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The Jewish Nazi

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A captivating tale that, though some may think far-fetched, I greatly enjoyed. Sometimes too factual, but full of many jaw-dropping moments.

Synopsis

Benjamin Bauman, a contemporary Jewish surgeon, is blinded by a flash of light while driving his car. When the light subsides, he gathers himself and discovers he is now driving another car in another time period. He panics, blacks out and crashes the vehicle.

When he awakens he finds himself in a Berlin hospital in Nazi Germany. To the people around him Ben is Karl Schroder, Chief Surgeon of that same hospital. Among a multitude of surprises, Ben now speaks fluent German.

From the German perspective Ben’s new language is American English, a language Karl did not speak. This miraculous infusion intrigues members of Hitler's inner circle and brings Ben face to face with the likes of Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler and the famed American broadcaster and author, William L. Shirer.

Ben’s initial goal was to return to the present. Yet as time passes he feels he was propelled into the past for an unknown mission. If so, what will his mission be? Is he there to kill Hitler, warn the Allies of a looming world war, the Jews of the impending holocaust, or is it something more benign, like discovering the meaning of true love?

A captivating tale that, though to some may seem far-fetched, I greatly enjoyed. The author takes the reader on a journey through Nazi Germany as we follow the life of a Jewish doctor who has crashed back through time and landed in a foreign body, a Nazi doctor. After initially striving to get back to his safe life in 2019 Florida, soon with the help of his love interest he rapidly settles into his new ‘life’ and goes about finding why he has been ‘put’ in his idea of hell.


The Jewish Nazi had me hooked from very early on, following a storyline plentiful with unexpected turns that at times made my jaw sink. However, I found there to be an uneven balance between fact and fiction. Sometimes it felt like I was reading a history textbook rather than a fictitious novel, which made me lose interest quickly. In any case, this does not take away from the content of the story which was exciting enough to get me through the dull parts. The author often opts to use very intellectual words which made it hard to follow as I was spending more time googling definitions than I was reading the book. It feels as though the author is trying too hard to inject his fountains of knowledge into his creation, but he should trust that the quality of his storyline is entertaining enough without the fancy words, because it certainly was.


The majority of books focusing on this infamous time period are often biographical or at least based on true events, whereas The Jewish Nazi, obviously, was not. But aside from the time travel element it certainly felt like it could have been, especially as it follows the structure of journal entries. This, I believe, is a credit to the author as he effortlessly transported me to a time that, through all his detail and description, felt as though he lived through himself.


I would recommend this book to people with an open mind and who enjoy time-travel novels. If I look past the ‘educational’ side, the story was exciting, intriguing, shocking and one of those books that you just can’t put down, completely worthy of its four-star rating. However, for those more sceptical of stories involving such wildly impossible events, I would suggest giving this a miss as you may find it too far-fetched and ‘coincidental’ to enjoy.


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Synopsis

Benjamin Bauman, a contemporary Jewish surgeon, is blinded by a flash of light while driving his car. When the light subsides, he gathers himself and discovers he is now driving another car in another time period. He panics, blacks out and crashes the vehicle.

When he awakens he finds himself in a Berlin hospital in Nazi Germany. To the people around him Ben is Karl Schroder, Chief Surgeon of that same hospital. Among a multitude of surprises, Ben now speaks fluent German.

From the German perspective Ben’s new language is American English, a language Karl did not speak. This miraculous infusion intrigues members of Hitler's inner circle and brings Ben face to face with the likes of Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler and the famed American broadcaster and author, William L. Shirer.

Ben’s initial goal was to return to the present. Yet as time passes he feels he was propelled into the past for an unknown mission. If so, what will his mission be? Is he there to kill Hitler, warn the Allies of a looming world war, the Jews of the impending holocaust, or is it something more benign, like discovering the meaning of true love?

Journal Entry One-August 4, 1939

It all began with the car radio. 

 

My name is Benjamin Bauman and I was an orthopedic surgeon in Tampa, Florida. That was then. The now has me stuck, playing a character in a past reality, and I can’t get home. I’m still hopelessly clinging to the last vestiges of this being a nightmare, but its accompanying imagery is far too real. 

 

I began compiling notes for this journal in a Berlin hotel room, hoping somehow, some way, my story would survive and find its way into the hands of the people I love—or someone who might find believability in a tale that most would perceive as little more than the insane ramblings of a Hitler minion. Most likely, I’ll be dead when or if that happens, but at least I’ll die with the faint hope that my family might discover what happened the morning I went missing. With death a distinct possibility, I will embrace candor when describing my feelings, both then and now. This journal will include no sugarcoating, only my version of the truth—a truth blended with decency and despicability. For I have partaken in both. 

 

Without question, if this document were discovered I would be accused of treason. Conviction and punishment would be swift. I’d be brutally tortured to the brink of consciousness and mercifully put to death by a bullet or rope. I say ‘mercifully,’ as I fathom a torture that will leave me begging to die.   


After death, some fear they will be sent to hell. Others believe there is no spiritual hell, only hell on earth. Fortunately, I’ve yet to acquire firsthand knowledge of life after death, but I can confirm without question that there is a hell on earth. My evidence to that account is simple. A short time ago, I became its newest resident. 

 

All journal entries will be written in English, my native tongue before, but now deemed my second language since my “relocation.” Recollected conversations will be in paraphrased quotes. By attempting to bring my interlocutors to life, I’ll be seeking to choreograph a reality from the unreal and a possible from the impossible. 


Despite my surroundings, I have been able to extrapolate some good from this virulent reality. I also believe that if that good had not presentenced itself with expeditious availability, I most assuredly would be dead by now. I may have been sent to hell, but I was granted a slice of heaven.

 

After being propelled here against my will, I became aware of my plight for mere seconds before I was knocked unconscious. When I awoke, I was informed I was a high-ranking chief surgeon and Chief of Staff in Germany’s most “prestigious” hospital. I occupied a position I knew nothing about in a place where I knew nobody, yet everybody knew me. My early survival was buttressed by adaptation and luck. My current survival requires the same foundation.


As one would expect from a trip to hell, I found myself in a world filled with lies, hate and enigmas. Potential enemies were everywhere, continuously jousting for a chance to gain favor with this hell’s Satan, a Satan so vile that he will be held responsible for the death of millions of innocent people, including six million of my own kind. 


In my old life those deaths took place many years ago. In my new life they have yet to occur. This journal is a sprinkle of the old with a detailed account of my new life… as a Jewish Nazi in a regime known as The Third Reich.

About the author

John Vocale's writings include three novels, Don’t Get Mad-The Ins and Outs of Getting Even as An Entry Level Assassin, A Tale of Two Times and The Jewish Nazi. He lives in Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Debra. view profile

Published on April 07, 2020

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