Georg Elser

Georg Elser : The Zither Player

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No anti-Nazi group or individual came closer to decapitating the Nazi Party than Georg Elser. Once written off as a Nazi stooge, the enigmatic zither playing cabinetmaker is now a national hero in Germany. His reputation underwent a resurrection with the unearthing of his 203 page Gestapo interrogation report revealing almost as much about his love life as his lone wolf attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Written like fiction, the author reconstructs the three months Elser took to install his deadly apparatus in a Munich beer hall. While he toiled alone he had no way of knowing his radical political intervention to end the Nazi nightmare would intersect with the last-ditch British attempt to avoid war with Germany: the calamitous Venlo Incident. Nor did Elser foresee the 'miraculous' escape of the Nazi leaders from his bomb attack would promote the myth of Hitler's invincibility and spawn a rash of conspiracy theories. Worst still after his capture, interrogation and confession, Elser became a personal prisoner of the criminal dictator, condemned to live through the escalating atrocities of the Third Reich - the evil he was so desperate to prevent.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 445g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1517710219
  • 9781517710217
  • 1,357,924

About Tom Ferry

Tom Ferry is the pen name of Ian Ferrier, born in Sydney, Australia. After a career as an architect, his first novel was 'Improbable Rendevous', inspired by the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney in 1942 and Haruki Murakami. 'Improbable Journey' and 'Improbable Destination' followed to complete a Trilogy. The man who might have stopped WW2 is the subject of his fourth novel, 'Georg Elser: The Zither Player'.
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