Matthew 14:6

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:6 KJV

Friday, April 14, 2017


About Unwavering:

From inspiration to heartache, hope is fleeting as
freedom becomes a distant memory…

Wilhelm Quedlin’s plan to change the tide of the war is thwarted when he is arrested. And, making matters worse, with the arrest of his wife, Hilde, the fate of their children is thrown into chaos. The situation is desperate and the circumstances become even more dire when Q finds out who was behind his capture and imprisonment.

Yet hope remains...

In the midst of their situation, Q and Hilde are encouraged when they meet like-minded political prisoners in the penitentiary and rumors of reprieval make the rounds.

Despite darkness and despair looming in the distance, their hope never fades.

Will they evade the inevitable and come out unscathed by the claws of the Gestapo?

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Excerpt from the Author’s Notes:

     Most of what I know comes from letters that Q (Hansheinrich in real life) and Hilde (Ingeborg) sent to their family members. Unfortunately, the letters the two of them exchanged during their time in prison were never found.
     The letter to Q’s cousin Fanny in America (in Chapter 44) never made it across the ocean and was later found at the prison Plötzensee.
     I took some artistic liberty with the person of Werner Krauss. He is a real person who survived the war and was indeed Hansheinrich’s cellmate, but only for a few months. Krauss wrote a 33-page report about his involvement with the Schulze-Boysen group, which included several pages about his time in Plötzensee, sharing a cell with my grandfather. From this report, I have reconstructed their friendship to the best of my ability.
     Pfarrer Bernau, the priest, was modeled after the Catholic Priest Buchholz and his Protestant colleague Harald Poelchau, who worked both in Plötzensee and belonged
to the Resistance.
     The Plötzenseer Blutnächte, when the mass executions were carried out, happened between September 7 and 12th after a large portion of the prison was destroyed. Apparently, Hitler had complained about the slow clemency appeal process shortly before the air raids, but the destruction of many holding cells might have been the perfect excuse to speed up the killings.
     It is not known why Hansheinrich Kummerow and Werner Krauss were among the few who were spared during those terrible five nights……

     After the war, the family was further torn apart by politics. Some of them lived in the part of Berlin that belonged to the German Democratic Republic, the rest in West-Berlin, and the Federal Republic of Germany.
     Hilde and Q’s good name wasn’t completely reinstated for decades in the Western world because they had the “wrong” political reasons in their fight against the Nazis.
     During the Cold War, it was unthinkable to commemorate someone who had believed in the ideals of communism and had worked together with the archenemy, the Soviet Union. This changed only with the reunification of Germany in 1989.
     But it wasn’t until 1995 when a student of political sciences visited my parents’ house to write a bachelor thesis about my grandfather. This was the seed for me to start challenging old beliefs and stoked the desire to learn what really happened.
     Thankfully, my uncle had collected all letters from that era, and I was able to reconstruct much of their lives and their characters from those letters and other material.

My Book Review:

This book grabbed my interest from the very beginning. It starts with the main character, Wilhelm Quedlin known to friends and family as “Q”, being arrested by the Gestapo. At almost the same time, his wife, Hilde, is also arrested. They are separated from their two young children who are allowed to go with family. Much of the story takes place while the two are in prison awaiting the outcome of their trials and legal pleas.

The author liberally used letters written between the characters to move the plot forward. It turns out many of these letters are based on letters actually written by the people on which these characters are based.

This well-written story is based on the lives of the author’s grandparents. What a legacy to leave to their descendants. It leaves me pondering if I or my family members would have the courage to do what her grandparents did and be willing to endure the hardships involved in order to work for what they believed to be best for the future of their country.

This is the third book in a series. You may read my reviews of the first two books, Unrelenting and Unyielding, by clicking on the hyperlinked titles. I definitely recommend reading each of the books in order.
About the Author:

Marion Kummerow was born and raised in Germany, before she set out to "discover the world" and lived in various countries. In 1999 she returned to Germany and settled down in Munich where she's now living with her family.

After dipping her toes with non-fiction books, she finally tackled the project dear to her heart. UNRELENTING, UNYIELDING and UNWAVERING are the story about her grandparents, who belonged to the German resistance and fought against the Nazi regime.

UNWAVERING is a book about resilience, love and the courage to stand up and do the right thing.
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