David Wessel to speak at COA-Dare

By on March 16, 2024

April 3 at 7 p.m.
College of the Albemarle-Dare

 The Dilemma of Ordinary Families in Hitler’s Germany

What did they know? What could they do? What did they do?

Retired U.S. diplomat, historian and author, David K. Wessel will read from his new novel, Choosing Sides, and speak on how ‘ordinary Germans’ dealt with rising tyranny during the takeover of their country by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

David K. Wessel is one of six children born to Karl-Heinz Wessel, the main character of Choosing Sides, a novel about an ordinary family torn apart by Hitler’s Germany. He is a former COA vice president and mayor of Duck, North Carolina and a retired diplomat who served at U.S. embassies in Rome and Guatemala. When it comes to writing about the years leading up to World War II, David relies not only on his family story – and fifty years of studying how the Weimar Republic shaped the lives of its citizens. He has continued that interest ever since.

Rescheduled from March 28 due to last week’s storm.


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