Hitler Was German, End of Story.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the process of writing “The Furred Reich,” it’s that a lot of people get nasty and triggered when someone really digs into Third Reich Germany. Even though I’m just writing a furry fantasy fiction novel, a very large number of people freak out and lose their shit on various fan platforms. Their meltdowns have precious little to do with reality, and I’m often demanded to explain various things, most of them ridiculous fantasies mixed with about a dozen different empty platitudes which are complete non-sequiturs when it comes to my book series.

One of which is the ever-annoying “Hitler was Austrian” line, as if it has any real significance. Usually it’s people from English-speaking countries, as those from continental Europe frankly know a little better than to think Austrian and German are mutually exclusive. They are not.

Yes, Hitler was Austrian, but he was also German because German is not merely a geography, but also is a people. This is where a lot of English-speakers really jump into unfamiliar waters, because most really aren’t familiar with the history of Germans.

I don’t mind that people are ignorant about Germans, but I do mind when ignoramuses act as if they actually know something.

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Who is attacking us? Oh, nobody in particular.

Britain, and the United States, for example, were an idea before they were a country. Both of them were ultimately formed by men sitting down at a table, drawing up a map and declaring all those who lived there to be Britons or Americans. The same goes for Canada, New Zealand, Australia and many other countries.

Unlike the US and Britain, when Germany was created in the 1850s, it had a people of its namesake that had already been around for quite some time. The concept of Germany was a state created for those people. It’s even apparent in the name.

The German people are ancient, the German state is not. Germans, therefore, are not necessarily defined by a national boundary but also belong to an actual distinct people, with a distinct culture and a distinct language.

I can’t stress enough how much English-speaking people miss this, although it’s hard to blame them, because today’s Germans aren’t exactly open in talking about this subject. Nevertheless, a good bit of ignorance can be cured by honesty here.

So let’s go back in time to about 300 AD, a full 1,500+ years before Germany as a state even existed. Yet, if you were to ask any Roman general who the Germans were, they’d tell you that it was a distinct collection of tribes to the east of Gaul. One of those ‘Germanic’ tribes went on to settle in what we know today as Austria.

Or what about the Renaissance time?

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Germans, Germans anyone?

There was no ‘Germany’ in 1500s Europe, either. In reality, there never had been a Germany at this point, but yet, Germans were readily discernable by a distinct language, culture and folk likes. Whether one lived in Prussia, Mecklenburg, the Holy Roman Empire or the Kingdom of Austria, one was still part of the German language, culture and German people. That was just as true then as it was in Hitler’s time.

From an historical context, and that’s the only context you can have, Hitler was Austrian, but he was part of the German people as well. After all, why else would Germans today feel so compelled to “take responsibility for Hitler?” It’s because he was one of them and they know it. Ignorance by English-speakers who fail to grasp this concept is unfortunate, but most of the blame for this misconception falls on Germans today who try to downplay and obfuscate their own history to outsiders. But I say facts first, feelings second, if ever.

“Lightning And The Sun”

Hello! I just want to thank all my watchers again. It’s been a difficult last few weeks with me losing my old account on Fur Affinity. The admins of Fur Affinity and several other big ‘Furry’ sites do not want my business, continue to deny me ad space and selectively enforce the rules against me because they would rather you not be exposed to my story. Despite all that, my watchers are still here, and I appreciate and recognize that as significant.

So, the sequel has begun in earnest. I have tentatively called it “Lightning and the Sun.” There is a deeper meaning to that which relates to the characters and subject matter. Kudos to you if you know what it is.

Last weekend I finished chapter 3 of the story. I may want to write some more on ch 3 because I am deliberating whether to add an erotic scene. Right now I’m leaning toward yes. I will continue writing more chapters next weekend, and typing it out to see how it works.

I’ve been rebuilding my ‘development budget’ over the last few months, and I predict that I will be able to start ordering art again fairly soon. I’m going to try putting those funds to making a ‘world map,’ although I am open to other things too. We’ll see how it goes.

Ads to appear on Amazon!

Well, I just want to say, it’s been a long road getting my advertisements up somewhere. Unfortunately it won’t be any advertisements on a Furry site. As with so many other efforts I’ve had within the furry community, the various gatekeepers REALLY don’t like my story concept. I’ve been turned down for advertisements by a well-known porno site. I re-did the ad for them but they never got back to me. Another furry platform simply never responded to my offer. You might guess which website that is. *Cough*

I’ve also recently received a “warning” from a well-known forum for breaking their rule of not showing anything political. Even though the moderator admitted that I wasn’t showing anything political, my avatar ‘might lead people to believe’ that I am. Indeed a very loose application of the rules. Meanwhile, there are open Communists on that board flashing signature images and avatars, blatantly violating said rule, and moderators do nothing.

