Hitler knows what he wants, and he wants the Lawrence maps. They are cartographic gems drawn by the late Lawrence of Arabia that explain how to take and defend every major position in the Middle East. Hitler can’t do without them. He knows oil will win the next war, and he doesn’t want to be on the losing side again as he was in the Great War when he was only a corporal. So he does everything humanly possible to get hold of them. This struggle is what makes up the plot of Captive At The Berghof. Dora thinks at the beginning that she didn’t realize when she married Edward that she was consenting to a duel to the death with the Nazi dictator.

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Part of the reason I wrote Captive At The Berghof was to make Hitler more than a two dimensional “carpet eater” who foams at the mouth and rants and raves. Instead I picture him as an astute and clever politician who knows how to get what he wants. He acts in a very self-controlled fashion. He manipulates people and plays on their weaknesses, making a fool of the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for instance.

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The exhibit on Hitler and the Germans has been extended for 3 more weeks in February in Berlin. It had record attendance.

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Hitler and the Germans faced a demographic crisis in the 1930’s. Germany today still faces a demographic crisis that continues. This issue was dealt with by former banker Thilo Sarrazin in his book Germany Abolishes Itself, Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab. It became a bestseller during the fall of 2010.

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On October 25, 2010, sixty-five years after the end of World War II, the German government released a 900-page report about the role of the German Foreign Ministry during the Nazi era. The report was commissioned in 2005 by former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and was prepared by a team of German historians. Entitled “The Office and the Past: German Diplomats in the Third Reich and the Federal Republic,” the report details the ministry’s role in the Holocaust, as well as in helping former Nazi officials convicted of war crimes from being arrested after the war.

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On October 10, 2010 (10/10/10) at 10:10 A.M., the Savoy, one of London’s premier luxury hotels, reopened after a three-year, 220 million renovation. Many of the original Art Deco styles displayed in the hotel’s public rooms have been restored and retained. The Savoy is featured in several scenes in Captive at the Berghof, including one where the Wares meet with Winston Churchill at the Savoy Grill. Unfortunately, the Savoy Grill, Winston’s favorite restaurant, will not reopen until November 29th, the delay being attributed to “structural issues.” For more information about the Savoy and its famous bars and restaurants, as well as its 121-year old history, you can visit the hotel’s website, www.fairmont.com/savoy.

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On Thursday, October 14, a museum in Berlin, Germany broke new ground by opening an exhibition, for the first time since World War II ended 65 years ago, about Adolf Hitler. The exhibition, “Hitler and the Germans” (Hitler und die Deutsche), is at the German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) and will continue until February 4, 2011. It explores how Hitler came to power and his hold over the German people, including how the Germans themselves were looking for a strong leader to extricate them from the economic depression and social chaos of the early 1930’s. While the exhibition does not have any personal items of Hitler’s, it does display some fascinating Nazi memorabilia, including “Fuhrer-Quartett” playing cards with Hitler and other Nazi leaders on them, toy tin soldiers dressed in Nazi uniforms, and a large sideboard designed by Albert Speer for the Reich Chancellery that is inlaid with swastikas and eagles.

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This blog will explore the historical background behind the novel, Captive at the Berghof by Linda and Gary Cargill. Winston Churchill is the first major historical figure to be probed.

It is 1935. Winston Churchill, the famous orator and parliamentarian, who has held nearly every major post in the British Cabinet during his long and illustrious career, is out of power and out of favor. He is regarded by many in his own party, the Conservative Party, as a “warmonger” and a “half breed” whose mother was an American. His views on the British Empire, particularly India, are regarded as hopelessly out of date.

Yet, Churchill’s opinions on one crucial issue are uncannily right on the mark. Unlike the members of the government of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and most other Britons, Churchill rightly views German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Germany he leads as an ever growing threat to the peace and stability of Europe and to Great Britain’s national security. Churchill is beginning to gather information regarding the German military build-up, using a secret network of informants, many of whom work in sensitive British diplomatic and military posts. The information he receives, and often shares in speeches given in the House of Commons, regarding such matters as the number of planes in the new German Luftwaffe is frequently more accurate and up-to-date than that presented to the Prime Minister!

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