Right to Live is a novel, based heavily on historical fact revolving around the life, disappearance and re-emergence of the "Angel of Death of Auschwitz", Dr Joseph Mengele. Key characters emerge as the book unfolds and there are many twists and turns to enthral the reader. It is, however, not a book for the faint-hearted, documenting and relating the terrible truth about the concentration and extermination camp system which was so widely adopted by the Nazis in Eastern Poland and beyond in what is now modern-day Ukraine, Lithuania and Belarus.
I am a student of modern history, having qualified from the University of London in the 1970s. During the late 1970s, I travelled to Germany and met many leading German politicians, including Manfred Rommel, son of the ‘Desert Fox’, then Mayor of Stuttgart. My father served in the Royal Navy and has had several books dedicated to him and his direct involvement in the Battle of the River Plate and the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.
The novel is partly fact-based and partly fictional, though I have conducted extensive research into Mengele’s family background as part of my Open University History Degree and the relationships he had both with his staff and inmates at the camp. It is the first of many books I have planned about ‘what might have been’ and covers the time from the flight from Auschwitz to Gross-Rosen and thence his return to the family farm in Bavarian Alps. Mengele maintained an almost mesmeric hold on Nazis after the end of the war and became a major force in South America. What takes place in the book is more than pure fantasy, in fact there is considerable evidence to support some of the conspiracies contained within my novel’s pages. There is a connection to John F Kennedy and more recently, through Mengele’s long lost son, to Al Qaeda. The book is full of suspense and international intrigue and offers the opportunity for a sequel. First and foremost, however, it is a novel and should not be treated as an historical document.
The public continues to have a fascination for this evil man and for once, they will have a chance to read what could have actually happened.