Sad, but true. I still love the Furries in general, though. Well, I *AM* one, and I know for a fact that these control-freaks do not represent the majority of people here. I’ve been around more than long enough to know the distance between the gatekeepers and the grassroots. While these gatekeepers crow to the rooftops about the virtues of “openness,” to the point of allowing gore, snuff, smut and any fetish one can find under the sun, apparently when someone writes a story that makes the warriors of another side of a war that was fought 80 years ago actually look like human beings, the concept of “community standards” appears out of nowhere.

It’s fine, but alas I have run out of options and must go outside of the Furry community to do my outreach.

I’ve made the decision to bid to place my Amazon ads in the ‘Alt History’ genre, specifically next to Harry Turtledove books, whose style has influenced me greatly in The Furred Reich. In the meantime, of course, I continue my presence here on Fur Affinity and in other similar places, getting the word out about my series the old-fashioned way.

There’s an old saying; you only catch flak when you’re flying over the target.

The Furred Reich

Battle of Kursk, 1943. A young German Wehrmacht conscript and his Kompanie are pinned into a factory. Just before his life is to end he finds himself awake in a very strange world where animals talk and walk on two. Knowing only terrifying and confusing battles for two years, Hans is elated to be taken out of the colossal struggle which consumed him.

However, Hans’ past follows him even into this world, and he soon finds that he is not alone. In this wild new land Hans must confront the dangers that await him and the reality of the cause he once served.

The Furred Reich is now available on Amazon via the Kindle app. Click here to get a copy!

My Meeting With The American Who Helped Hermann Goering

If you’ve picked up a copy of The Furred Reich, you’ll remember Tex Wheelis, an important character in the latter part of my novel. Just last week I found myself in the vicinity of Tex’s hometown. It was a ways off the Interstate, but I’d been wanting to visit Tex for a long time, and see his hometown. Even though I had a very long drive home ahead of me, I took a 20 mile detour east of Waco and onto the state highways of nearby McLennan County.

As I got away from Waco, I passed by mostly flat farmland and scattered forests into a little town called Mart. Today, Mart is pretty easy to get to. Back in the days Tex was growing up, however, Mart must have been an isolated place. I was greeted by a weathered sign that read something like “Welcome to Mart, where good living is a tradition.”

Like so many small Texas towns, this was a speed trap. And already I saw a police cruiser pulling over a young Mexican guy driving through town. By the time I reached 30 mph, I was in downtown Mart. The tallest building was the feed store, and just by looking at the buildings I could tell most of them were built in the 30s and 40s; around the time Tex was alive. Most of the buildings were shuttered, boarded and closed up and the street itself was devoid of people. Mart had seen better days.

I turned off Texas Avenue in search for Wheelis’ final resting spot, Mart Cemetery. The residential roads were barely intact, and the shocks of my Honda Civic were slammed several times as its wheels fell into potholes as I did my best to tread through the gravel. Some black kids were playing volleyball in the front yard. I would have stepped out to ask for directions, but I already knew the cemetery was nearby.

Mart Cemetery stopped burying people over 30 years ago. An expanse of gravestones and markers loomed out to the distance. No one was in the office. I had my work cut out for me if I wanted to find Tex Wheelis. I parked in the far corner of the cemetery, the one closest to the expansive football field by the high school. I went through each row, one by one, looking at each family name. Mostly English-sounding, but with a good number of German and Irish names too. I was about to give up when I started finding WWII veterans, and felt like I was getting warmer. It took me about thirty minutes before I found the Wheelis grave stone, and frankly, even then I was lucky. I could feel my excitement. It was an honor to finally meet Tex, even though Tex himself was long gone.

But what’s special Tex Wheelis? Why did I even pick him as a character in The Furred Reich?

Well, if only Mart knew one of its own was ‘responsible’ for helping Hitler’s second in command escape ‘justice’ at the Nuremberg Trials. Because, in fact, Tex Wheelis did just that. And from everything I could see, either nobody in Mart was aware, or it was something the town doesn’t want to talk about. I suspect it’s the former and not the latter. Tex Wheelis’ grave is similar to those of other WWII veterans buried in Mart Cemetery.

 

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In my story, Tex was an American prisoner of Jochen Peiper’s unit after they arrived in the furry world. I made Tex out to be an outgoing person who would give a man the shirt off his back if he needed it, and didn’t harbor any prejudices toward Germans. From all the research I’ve done on Tex, I am convinced that is the kind of person he was. In The Furred Reich, Tex helps my main character, Hans Hepner, out of a bind, even though Tex was risking his life for someone he didn’t really know. Once again, I am convinced that Tex Wheelis would have really done that if given the opportunity. I say this because, in fact, in our world Tex was given a similar opportunity with the Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering, and he took it.

