WHY DID I WRITE “THE SWASTIKA TATTOO?”

Although my novel is set during WWII in a prisoner of war camp located in Arizona, the main thrust of the book is to view intolerance and how it is passed from generation to generation.

My main character is Rudolf Meier, who is entralled with Adolf Hitler. He wants to join the Hitler Youth because it will enable him to get out from under the scrutiny of his grandmother who hates Hitler. This is a time of greatness for Germany–1936 when the country is rebuilding and everyone has food on the table after so many years of hunger and lack of work because of the reparations that Germany must pay because it lost WWI–and Rudolf wants to be part of that greatness.

But as Rudolf embraces everything German, he also embraces intolerance of anyone who thinks or acts differently.

Copyright, Geraldine Birch. All rights reserved.

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