Otto Eichmann and the Unsung Heroes

One of the things I love researching is high ranking Nazi’s family members.  Don’t stop reading yet.  I have a reason for my love of the relatives of high ranking Nazis.  I think some of these people were the bravest people you will ever hear about.  Unfortunately, you usually only read a line or two about these heroes in the biographies of their infamous relatives.

One of my personal favorites has to be Adolph Eichmann’s brother.  Otto Eichmann’s contributions to society have been deemed less important.  Unlike his older brother, Otto committed suicide with the SS at his door.  The reason?  Otto was uncertain if he could keep quiet under torture as to the names of the members of his cell in the German Underground.

Let me rephrase that.  The man who was behind the deportation of the Jews from most of Europe to extermination camps had a little brother who was part of the German Underground.  Eichmann and Otto were not estranged.  They were as close as Eichmann was with anyone.  They had grown up as friends and brothers.  Otto spent his life working against one of his best friends.  Otto was a leader of the German Underground.  Otto worked to rid Germany of her Jews so the Jews might live, not so the race might be exterminated.  Yet, history remembers his big brother, Adolph Eichmann.

Members of the Underground came from all walks of life.  Perhaps you have heard of a general by the name of Rommel.  Rommel “supposedly” died of wounds received in battle.  Turns out, Rommel was part of Valkyrie.  This great general could not stand by and watch the atrocities of his government.  Yet, to history he died in service of this government.

How many other people died and their deeds have been forgotten to history?  How many members of the Underground were hated by their family for helping the Nazis when in fact they were working against the government?  In The Zeidrich Chronicles, Heidi Lars and her husband (Hans’ parents) are both members of the Underground.  They were both some of the unsung heroes from a side of World War Two we have forgotten.  Maybe people will remember those who history has forgotten through the story of Heidi and her decedents.

(Um, don’t forget to add a comment, or two, or three below.  I like comments.  They make me happy.  Really, they do.)

-Amanda Nicole

P.S. My friend, Rachael, asked me to do another jewelry review.  You can find it on her blog, Sparkly Jewels.  Check it out.  Leave a comment.  Tell Rachael to never let me discuss jewelry again.  Just check it out.

A small sample of the post follows:

What does Romeo have to do with jewelry?  Well nothing, but Juliet has a lot to do with it!  Read on!  Thank you to my wonderful friend for her beautiful review of one of our pieces.  As a shameless plug for a friend, please hop on over to her blog and be sure to follow the makings of an authoress.

It’s Amanda Nicole again.  (Waving!)  Rachael’s friendly, unpaid, buys the jewelry she writes about reviewer.  (Yes, I need to rethink this whole thing.)  I’m also the friend who doesn’t wear jewelry, and doesn’t exactly like jewelry.  Yet, here I am reviewing the jewelry.
Everyone likes new things.  Or, at least so I am told.  Today’s edition is the Juliet Bracelet.  I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to think of Romeo & Juliet when you see this bracelet.  It has four charms and two “pearls.”  Bear with my art critique here.  This piece is a work of art, and what one person sees might not be what another person sees.  Let’s take each of the four charms separately for our critique…

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