long time. ‘Do you have a family?’ she asked. ‘No, I never married. There was always so much work. Girlfriends wouldn’t put up with me.’ ‘I’m sure that’s not true.’ He tried to think of something to say. Something that would smoothly lead to his being able to tell her that no one he’d ever met could measure

officer grunted. ‘We can let it go lower, much lower.’ His voice was strained as he gasped for breath. Hildmann was no longer young. At this height the lack of oxygen caused dizziness and headaches and every little exertion seemed exhausting. Peter’s clamber down into the car had made his ears ring, and his pulse was beating at almost twice its normal rate. In the engine cars, and up on the gun positions, men would be suffering nausea and vomiting. It was worth going high to avoid the defences,

champagne. He had long ago learned that everything of which Captain Graf disapproved was ‘Jewish, capitalist filth’, and until now he had never dared to contradict his boss. But the past year had seen a change in Esser’s loyalties. He’d been close enough to the Nazi Party leadership to know that Graf’s hero – and immediate commander – Röhm was not blindly loyal to Hitler. Soon there must come a confrontation between Röhm’s uniformed SA – Sturmabteilung – and the grey-faced civilians of the Nazi

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