ONE LIFE. TWO HEROIC ACTS, HALF A CENTURY APART. Otto Eisinger, an elderly German emigre living alone in Brazil, attempts to thwart a pair of armed robbers and is savagely beaten. While he is convalescing in hospital, the media get hold of the CCTV footage and the old man unknowingly becomes a national hero. Otto is visited in the ward by his housekeeper's grandson, Pietro, a young journalist eager to understand the source of his extraordinary bravery. In a morphine-induced haze, and prompted by the uncanny resemblance between Pietro and Siggi, his closest friend in the Hitler Youth, Otto begins to relive memories that he has spent a lifetime suppressing -- and whose meaning he has still not fully understood. To Greet the Sun offers a compelling, psychologically nuanced portrait of a man born in Germany in 1929 -- a man whose childhood was spent in the suffocating embrace of the Nazi regime, and who, aged fifteen, was willing to risk his life to defend the Fuhrer. It is a story of kindness and courage as well as of guilt, and of an unlikely friendship that bridges continents and generations.
Used availability for Claus von Bohlen's To Greet the Sun
June 2011 : UK Paperback
February 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition