Atlantic to publish new non-fiction work by Norman Ohler

13th March 2020

Atlantic Books is to publish The Infiltrators: The Lovers Who Led Germany’s Resistance Against the Nazis by Norman Ohler, author of the international bestseller Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany.

Editorial director for non-fiction James Nightingale acquired UK Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights from Andrew Nurnberg of Andrew Nurnberg Associates. Atlantic will publish in hardback and ebook on 3 September 2020.

“Summertime, 1935. On a lake near Berlin, a young man is out sailing when he glimpses a woman reclining in the prow of a passing boat. Their eyes meet—and one of history’s greatest conspiracies is born,” reads the synopsis. “Harro Schulze-Boysen had already shed blood in the fight against Nazism by the time he and Libertas Haas-Heye began their whirlwind romance. She joined the cause, and soon the two lovers were leading a network of antifascists that stretched across Berlin’s bohemian underworld. Harro himself infiltrated German intelligence and began funnelling Nazi battle plans to the Allies, including the details of Hitler’s surprise attack on the Soviet Union. But nothing could prepare Harro and Libertas for the betrayals they would suffer in this war of secrets—a struggle in which friend could be indistinguishable from foe. Drawing on unpublished diaries, letters and Gestapo files, Norman Ohler spins an unforgettable tale of love, heroism and sacrifice.”

Ohler, who will be coming to the UK to support the book’s publication this autumn, said:

The Infiltrators is the best true story I have ever told. I am thrilled that Atlantic will publish it in the UK.”

Nightingale added:

“The story of Harro and Libertas is at once inspiring and heart-breaking. Norman Ohler brilliantly pieces together their lives and reveals how they valiantly fought to defy and subvert the Nazi regime from within. Superbly researched, The Infiltrators is a thrilling and haunting read.”