Sins of the Fathers

Sins of the Fathers  is the eye-opening novel―based on historical facts―of the efforts of German military leaders, career civil servants, and clergy to solicit England’s assistance to bring down the tyrant in 1938. When Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain refused to meet with them, they turned to Winston Churchill, who secretly supported their cause. Armed with a strongly worded letter from the future prime minister, they waited for Hitler’s telephone call ordering German troops to invade Czechoslovakia―the signal for their uprising. But the call did not come. Instead, Prime Minister Chamberlain went to Hitler’s apartment in Munich only to bow to the dictator’s will. The invasion was over before it began―and with that, so was the coup. Flying home, Chamberlain announced he had obtained “peace for our times.”

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The balance of history – as we know it – hinged on one clarion call. It was September 1938 and high-ranking German military leaders hovered about the phone, waiting for word that would catapult them to end the tyrannical Nazi regime terrorizing Germany for five years. Every element of the coup was covered. Access roads to Berlin would be blocked, the city surrounded. Communication centers seized. A commando squad––sixty handpicked men–– was ready to storm the Chancellery and capture Hitler. The only open question: to try Hitler as a criminal or assassinate him on the spot? Their green light would come the moment Hitler ordered troops to cross into Czechoslovakia.

Sins of the Fathers––the sequel to Wolf about Hitler’s rise to power – tells the dramatic story of the Prime Minster who put his trust in Hitler’s word. In so doing, he saved the Führer’s life and paved the road to World War II.


  • Evil Triumphs when good men do nothing. Echoes of that chilling adage resonate like a drum beat through the pages of this book. Based on real events, documents and letters, Herb Stern and Alan Winter have written a riveting novel, set against the backdrop of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power, the pageantry of the 1936 Olympics, the terror of Kristallnacht, and bring a little known story of resistance to vivid life. Taut, tense and ultimately tragic, “Sins Of The Fathers” shows us what true bravery and valor look like.

    Bill Whitaker, Correspondent CBS 60 Minutes

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"In their well-researched new novel Herbert Stern and Alan Winter follow Nazi Germany in the time leading up to WWII. They masterfully blend their fictious character and events into the top echelons of Nazi Germany, creating both a realistic portrait of the time and an exciting thriller. Their detailed knowledge of Nazi Germany and the resistance against Germany in the German high command and other parts of the German elites is impressive, and the reader of their book emerges not only entertained, but also more knowledgeable about this troubling time for Germany and for the world."

Hans Petter Graver: Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway and former Professor of European Law and, since 2002, at the Department of Private Law.

"Works like SINS OF THE FATHERS combines solid research and creative imagination with accessible prose to set a standard that scholars will appreciate and embrace."

Jeffrey S. Gurock Klaperman, Professor of Jewish history, Yeshiva University