(From the publisher):
A novel that begins with a love story and ends with a dispassionate accounting of the fate of the individuals encountered in between, The Inventory examines the ways in which lives of ordinary citizens become entangled in the vortex of a society where persecution and extermination became daily events. We are introduced to Volker Tilling, a high-school student tortured by the Gestapo because of his vague association with the Young Socialist Workers brigade; Werner Kurzig, a renowned opera singer beaten for suspicion of homosexuality by the SA; little Anna Rossner, whose mental disability sends her trustingly to the camps; and Helga Fiefer, who writes to the Ghetto Administration seeking a good deal on confiscated penknives. Ordinary citizens, sinned against and sinning, are introduced and then disappear for a time in the anonymity of victims and perpetrators, as respectable housewives become informants or saviors, and children become protectors or abusers.
Original title: Die Bestandsaufnahme
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II→ Holocaust