To borrow the words of A L Kennedy, The Constant Soldier is ‘a nuanced, complex and gripping tale of guilt and love that captures the chaos at the end of WWII’. It is also fiction firmly rooted in history.
In 2007 a handful of photographs taken between June 1944 and January 1945 were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. They were photos taken and belonging to Karl Hoecker, adjutant to the last commander of Auschwitz, and they immediately fascinated Ryan.
These images of seemingly ordinary men, in fact depicted some of the worst mass-murderers in history. His novel The Constant Soldier is a fictional recreation of the rest hut near Auschwitz where many of the photographs were taken and explores the small steps ordinary people took in Nazi Germany that ended with great evil. Ryan will be showing us some of these pictures and taking us along on his journey, from fact to fiction.