Setting, Farewell My Life by Cynthia Sally Haggard, BERLIN, GERMANY in the 1930s

FAREWELL MY LIFE is in three parts.

The third part, FAREWELL MY LIFE opens in Berlin, Germany in July 1938. At that time, Berlin was like a patient in a dentist’s chair as Adolf Hitler poured money into various construction projects with the aim of building a new capital for the third Reich.

The US Embassy in Bendlerstrasse, Berlin in the 1930s

The American Embassy – housed in a temporary building in Stauffenbergstrasse (Bendlerstrasse) features in this part of the novel, as it was where Russell worked during his time in Berlin.

Hitler was building a capital to Germania this new German State that would last a thousand years. It is one of the ironies of history that all this building was going on in 1938, only to be bombed to smithereens a few years later…