The Architect of Auschwitz

Salvatore Tagliareni

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION DRAMA POLITICAL WAR HISTORICAL FICTION

    Core Theme

    EVIL AND REVENGE

    TIME PERIOD

    20th Century (multiple decades)

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    NONE COME TO IND AS PERFECT COMPARISONS, BUT THIS WORK OF COURSE BORROWS ELEMENTS FROM SCHINDLER'S LIST AND HUNTERS

    CHARACTER LIST

    GERHARDT STARK: (M/<10-60S).HIGH-RANKING SS OFFICER WHO DEFECTS UNDER A FAKE IDENTITY IN ORDER TO AVOID PAYING FOR HIS WAR CRIMES.

    ESTHER COHEN (F/14-30S). GANG RAPE VICTIM OF NAZIS WHO BECOMES A DOCTOR IN NYC AND WHO EVENTUALLY OUTS STARK.

    MICAH GOLDSTEIN (M/<10-60S) -- FRIEND AND COUSIN OF YOUNG STARK WHO GOES FROM AUSCHWITZ TO A GULAG TO, MUCH LATER, CONFRONTING STARK FOR HIS CRIMES.

    ALBERT SPEER (M/50S) -- NAZI LEADER WHO TAKES STARK UNDER HIS WING.

    ELI KROLOFF (M/50S) -- NAZI HUNTER WHO HELPS ESTHER TO OUT AND LATER APPREHEND STARK.

    HEINRICH MUELLER (M/30S) -- NAZI ADMINISTRATOR WHO HELPS STARK FAKE HIS DEATH AND CREATE A NEW IDENTITY.

    Logline

    The history of World War II and why an entire nation would fall under the spell of a fanatical fascist dictator like Adolph Hitler is one that is endlessly fascinating. In the Architect of Auschwitz i a young German architect compromises every belief to become a vital part of the Final Solution.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Munich,Poland,Spain and New York

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: No

    Starting Description

    Gerhardt Stark initially rejects National Socialism.He is lured by his wife and Albert Speer to become a member of the party. He rejects his early beliefs and ascends the staircase to willing accomplice and executioner. He flees Germany for Spain and New York.He is outed in New York by a victim.

    Ending Description

    The protagonist Esther Cohen solicits the help of Gerhardt's Jewish cousin Micah and a member of the Nakam to bring him to justice.They assasinate him at his summer home on Martha's Vineyard.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist,Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Gerhardt Stark

    Age: from 8 to 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Decisive,Greedy,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Patriotic,Secretive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Esther Cohen

    Age: 14 to 40's

    Gender: Female

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Religious,Selfless,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Micah, cousin betrayed by Gerhardt

    Age: adolescent to 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Masculine,Religious,Selfless,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Micah ,Jewish cousin Gerhardt betrayed

    Age: adolescent to 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Educated,Honorable,Masculine,Religious,Selfless,Strong Moral Code

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, THRILLER, MATURE AUDIENCE, WAR, DRAMA, POLITICS

    Brief

    Gerhardt Stark forsakes his Jewish extended family and joins the Nazi regime. He quickly rises up the ranks and ends up playing a vital role in the holocaust. When he becomes fearful of being apprehended for his crimes, he creates a new identity and moves to America. In New York, however, victims of his atrocities work to out and then assassinate him.

    Overall Rating

    EXCELLENT

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, although Micah is listed as a character twice, and he and Esther are mistakenly labeled as antagonists.

    Draw of Story

    The author has a very interesting and matter-of-fact writing style, as if relying on historical record. It makes this work feel real, even though it is fiction. It gives this work a raw and visceral quality.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Not really. If anything, there were some stretches that seemed to include information that was less than pertinent to the story, like with the extended backstories of the more marginal players, for example.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The hook is that this work is an incomparably vivid rendering of the hellscape of the holocaust-- It renders the characters' emotion with such great severity and specificity, and it features one of the more ghastly villains in recent memory.

    Fanbase Potential

    No, this would not have a large fanbase, per se, but it could have a loyal one. It seems to brutal, niche, and unapologetic to appeal to a wide audience.

    Awards Potential

    Yes, this could certainly have awards potential, thanks to its historical value and resonant, even timely themes.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    HARD TO SAY, BUT IT DOES BRING TO MIND VARIED ELEMENTS OF MARATHON MAN, SCHINDLER’S LIST, AND HUNTERS.