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Goering and Tex

In our world, Tex Wheelis was a prison guard during the Nuremberg Trials. He became an officer, who rose up through the ranks of the army, not through officer’s school. According to many who knew him, Tex was an outgoing, charismatic guy who easily took to new people. He was also known by some to be rowdy and unconventional. Wheelis often ‘fraternized’ with those of lower rank. We know for sure that Hermann Goering took a liking to Tex Wheelis, probably because they shared interests in hunting.

Most historians agree that Tex Wheelis was the one who gave Goering the cyanide pill which allowed him to escape the gallows of Nuremberg. The Army subsequently whitewashed the investigation to save face, allowing Tex Wheelis to live a quiet rest of his life. Some believe that Goering bribed Wheelis, but in fact, the tireless research efforts of a fellow named Ben Swearingen confirm that Goering’s ‘gifts’ to Wheelis were unconditional. Wheelis did what he did for some other reason.

In his book, ‘The Mystery of the Suicide of Hermann Goering,’ Swearingen speculates that Wheelis came under Goering’s spell, and that Wheelils naively helped the Reichsmarschall. I don’t believe that’s true. Wheelis knew who Goering was, and, very long story short, I choose to believe that Wheelis helped Goering for the most obvious reason; because Wheelis, like so many people, realized that the Nuremberg Trials were a farsical mockery of justice, that the ‘International Law’ employed was arbitrary and never used before (or again, for that matter), and that Hermann Goering did not deserve to hang.

I don’t know this for sure, because Tex didn’t leave any hints as to his reasoning. But Americans back then had a much greater sense of justice than they do now, and they were far less brainwashed. The charges against Goering were mostly without substance, and the charges which had substance had flimsy evidence. They were conspiracy to ‘wage aggressive war,’ ‘war crimes’ from plundering works of art, ‘war crimes’ for participating in Nacht und Nebel, “torture” of prisoners of war, and finally the murder of 5.75 million Jews.

Not to re-live the entire trial, but most of these charges were not true. Goering argued, quite convincingly, that he had nothing to do with the murder of Jewish civilians, as he was only in charge of the Luftwaffe and the economy. While he signed a document calling for a “final solution,” to Jews in Europe, that did not necessarily mean liquidation of Jews. It was later proved that Goering ‘knew about’ the liquidation of Hungarian Jews, but he was not a part of it. Knowing about atrocities and doing nothing, however appalling you might think it is, is no violation of any law in the German or Anglo-American tradition.

Nacht und Nebel was a plan to abduct partisans and resisters in occupied territories. According to the Geneva Convention, it is illegal to attack occupying soldiers as a declared noncombatant, and in fact no Allied power gave ‘due process’ to partisans either. Goering only committed a “crime” in the sense of arbitrary “international law,” which was selectively enforced by the victors.

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Sure, Goering plundered art, but theft is not worthy of the death penalty according to German, British or American law.

Goering did sign off on the murder of 50 British airmen who were kept prisoner at Stalag Luft. That might have been Goering’s only crime he was actually guilty of, but the circumstances around it were questionable. The airmen who were executed had escaped from their well-kept prison three times. The last time, the Luftwaffe warned the British airmen that the SS would get involved next time an escape happened, and that the consequences would therefore be more serious. They were warned not to, and the airmen did so anyway. It’s not a violation of Geneva or The Hague to kill escapees, as escapees are no longer ‘surrendered.’ However, the airmen were not killed as escapees, but had been recaptured. Hitler himself signed off on the executions. If we are to believe Goering’s testimony, Goering tried to stop the executions, and was successful in getting the number reduced from 100 to just 50. Given the circumstances and the context of atrocities which occurred on all sides during the war, holding Goering accountable for Stalag Luft might have been technically right, but it was rather punitive.

All other charges, including ‘waging aggressive war,’ were not a violation of German law, or even centuries of British or American jurisprudence. Those charges were based on arbitrarily-enforced “international law,” which each of the victorious countries violated from time to time, and continued to do so with impunity.

I think Tex Wheelis realized all that and acted accordingly. For those who continue to buy the propaganda, and that’s most people, Wheelis’ act was ‘shameful,’ or even ‘treasonous,’ and so they tend to view Wheelis’ alleged act in a negative light. I know Ben Swearingen saw things in that lens. I don’t, however, because as someone who is German on both sides and had quite a few relatives on the German side of WWII, I could never afford to believe the propaganda without second thought. I’d like to think that Tex Wheelis didn’t either.

