In his new novel, Frank Sanello vividly recreates the Third Reich and World War II as seen through the eyes and daily diary of Hitler's imaginary wife, Countess Christina Bernadotte (1916-1948). The granddaughter of the king of Sweden, the countess is forced at the age of 16 to marry the 43-year-old Nazi dictator by her socially ambitious and abusive mother, an heiress to the Vanderbilt fortune. Her husband, strung out on morphine and cocaine, makes revolting sexual demands on his virginal wife involving coprophilia, a fetish that eroticizes feces. Lonely and isolated, Frau Hitler throws herself into a series of transient love affairs with the Third Reich’s handsome foreign minister, the corrupt Joachim von Ribbentrop, Cary Grant, and Ernst Röhm, leader of the SA (Storm Troopers). Because of her many romantic liaisons, she doesn’t know the identity of the father of her son, Folke, except that he’s not her husband’s. As the Holocaust claims more victims, Christina begins smuggling Jews out of Germany right under her drug-addled husband’s nose. During the war, she travels to Auschwitz to rescue Jewish friends and bribes the Gestapo to allow other Jews to flee Nazi Germany. With her uncle, Count Folke Bernadotte, she helps organize the White Buses operation, a dangerous mission that transports 30,000 Jews and POWs to safety in Sweden aboard Red Cross buses painted white to avoid bombing the Allies or the Luftwaffe. As First Lady of the Reich, she meets or corresponds with various historical figures such as Sigmund Freud, Pope Pius XII and MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. Toward the end of the war, as she tries to flee home to Sweden with her son and adopted daughter, her arch-nemesis, Hermann Göring, Hitler’s second in command and pedophile, forces her to choose one of her children to leave behind with him. The choice haunts the countess until tragedy intervenes during her work as UN mediator between warring Palestinian Jews and Arabs in 1948. These dramatic events are recorded in her daily diary, which her grandson finds hidden in a Holocaust memorial library and publishes as The Autobiography of Frau Adolf Hitler.
Frank gives an overview of the book:
The Novel's Premise
Discredited Pentagon scientist Hugh Everett’s is now getting the respect he never got in his sad, alcoholic lifetime.
The Princeton-educated physicist (1930-1982) theorized that an infinite number of similar but not identical parallel universes exist.
Our avatars or doppelgängers may or may not inhabit what Everett called “multiple worlds.”
He also theorized that these worlds might intersect or collide, possibly via a black hole. Black holes may also offer a portal for time and space travel.
A recent cable TV documentary about the Stanford Research Center reported that experiments based on Everett’s theory are ongoing there.
In experiments at Stanford, classically-trained musicians perform amazing feats of telepathy and other inexplicable miracles. Electrodes attached to the musicians’ brain show activity distinct from the brains of non-musicians.
Russell Targ was one of two physicists who conducted telepathic espionage experiments for the CIA at the Stanford Research Center in Palo Alto California.
Targ says that at least once in our life time we are able to look into the future. Scientists call that a precognitive experience, also known as clairvoyance.
Classically trained musicians, according to Stanford researchers, have frequent telepathic or other paranormal experiences.
In The Autobiography of Frau Adolf Hitler, I've created one of Hugh Everett's parallel universes in which the Nazi dictator marries and torments a beautiful Swedish countess, Christina Bernadotte.
Against a background of actual events, the fictional Countess Bernadotte rescues thousands of Jews right under her drug-addled husband's nose. She also manages to interact with such diverse historical figures as Freud, and Coco Chanel.
As the Eleanor Roosevelt of the Third Reich, the photogenic wife of Adolf Hitler becomes an international icon. The novel’s richly imagined world has led some readers to ask if Frau Hitler were an actual figure they had somehow missed in college history class!
After the war, Countess Bernadotte reluctantly writes her painful memoirs at the request of her “Bernadottejuden” or “Bernadotte’s Jews” -- Holocaust victims she has rescued.
Her humanitarian work is similar to the efforts of the real-life Oskar Schindler, who was fictionalized in the film Schindler’s List. Like Countess Bernadotte’s eponymous Jews, the people on Schindler’s list called themselves “Schindlerjuden” in honor of their rescuer.
A great-granddaughter of the king of Sweden in this parallel universe, the countess is forced by her politically ambitious mother to marry Hitler at the age of 16.
The chapter describing the teenager's wedding night at Berchtesgaden is as terrifying as it seems real. Countess Bernadotte’s fate which climaxes the novel is even more horrific and proves Dorothy Parker’s quip that no good deed goes unpunished.
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