The 6th Lamentation (2003) Eduard Schwermann is a ghastly human: a former SS officer in World War II, responsible for numerous deaths in Auschwitz, who one day shows up… 2003-07-10 Fiction
Review

The 6th Lamentation (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 10, 2003; Writer: William Brodrick; Genre: Fiction

Eduard Schwermann is a ghastly human: a former SS officer in World War II, responsible for numerous deaths in Auschwitz, who one day shows up in present-day England at a priory and asks for sanctuary. This poses a dilemma for the Roman Catholic Church, particularly Father Anselm, a lawyer-turned-priest to whom Schwermann makes his plea. Author Brodrick is, in a sense, the opposite of Anselm -- an Augustinian friar -- turned -- lawyer and now first-time novelist. Brodrick sets up what sounds like an intriguing yet primarily intellectual moral puzzle, and his dialogue is a bit stilted, but he adds several suspenseful elements that turn The 6th Lamentation into a brashly original, thoughtful courtroom thriller.

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints