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The 25th Hour: The story of a double martyrdom

A peasant, named Iohann Moritz, Romanian of origin and nationality, is transformed into a Jew by a German soldier, a Nazi, in the middle of World War II, simply to be with his beautiful wife, Suzana. This in Romania, his homeland after the Nazi invasion.

Maliciously and forcibly separated from his wife, he is transferred from camp to Nazi concentration camp across Europe, which consisted of Hitler’s greed in his lunatic project to control the world and maintain the supremacy of the mentioned Aryan race.

Moritz manages, with other inmates, to escape to Hungary, parents who in that context were less painful for Jews, who were not, where he ends up being detained and tortured for being considered a Romanian spy.

Deported to Germany – a den of Nazism – as a Hungarian “slave”, he continues to suffer mistreatment and forced labor. However, as if luck were smiling at him, in a medical examination, by a Nazi, he is considered a genuine species of the Aryan race.

He was released and went on to work with SS officers, Hitlerian special forces until the end of World War II, away from his mother Susana.

But then, the second season of martyrdom was expected, he was tortured by Russian and American soldiers, from the Triple Alliance, who were fighting Hitler and his allies, because: because he fought alongside the enemy, the Germans, what an irony of fate!

After all, when the dust of war ended and everyone was freed, when he was invited to pose for a photo for posterity, forced to sketch the smile of freedom, Mortiz’s eyes simply flowed with tears.

Moritz and Susana, are characters in the book The 25th Hour, written by the Romanian Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu, who also suffered in prison during World War II, imprisoned by the Americans, never got to be sent to a concentration camp.

After being released from prison in Romania, where he wrote this beautiful and profound literary work, which tells the story of Nazism and the quarrels of World War II.

This work, in which I found out the first editions were released in the 60s, including one in Portuguese in 1965, but later it had so many editions, in Portuguese, that I had the privilege of reading it twice.

Do you want to know more details, read “The 25th Hour”, which I consider the story of a double martyrdom! I recommend!.


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