When I started this book, the word 'Assassination' in
the title referred to the homicide of a powerful military and political individual whose elimination could alter the course of world history.
The word 'Preparations' included the choice of an
assassin, the plans for the actual deed, those involved in
the planning and those who desired that it take place and
The word 'Consequences' included an elaborate
scheme to silence the assassin, and to cover up those
involved in his elimination. The cover-up would initiate
a domino sequence with repercussions that continue up
to the present time.
However, the title could also be applied to the
assassinations that were carried out - by the millions - in
the Nazi Holocaust. The preparations were clearly
documented in the detailed archives of 'Kristallnacht'
and those of the 'Wannsee Conference'.
The consequences included the Nuremberg Trials, in
which the evidence against the assassins, and those guilty
of aiding and abetting the crime, was taken from the very
Nazi archives of which they were so proud.
Then came those who aligned themselves with the
Holocaust Denial, and the neoNazi resurgence was alive
and well across the world.
Finally, when even such mass slaughter of defenceless
noncombatants could be denied, defended or even
ignored, the world was ready for a new wave of terrorism
on a massive scale.
Such documented horrors required an antidote, and
this has been provided in the book by the personal stories
of a retired surgeon and his wife. These are stories of
determination and happiness in facing the varied
challenges of daily life.