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Testimonies of Christians Who resisted the Third Reich
Selected with an Introduction by Annemarie S. Kidder
Publisher:Orbis Books from Alban Books
Annemarie Kidder provides an informative description of the ‘church struggle’ in 1930s Germany, telling the reader about the Confessing Church, the Roman Catholic Church and the Barmen Declaration, among other things. She then tells the inspiring story of seven Christian women and men who opposed Nazism at great personal cost. She summarises their lives, and then quotes from their own letters and other writing. We read about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, eminent theologian, hanged for his involvement in the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler; two Jesuit pastors: Rupert Mayer, who spoke out against the forceful secularisation of the Catholic Church, and suffered imprisonment and banning, dying of a stroke just days after the end of the war; and Alfred Delp, associated with the Kreisau Circle (see website below); Franz Jagerstatter, beheaded in 1943, for his refusal to take the oath of combat; Sophie Scholl, a 22 year old student and member of White Rose (see website below), executed for distributing flyers denouncing Hitler; Bernhard Lichtenberg, Cathedral Provost in Berlin, denounced and arrested on account of his stand for Jews, and dying on his way to Dachau in 1943 after spending 2 years in prison; and Jochen Klepper, a well-known novelist, broadcaster and hymn-writer, who committed suicide in December 1942, along with his Jewish wife, rather than divorce her. These powerfully moving stories challenge any cosy complacency of our own.
Reviewer: Barry Vendy (10/07/12)