    What’s New About the Story

    What makes this work stand out as original is, simply, how vivid and well-researched it is. It comes alive off the page, and it's almost a marvel that it's not based on a true story with how grounded and, for the most part, plausible it is.

    Lead Characters

    The lead character would have to be Gerhardt, and he stands out for how vile he is. What is most chilling about him, though, is how he compartmentalizes and justifies his actions. He is not an over-the-top comic book villain, but a true-to-life vision of a psychopath.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is perhaps a rare gem, but it would have to be reworked a bit if adapted to screen. While it's fascinating in how it centers on the villain, it feels like the audience will want at least a bit more from the sympathetic players. Micah, for example, has a fascinating story that should be able to play well with Gerhardt's, especially given how they collide in the final pages.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Studio TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    This work is a recommend for its vivid, well-researched descriptions and the visceral, gut-wrenching emotional impacts it earns. It is as vivid a picture of Jewish suffering and Nazi nefariousness as can be imagined.

    Brief

    A young German architect compromises every belief to become a vital part of the initiative to exterminate all Jews. Later, after faking his death and assuming a new identity, he finds himself pursued by vengeful victims of his past atrocities.

    What We Liked

    This work stands out for the gut-wrenching drama and tragedy it presents to its audience, memorable for the extreme detail. How well-researched this work evidently is makes it feel like it's based on a true story. You sympathize with the various victims of tragedy in this work just as much as you hate the unforgettable, grounded villain. All in all, this work has historical and thematic value in abundance.

    Film: This would be an excellent adaptation for film given the sheer amount of emotional impact and weight this work carries. It would prove to be one unforgettable night at the movies, and it has the potential provide much historical value in clarifying the toll of the holocaust and the wickedness of its architects.

    TV: This would be a great adaptation fro TV with how expansive its timeline is. TV would be a viable format not just for capturing this decades-spanning story, but also for fleshing out and expanding on its interesting side players, like Micah. There is certainly enough opportunity for emotion and impact to sustain a season of TV.

    Key points:
    1. The indelible, grounded villain.
    2. The consistently graphic, unimaginable detail.
    3. The many intense emotional impacts.
    4. The historical value.
    5. The awards potential.

    Synopsis

    We follow the life of German GERHARDT STARK from his innocent boyhood with his cousin MICAH to his college years. As an adult, Gerhardt is seduced into the Nazi party with his ambitions to be an architect. When Micah comes to him hoping he'll use his influence to free his imprisoned father, Gerhardt is callous and cruel. After showing promise, he graduates into the SS, where he is tasked with creating the means of mass-murdering Jews and enemies of Germany. He leads a village massacre that sees 14-year-old ESTHER gang raped and left for dead, and he is rewarded for his leadership in the construction of the expansion of Auschwitz.

    Soon, it becomes obvious that Germany is going to lose the war. With that, Gerhardt fakes his own death and assumes a new identity. He even rescues a few concentration camp prisoners so that they will corroborate his identity if he needs them to. When Gerhardt's partner in creating his new identity asks for compensation, Gerhardt poisons and kills him. Micah is imprisoned in a Gulag, having been caught while posing as a German officer trying to escape the concentration camp. Soon, the war ends, and Gerhardt lays low.

    Years later, we follow the life of ESTHER, who goes on to become a doctor. She falls in love with charming Rabbi DANIEL, eventually sharing her great trauma and tragedy with him. Soon, at an opera, Esther recognizes Gerhardt, now going by the name GEORG BAUM. She hires a Nazi hunter, ELI, to confirm his identity, and he does after breaking into Baum's flat. Soon, Micah is connected to Esther by way of another Nazi hunter, and he joins her in the states. Eli and co. lead a mission to assassinate Gerhardt. They bring out Micah to do the honors in shooting the vile Nazi with an untraceable poison dart. Esther is relieved that justice has finally been done.

    About The Author

    Salvatore Tagliareni is a story teller, writer, business consultant, art dealer and former Catholic Priest. He was profoundly influenced by his mentor and friend Dr.Viktor Frankl, the author of “Man's Search for Meaning.” The desire to remember those that perished in the Holocaust (Shoah) is the driving force behind his writing this novel.