The Breslau Revolution
Date of Award
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
Germany; Hawkins; Novel; World War II
The Breslau Revolution, a work-in-progress novel set in Nazi Germany, depicts a young man wrestling with moral issues and overcoming physical dangers. Like many German boys, Erik Bauer grows up as an indoctrinated member of the Hitler Youth. While fighting for the German Wehrmacht in Russia, he is ordered to murder civilians, causing him to reject all he has been taught about the master race. Eventually, Bauer is captured and sent to a Colorado POW camp where ruthless Nazis prisoners punish non-believers. Learning his parents are being hunted in Breslau by his old friend, a Gestapo assassin, he attempts to escape and return to Germany to save them.
Hawkins, Robert, "The Breslau Revolution" (2009). Arts and Culture. 17.