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Sins of the Fathers

Herbert J. Stern

Warwick’s presents
Herbert J. Stern
in conversation with Robert Longstreth

Sins of the Fathers

Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 4:00pm PST

Sins of the Fathers
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On Thursday, March 3rd at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Herbert J. Stern as he discusses his new book, Sins of the Fathers, in conversation with Robert LongstrethHerbert J. Stern was born in New York City, attended Hobart College, and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago. He was formerly U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City. He also served as judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. There he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work: Trying Cases to Win.

History hinged on a call as the German high command waited for Hitler's order to invade Czechoslovakia. That was the signal that would launch their revolt to bring down the Reich.

Every detail of the coup was in place. Access roads to Berlin would be blocked. The city sealed. Communication centers taken. A commando squad―sixty hand-picked men―were ready to storm the Chancellery and seize Hitler. The only open question: to try Hitler as a traitor or execute him on the spot.

Sins of the Fathers is the eye-opening novel―based on historical facts―of the efforts of German military leaders, career civil servants, and clergy to solicit England's assistance to bring down the tyrant in 1938. When Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain refused to meet with them, they turned to Winston Churchill, who secretly supported their cause. Armed with a strongly worded letter from the future prime minister, they waited for Hitler's telephone call ordering German troops to invade Czechoslovakia―the signal for their uprising. But the call did not come. Instead, Prime Minister Chamberlain went to Hitler's apartment in Munich only to bow to the dictator's will. The invasion was over before it began―and with that, so was the coup. Flying home, Chamberlain announced he had obtained "peace for our times."

Sins of the Fathers―the sequel to Wolf about Hitler's rise to power―tells the dramatic true story of the foolish prime minister that undermined the coup to topple the regime, delivered Czechoslovakia to Hitler, saved the Führer's life, and paved the road to World War II.

Hon. Robert C. Longstreth was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court by Governor Schwarzenegger in July 2008, and has had civil, criminal, probate, and family law assignments. He is currently a trial and settlement judge in the downtown courthouse. After graduating from Yale Law School, he was a law clerk for Judge Stern for two years. He then served in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was lead attorney for the United States in the Agent Orange litigation, and, most importantly, met his wife Veronica, a fellow Trial Attorney.  He was reunited with Judge Stern as an Associate Independent Counsel investigating and prosecuting crimes arising from the Iran/Contra affair. He and Veronica moved to San Diego in 1988 and now live in Mission Hills.

Sins of the Fathers: A Novel By Herbert J. Stern, Alan A. Winter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510769427
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Published: Skyhorse - February 22nd, 2022

Wolf: A Novel By Herbert J. Stern, Alan A. Winter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510769441
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Skyhorse - January 18th, 2022