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A Fight in Silence

(Paula und Richard Hellmer #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  23 reviews

Germany, 1926. When Richard and Paula meet in bustling, cosmopolitan Hamburg, everything feels possible. They fall in love, marry and are soon blessed with twins, a beautiful boy and girl. When Richard qualifies as a psychiatrist, life ahead looks bright. Their only sadness is that their son, Georg, was born deaf, although with his family to protect him they’re sure he’ll

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Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published November 15th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Karren  Sandercock
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Amazon UK and Melanie Metzenthin for my digital copy of her book: A Fight In Silence.

Hamburg Germany 1936, Richard Hellmer and Paula Engelhardt meet, both are studying medicine, they fall in love, get engaged and eventually marry. Richard is a psychiatrist and Paula works as a doctor at a children's hospital.
The newlyweds are happy, of course they're concerned by what is happening in Germany, so are their families and friends, they don't agree with the politics, many Germans
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Erin
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Can readers demand a publisher translate an author’s entire backlist? That’s a thing, right? If not, can we make it a thing? 'Cause I need more Melanie Metzenthin in my life.

I know World War II is trending and the market is saturated, but A Fight in Silence not a bandwagon publication. Metzenthin is a German author and her heritage gives the novel a cultural authenticity I’ve not seen from her American peers. She is also a
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Shirley
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fight for the life of my child

A Fight in Silence was a truly remarkable story. Not only is this a story of two young doctors fighting for the life of their son, but for the lives of hundreds of handicapped people . While it appears in history that many of the Nazi doctors went along with the sterilization and ultimately the death of the disabled both physical and mental there were some German doctors that fought to save their lives while risking the lives of themselves and their families to do
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Gerti
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Ich habe es gestern beim Zahnarzt angefangen und bin sehr erfreut, ein gutes, günstiges ebook erwischt zu haben. Das hat man nicht immer bei den Angeboten. Wenn gleich man auch weiß, worauf die Geschichte hinausläuft, ich finde, dass es sehr viel "Zufälle" gibt, bzw. gehäufte Problem im Hinblick auf die Nazizeit, der Stil mir manchmal etwas zu einfach ist, mag man es doch nicht aus der Hand legen und liest mit Interesse, wie wieder einmal Menschen der Propaganda der Nazis zum Opfer fallen und ...more
Rachel
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know that feeling when you find a random book you’ve never seen/heard of before while browsing the shelves in the library, decide to give it a chance and it ends up being a super good read? Well, I’m feeling it now and man does it feel great!

Melanie Metzenthin’s A Fight in Silence (translated by Deborah Rachel Langton) takes us to Germany, where we meet two young doctors Richard and Paula, who meet and fall in love and marry. Though they are blessed with twins, things become challenging when
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Aisling
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Sterne
Anja
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch habe ich von Anfang an geliebt. Es beginnt alles mit dem zarten Kennenlernen von Richard und Paula. Nicht kitschig, sondern für mich ziemlich interessant, weil es ja damals nach dem Krieg doch ganz anders war und man sich ja "anders" kennengelernt und getroffen hat als in der heutigen Zeit. Die Protagonisten waren mir sofort irgendwie vertraut und auch die Familien hinter Richard und Paula waren einzigartig unt interessant.

Schnell entwickeln sich die Charaktere weiter und auch in der
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Peter
Welch großartiges Buch. Glücklicherweise wurde es in einem Leseforum empfohlen, da die anderen Titel der Autorin („Die Sündenheilerin“ etc.) mich eher nicht angezogen hätten. So aber merkt man schon nach wenigen Seiten von „Im Lautlosen“, dass die Autorin eine versierte Geschichtenerzählerin ist. Die besondere Güte dieses Buches beruht auf der Tatsache, dass Melanie Metzenthin als Fachärztin für Psychiatrie tiefes inhaltliches Verständnis der Thematik hat. Dies und eine sorgfältige Recherche ...more
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A Fight In Silence delves into the mentally ill and how they were treated by the Nazis during World War II. The Nazis felt that there was nothing wrong with exterminating life that was unworthy of life. If you had epilepsy, if you were deaf, if you were blind, disfigured in any way, if you suffered any type of physiological issue you were considered unworthy of life. Sterilization programs for the mentally ill were put into place to prevent what were deemed mentally ill people from passing on ...more
Georgina
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Paula and Richard meet in 1926, it seems meant to be. Their love is strong and true, and their joy is soon complete with the birth of twins. But while their daughter is healthy, their son is deaf, and is quickly marked out as undesirable by the increasingly popular Nazi party. Hitler soon seizes power, and the family will soon realise that in times of war the threat is not always the enemy...

