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The Mystery of Frankenberg’s Canadian Airman

   PETER HESSEL’S book, "The Mystery of Frankenberg’s Canadian Airman" will be published in March 2007 by Sax-Verlag in Leipzig, under the title "Das Rätsel um den kanadischen Flieger".

The book will be launched at the Leipzig Book Fair on March 22, 2007, and the author will be in Germany to promote the book for 3 weeks.

The German book has already been nominated for the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize (Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse) in the category of non-fiction.

The book deals with the mysterious murder of a young RCAF officer in Germany after the saturation bombing of Chemnitz (Saxony) at the end of World War II. The victim had been buried without identification, and the cold case was filed away and forgotten by Canadian authorities. The author investigated and solved the murder on his own initiative. He also meticulously documented the background of this Bomber Command attack by 760 heavy bombers, 195 of which were Canadian. In addition to over 2000 German civilians who perished in the firestorm caused by the raid, 90 Canadian airmen lost their lives.

The very successful Canadian edition (with a foreword by Desmond Morton) had much positive media attention. It was highly praised and featured by Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, The Halifax Herald, The Canadian Military Journal, the CBC’s Sounds Like Canada and many others.

The German edition is not a straight translation, but an adaptation for German readers. It also includes some fascinating findings which came to light after the Canadian edition was published.

[For information, call Peter Hessel at (613) 623-7820]

More seasoned readers will remember Peter Hessel`s column "Peter’s Point" in Echo Germanica. – The Publisher


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