Hitler’s Escape by C. A. Hewitson is a short story about (see title). This short story attracted me because I am a baby boomer born in Germany who migrated to the US a couple of years after my birth with my German mother. Guess what a common question for my mother was? I was fascinated by the number of different answers she would give about her take on the fate of Hitler. Reason one. Also, this short story was free on Amazon, free for purchase, not KU. Reason two. More importantly, I discovered C. A. Hewitson, a writer of short stories, many of which are free. On her Amazon author page, there are 12 short stories listed. Only one costs USD 1.99, but it is also available for free. Reason three. AND they are short stories; they should promote reading. Reason four.
The imagined story goes like this: Hitler escaped to Argentina with wife Eva in a submarine. Meanwhile, in Berlin, there was a suicide of Hitler, an assigned double. Not a lot of career opportunities in being a double for a dictator. In the beginning life in Argentina with Eva was good. But they were in hiding and Eva didn’t like not being able to contact her family. Doctors had diagnosed Hitler with Parkinson’s back in Germany before the end of the war. Now in Argentina, the steadily advancing disease made Hitler useless as a husband to Eva. She left him to live with a boyfriend who competed as a boxer, a Black man.
Hitler needed a caregiver and a doctor soon arrived. Doctor Kruger had involuntarily worked in a death camp under Hitler. His boss was Dr. Mengele. When Kruger decided not to carry out some of the Mengele experiments, he lost fingers. Under the threat of losing more body parts, Kruger complied and performed the experiments on twin children. He had been seeking Hitler since the war ended and he was now going to show Hitler the details of the experiments by replicating them on Hitler.
But that is not the end of the revenge story. For that, readers will have to read the story of Dr. Albert Hoffman. I won’t describe that doctor’s specialty. It would be a spoiler. Amazon categorized this book as children’s non-fiction and suitable for the age range of 11-18. I do not think the details of experiments that copied Dr. Mengele are suited for or can be appreciated by, an eleven-year-old. I won’t accept an argument that viewers of the Walking Dead can see images equally horrifying. The Holocaust, the ovens, Dr. Mengele, all of these are a reality. The inability to differentiate between unreality and the horrors that can attend reality is a contributing factor to the rise of dictators and pretend monarchs today.
I liked this short story and look forward to the two anthologies which incorporate ten singles also published by this author. This short story is not in the anthologies. I gave this story four plus Amazon stars.