‘A fight in silence’ spans nearly two decades, beginning when Paula and Richard first meet in 1926
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Jennifer
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!! It was amazing. Beautifully written (or translated). I loved Paula and Richard. Such loving parents. They not only fought for their children but tried to save many people who ended up in the asylums. I hope the second book is translated, because I want to know what the family is up to after the war. This was a different perspective about WWII and mainly centers around the Germans and what was happening to anyone sent to asylums. The forced sterilization and being killed for ...more
Jana
"Wenn du jemanden durch eine Lüge von einer bösen Tat abhalten kannst, ist das in Ordnung."
Zweiter Weltkrieg, eine kleine Ärztefamilie mit Zwillingen. Der Kleine ist seid Geburt gehörlos. Das Buch ist ein besonderes Buch, unter den vielen historischen Romanen die über den zweiten Weltkrieg handeln. Es zeigt den Werdegang, wie es sich immer mehr zugespitzt hat vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Es zeigt die Front an der innerhalb von Deutschland gekämpft wurde. Zuerst bezüglich der Emanzipation während
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Jayasri KS
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fight in Silence is one of those books that makes you think that every problem has perspectives. This book is told from the German perspective and I should say that it is captivating. It is dreadful enough to know that your country is involved in a war and to add more to the dread the country's sterilizing or euthanizing the persons with disabilities what will you do as a doctor? Of course you will tamper the records. That's what Richard does. And when caught, he's sent to Afruca as an army ...more
Rita
Da mich die Geschichte des 2. Weltkrieges schon immer interessiert hat und ich gerne hierzu fiktive Romane als auch historisch korrekte Bücher lese oder auch Dokumentationen gucke, war dieses Buch perfekt für mich.

Die Liebesgeschichte um Paula und Richard, die Geschichte beider Familien und Freunde, der Beginn des Nationalsozialismus sowie die Aspekte der Euthanasie und der psychiatrischen Komponente sind der Autorin gut gelungen.

Es war interessant darüber zu lesen, wie es Deutschen während des
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Franzipani
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein mitreißender und historisch hoch interessanter Roman.
Er beleuchtet nicht nur das Leben und Leiden der Menschen im 2. Weltkrieg, sondern auch die gezielten Zwangssterilisationen und Morde Behinderter durch die Nazis.
Die Hauptcharaktere sind passend gewählt und unterstreichen die Probleme, Sorgen und Zwiespalt der Menschen damals.

Ich habe den Roman bis zur letzten Seite verschlungen. Deshalb 5 Sterne.
Vanessa
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein wunderbares Buch! Melanie Metzenhin hat so viel Liebe in die Figuren gesteckt, in ihre Geschichten, dass man auf jeder Seite mitleidet und mitfiebert. Diese kleinen täglichen Wiederstände sind ergreifend und die Ohnmacht kroch mir bis in den Hals. Ich hab gelacht und geweint und Kraft aus diesem Buch geschöpft, um mutig zu träumen.
Spookykcs
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein gut zu lesender Roman mit Charakteren, mit deren Hilfe man mühelos in das dunkle Kapitel deutscher Geschichte eintaucht. Gerade in der heutigen Zeit sind solche Bücher so wichtig, um die Facetten des damaligen Regimes und Zeitgunst lebendig zu machen.
Toll recherchiert!
booksandmoonlight
Obwohl ich sehr ungern Bücher die aus der Kriegszeit handeln lesen, hat mir das Buch gefallen. Sehr ergreifend und gefühlsvoll. Auch wenn die Geschichte natürlich nicht gerade leichte Kost ist. Interessant ist auch der Einblick in die Medizin zu der Zeit.
Michele
This was a different and unique read on WW2. it was based on more of a medical aspect during that time period and definitely was very interesting. It was a well written book on the topic that I never knew about. Very sad and heart wrenching at times but an overall good read.
Hongnan
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching story
Nicole Pinto
This was a very interesting read about two psychiatrists during wwii. I liked the different perspective and it was an engaging read. Thank you to netgalley for the arc.
Lucy Meeker
This was a very interesting and a different look at history of the Second World War. This book was hard to put down and difficult to forget. A must read.
Lynn
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow, read this book in two sittings, such a well written story line, and , nice to see it coming full circle, with such a mixture of characters,
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Melanie Metzenthin wurde 1969 in Hamburg geboren, wo sie auch heute noch lebt. Als Fachärztin für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie hat sie einen ganz besonderen Einblick in die Psyche ihrer Patienten, zu denen sowohl Traumatisierte als auch Straftäter gehören.

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