I have always been partial to historical fiction, mainly because I love to learn about the past. I believe you can’t know where you’re going unless you take a look at the past. And for the horrific times of the past, it’s good to know and study it so that you will know if history is repeating itself.
While Mortals Sleep, is the first in the Songs in the Night series by author Jack Cavanaugh. It is a series set from the late 30’s to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Star Character Pastor Schumacher wants to change the lives of the youth in his church during the dark shadows of Hitler’s Germany. Most of the children are sympathetic to the Nazi movement, but few have a passion yet to be unveiled to fight against the infamous Third Reich.
Jack Cavanaugh is a unique and impressive author. I’ve read a few of his novels and each one has left a “book fingerprint” on me. The Songs in the Night series dives deep into the horrors of the mass murders of eugenics. Many people only remember how over six million Jews were murdered; but millions of German (non-Jewish) citizens were euthanized by the hands of the Nazis who dubbed them “untermenschen” (English translation: subhuman). Jack Cavanaugh’s While Mortals Sleep captures how gruesome the Germans were to not only the Jews, but to their own German people.
If you haven’t picked up Jack Cavanaugh’s While Mortals Sleep I hope after reading this you will and it will leave its own “book fingerprint” on you.