"Not all Nazis were evil, and the Allies also kept death camps."
Piers Anthony lived in Europe as a child, was deported in 1940, and raised a Quaker in the United States. Readers who are familiar with his fantasy series, Xanth, may be surprised to learn that Piers has written a serious novel rooted in real-life contentious issues.
Quality is a pacifist Quaker woman engaged to all-American college boy, Lane Dowling, when she meets his friend, Ernst Best, at the beginning of World War II. Quality ends up deep in the German war zone, hiding as Ernst's lover and suffering cataclysms in her deepest beliefs.
Piers Anthony not only makes the storyline feel plausible, (at least, in the context of a novel), he tells the tale with a haunting lack of sentimentality; leaving the reader reeling over the black and white truths we so often associate with the Nazis and the Allies.
This is not a spellbinding book, but it's worth reading if you like to expand beyond the typical viewpoints we're presented with in the media and at school. You may not subscribe to the viewpoints presented, but at least it will get you thinking.
I suspect that was the author's purpose. It's a shame he did it in such a dry manner . . . but a novel with these elements written in a more romantic vein would possibly be even less popular.