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from Angel Maker by Barry B. Wright

Copyright © 2019–2020 Barry B. Wright

Chapter Twelve
Wish Me Luck

This must remain between you and me,” she said. “Do you understand? No one else must know.”

Collier removed his hand from the telephone and acknowledged with a slight nod of his head. She was right and he knew it. Trust was a special commodity and breaking it would be like crumpling up a perfect piece of paper. No matter how much you tried to smooth it out, it would never be the same again. Something he could ill afford if he wanted his son safe and sound. Still, temptation to violate that trust lingered in his mind. A wresting match he was unsure to win. This news could break the ice between Lila and me. He watched her regain her seat and become comfortable. All ears, he waited for Captain Hall to continue.

“A little back history is needed first. In 1933, members of the Social Democratic Party, the SPD, in the Reichstag voted against the Enabling Act. The Act gave Hitler unlimited constitutional power. As a result of their action, the Nazis forced them to disband and flee into exile, but not before they established a very sophisticated underground organization opposed to the Nazi regime called Roter Stosstrupp. Your son, his fiancĂ©e and her family members were being hidden by them. This was verified with the SPD located in Paris.”

“Were?” His body tensed while he waited for her answer.

“Two days ago, we learned that widespread arrests by the Gestapo had forced Roter Stosstrupp to pass your son and his entourage over to the remnant of another group known as Neu Beginnen for safe keeping.” She sank back into her chair and sighed. “Unfortu...

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