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Relics (edição: 2020)

de Donald Lyon (Autor)

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Membro:Judiex
Título:Relics
Autores:Donald Lyon (Autor)
Informação:Independently published (2020), 334 pages
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In 1945, the Allies defeated Germany and Hitler committed suicide. Most people believed the Nazi era was finished. Now, seventy years later, right-wing neoNazis have become active in many parts of the world. Donald Lyon’s RELICS is a very, well-written novel that applies to current events happening in many western countries, particularly in Europe and the US.
The book opens with Nazi hunter Herr Blaumann meeting with an elderly Jewish man who had been talking about far right conspiracies . He may have been attacked and had dementia but was unable to tell the hospital staff what happened to him after he was found partly submerged in a river.
Before the German Hauptkommissar Hans Stammler, could talk to him, he was given a sedative which might cause him to not even remember the event even if he could talk to him. When Stammler did meet with him the next day, Blaumann repeated one name and said “The Russian has his bones. They’re for sale and the Nazis want them.”
It turned out a small group of Hitler supporters were using the idea of displaying his bones to attract followers to a rally. In order to control their story, they set out to kill the men involved with the men responsible for disposing of the remains.
Stammler thought of the flesh of that man, who had been worshiped and hated by so many, set on fire. What gave him the right? And what gave him the power? The power that he still holds over that sick and tiny cabal of people who would recreate his excesses. Stammler realized that was what he wanted to find out.
An investigation led Stammler to hidden WWII era KGB files and to a former Stasi colleague, Friedrich Rϋhling, who was the only person who could solve the problem. At the end of WWII, Rϋhling and rwo other military members were assigned the job of getting rid of the remains of Hitler and the others in his bunker after they committed suicide. The bodies were cremated, the ashes crushed together and reburied in a secret location so they could never be found nor identified. “That body was now reduced to the same condition he had imposed upon so many of his fellow creatures.” Now, the other two men had been murdered.
Since the war ended, Rϋhling, had been imprisoned and, since his release, had been living a lonely, poverty-stricken life, avoiding contact with other people. Rϋhling wanted to wind down slowly, anonymously. “In the end, though, he was the only one who knew, the only one equipped for the task, and that made him responsible. Responsibility did not die because one did not expect it or want it.”
Another main character is a naive young Canadian woman, called Karen by the group, had grown up as an orphan and felt she had to please the people on whom she was dependent. The leaders took advantage of her insecurity and trained her to be an assassin to get rid of anyone who could disprove their lie.
As the plot continues, the main characters reconsider what they have been doing and the results of those actions on themselves and others.
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“The true believers, the ones who really want to believe, will not be swayed by the questions. And it is the true believers that we want. It doesn’t really matter if the rest of the world believes these are Hitler’s bones or not. Think of all the pieces of the True Cross that have been spread around Europe. Does it matter whether they are really pieces of the Cross to those who want to believe? Of course not.”
“And why protect people from ideas? Let them make up their own minds.” “Perhaps because people do not appreciate the costs of those ideas. Those ideas were never compatible with a truly egalitarian society, but all the people saw were the new cars, the shops, the money. They did not appreciate the costs of such a system. They did not understand that all that wealth was created on the backs of others. They did not realize that in such a system they were valuable only to the extent that they could create wealth for other people and if they could not, they were simply thrown away.”
“The thugs are useful, even necessary in some situations, but our friends seem to have forgotten that it was a great charismatic leader that created our movement. We will not be back in power unless another comes along.... He needs to convey our ideas in a charming and reasonable manner. We can’t have him turned into another hate-spouting demagogue.”
“From the darkness she said, ‘Do you believe everything happens for a reason?’ He opened his eyes and sighed. He pulled her even closer to him. ‘There are reasons for everything,’ he said, ‘but they’re not often good ones.’
RELICS by Donald Lyon is an extremely well-written, page-turning novel delving into reasons neo-Nazism is a current problem: what is being done to attract followers and why the actions have been successful. It also uncovers why and how some people are able and willing to change their perspectives. ( )
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