As of to day, September 22, 2013, I finished 7 chapters. We are still not sure about the title because the title should indicate what the book is about.
Not that easy to do when you consider that the book will not only follow “Karl” from 1940 to the end of 1944, it will also describe the educational methods.
The schools in Berlin had to double up and triple up the number of students per class. Female teachers (some of them wearing lipstick) (and you have no idea what that meant in 1942 ) were introduced in all boys schools. Shortage of teachers and facilities caused the introduction of a morning shift and an afternoon shift. To even it out the classes rotated every week.
The mandatory Junkvolk demanded two afternoon sessions each week. Some parents embraced it, others not.
The list goes on and on and I am trying to write the book without sounding boring. But these details are important because in one of the reviews of Loyal to a degree, a reviewer opinionated that “Karl” might have been “cleaned up”. Well, it cannot be denied that there was a highly concentrated effort by the Nazis to instill the Nazi doctrine into the minds of the children. It worked to their advantage that the children at that time were products of the Prussian upbringing, meaning unquestionable obedience. But not all of us were numbed by it. Some of us had grandparents which were also influential on our developing minds.
Anyhow, I am getting ahead of myself. All I wanted to say was that I am still thinking about the title.
If I don’t experience too many interruptions, I hope to have the book published during the month of October.
In the meantime I like to thank my readers who bought “Trust to a degree”. I hope that you are enjoying it.
Don’t hesitate, if you have any questions about it, to leave a comment.