So Others May Live

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1940s & '50s

Lee Hutch

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A German firefighter struggles to save lives in Nazi Berlin while a Lancaster pilot prepares to fly one last mission.


War,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Michael and Grace argue before he returns to his base for his final mission as Karl Weber, station commander, takes charge of teenage auxiliaries, now part of Berlin's defenses. He meets Ursula on a call, but is unaware of the dangerous game she is playing which might put his own life at risk.

Michael nurses his crippled bomber back to England as Grace awaits his return. Ursula is arrested by the Gestapo and Karl dies saving the lives of the men sent to arrest him.


1943 London and Berlin

Based on a True Story


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Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Karl Weber

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Decisive,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Ursula Muller

Age: Early 20s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Heroic,Patriotic,Secretive,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Michael O'Hanlon

Age: Early 20s

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Leader,Complex,Desperate,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Michael O'Hanlon

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Heroic,Insecure,Leader

Development Pitch

Imagine: You are a firefighter. Not in your own town. But in Nazi Germany. Your job is to save lives as your government seeks to destroy them. Karl Weber, station commander, thought the fighting on the Eastern Front was bad, but then he experienced the heavy raid on Hamburg in July 1943. Haunted by his memories, he goes about his job of running a fire station in central Berlin as he and his crew, reduced by the demands of the war, go about the daily grind of responding to alarms by day and air raids by night. To supplement his personnel, Karl is assigned a group of teenage auxiliaries who now make up part of Berlin's defenses against a nightly rain of fire. Meanwhile in Charlottenburg, Ursula Muller is living a double life. By day, she is a civilian telephone operator for the government. By night, she serves as a courier for a resistance group. Keeping secrets in Nazi Germany is difficult, and Ursula is unaware that she is already being tailed by the dreaded Gestapo. When she accidentally starts a small fire in her flat, Ursula meets Karl and is instantly drawn to him, though she knows that is not good for either of them. In the course of a single night, amidst the horror of an air raid, they learn the true meaning of courage and sacrifice. Title: So Others May Live Logline: One man struggles to save lives for a regime bent upon destroying them.

About The Author

Lee Hutch is a retired firefighter and arson investigator. He has a BA and an MA in History and an MS in Criminal Justice. He teaches history at a college in Southeast Texas.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available