One Book events kicked off
By Jeff Mill, The Herald Press

DURHAM — Officials of Durham and Middlefield are hoping to use the life of a Nazi to teach residents about how to be a good and decent person.

Not just any Nazi, naturally: a singular Nazi. A Nazi with a conscience — and a deep sense of guilt about the monster he had helped unleash upon the world. A Nazi whose name and story would otherwise not be known if it wasn’t for the efforts of a Durham resident who literally owes his life to Major Karl Plagge.

The two communities have embraced the “One Book, One Community” program, in which residents are encouraged to read One Book at the same time and then discuss it.