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Soldiers and statesmen don’t deserve to die a dishonorable death. Hermann Goering was a war hero and fighter ace from the First World War. He was a larger than life personality for many Germans after 1939. Later on he became a drug addict. After Hitler’s and Himmler’s death, Goering was the highest-ranking official remaining from deposed regime. Allowing Goering to die an honorable death by cyanide meant more than just a person. Goering was an analogue for all Germany, and in allowing the Reichsmarschall to die honorably, Tex Wheelis allowed Germany to at least be defeated honorably.

That is no small thing. Much larger than what the people of Mart, or even Wheelis himself, probably realized.

By then it was getting dark outside. I had many hours of travel ahead of me and was already well behind schedule thanks to this detour. So I bid farewell to Tex Wheelis, sat down at the Dairy Queen in downtown Mart for dinner, and went on my way.

Putting Pencil to Paper

Today I finally put pen to paper and began work on a sequel. I’m pretty happy with the amount of interest in The Furred Reich. I have no earthly idea when my story will be finished. In fact, I don’t even yet know HOW it will finish. My experience is that the story kind of writes itself as it goes on.

Here’s what I know and can tell you: I’m introducing one new character. And in the first portion of the book I will focus a lot on Peiper and Hans. Early parts of the second story will include lots of world building.

Oh, and if you haven’t gotten a copy of The Furred Reich yet, you definitely should! It’s now on Amazon!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E9MUSME

Edition 2, What’s Next, and notes about reorganizing

Hello!

Well, I’ve been up to some stuff. Edition 2.0 of The Furred Reich should be up and live within a couple hours. There are no huge changes, just a new cover page and a little epilogue which should give a hint as to what is coming next.

Also, I wiped my commission slate clean. There was a piece I had ordered months ago to build up interest in the book before it was released. Well, now the book is released and I need to focus my limited budget on other things. So I cancelled the order and will probably not be ordering anything from that artist going forward. It took too damn long and who knows how long it would have ultimately taken.

It’s going to be awhile before I can commission anything else. My funds have been tapped from formatting costs and finding the right cover image. However, I’m now free to direct my entire budget to some very new things that I think will give The Furred Reich some new dimensions.

Oh, and finally, I’ve decided to start writing the next installment of this story. I’m about to brainstorm on it and start putting up the scaffolding of what I want to happen, although I have a basic idea.

If you haven’t gotten the original story yet, you can still find it here:

Another update on The Furred Reich

Hello!

So, yesterday I got my fully formatted e-book from the service I went with. I’ve yet to review it, but I’m sure it will be ready very soon. Thank you again for following me for so long. I realize this book has been finished a bit later than I thought. The Furred Reich ebook will be out on Amazon within days.

In the coming months, I am going to focus my development budget on raising awareness of this story. I’ll be making a brand new website (the blog will still be there) and also working on some banner ads. I don’t think enough people know about this story, and so that will be my primary effort in the coming months, both financially and in my spare time.

Unfortunately that means less art. I don’t have a big budget for this endeavor, and so I must be thrifty and focus only on the avenues which offer the greatest impact. I still have one piece outstanding with a trusted artist. I expect that to be done soon. I have another piece with a different artist who I am trying out for the first time. I ordered it months ago and he’s yet to start on it. I’m doubtful about the prospects of that piece, and I may just flat out cancel it and terminate my relationship. Good help has been hard to find. And sadly, that’s another reason I’m focusing more on the advertising efforts.

So, expect the book to be out within days. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I will be offering a substantial discount to all my followers, and it will come in the form of ‘pre market’ pricing. It will be quite cheap, trust me. 🙂

Book formatting underway…

Well, The Furred Reich is a couple months behind schedule, and for that I apologize. The process of rewriting took longer than I thought, finding a professional copy editor was fraught with difficulties, and formatting is way out of my league. But that’s all done now. I sent my finished manuscript to a professional ebook formatting company, and they are going to do the last work for me. It was costly, but was worth saving myself from learning HTML and making a lot of mistakes.

So, probably within the next week or two, you can expect The Furred Reich to be published on Amazon and available for Kindle. I know you probably don’t want to even think about sequels and short-story sides, but I have already begun working on some of those.

I will NOT be advertising this book until you, my subscribers, have gotten a chance to pick the story up at a uniquely low price. I think you’ll really enjoy this story. History buffs will recognize several characters. And while this is a ‘furry’ story, I do solve one of the ‘mysteries’ of World War II as part of the storyline, as I did extensive research into several real people to make this all happen.

If you’re reading this site for the first time and are interested in this book, you can get the book at a discounted price, too. Just bookmark me on FurAffinity, as that is where I will make the big announcement and provide the right links.

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/thefurredreich/