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My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich Hardcover – 21 Oct 2014
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Dietrich von Hildebrand is already well-known and respected as one of the great Catholic philosophers of the twentieth century. However, this engaging collection of his personal writings on the topic of Hitler and Nazism allows us to appreciate his wisdom and courage even more fully. His faith in God and understanding of the human person enabled him to clearly see the threat posed by his evil ideology. This memoir reveals the strength of character that von Hildebrand bravely displaced throughout his twenty-year battle against of the greatest evils of his age. Even amid significant personal danger, he never wavered in his commitment to the truth. We remember Dietrich von Hildebrand s intellectual contributions, but let us also recall his witness to human dignity in the face of evil. --Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Dietrich von Hildebrand's memoirs give us an inroad into the soul of another Germany, a Germany thoroughly different from that of Adolf Hitler and of the Nazis. In the years just after the First World War, he warned against the danger of exaggerated nationalism and pleaded for the reconciliation between European nations. Later he would defend the common Christian and Jewish roots of European civilization. His example warms the hearts of all those who love freedom and are willing to defend the values of our civilization. --Rocco Buttiglione, Italian statesman and close collaborator with St. John Paul II
At this moment in history, no memoir could be more timely than Dietrich von Hildebrand s account of how and why he risked everything to witness against the spreading evil of National Socialism. With much of today s world silent as Christians face increasing persecution, many good men and women are asking themselves what they can do. This remarkable book will challenge and inspire them. --Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University and Former US Ambassador to the Holy See
About the Author
DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND (1889 1977), born in Florence, was the son of renowned German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand. A leading student of the philosophers Edmund Husserl and Max Scheler, he took up the "great questions" about truth, freedom, conscience, community, love, beauty with a freshness that allowed him to break new ground, especially in ethics, but also in epistemology, social philosophy, and aesthetics. His conversion to Catholicism in 1914 was the decisive turning point of his life and the impetus for important religious works. His opposition to Hitler and Nazism was so outspoken that he was forced to flee Germany in 1933, and later across Europe, finally settling in New York City in 1940, where he taught at Fordham University until 1960. He was the author of dozens of books, both in German and English. He was a major forerunner of Vatican II through his seminal writings on marriage, on Christian philosophy, and on the evil of anti-Semitism. JOHN HENRY CROSBY (b. 1978), is a translator, writer, musician, and cultural entrepreneur. He is founder and director of the Hildebrand Project, which fosters deep cultural renewal through publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand s thought and witness.
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Alot of the writings reflect on his Christian beliefs and theology which although worthy, do not make a book with general appeal. The memoirs span from 1921 to 1937 but sadly miss the 1938 Anschluss and his journey to the US.
Even von Hildebrand's escape to Vienna seems boring. Whilst I'm not expecting Hollywood style car chases the writing style is undeniably dull.
It's difficult to criticise this book, because the subject matter itself is inspiring as Von Hildebrand shows us that you can stand up against evil without violence.
If you want to see a different view on the resistance to the rise of the Nazis during the 1920s and 1930s especially a non-violent view then read this book.
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