Ultimate Price Paperback
Testimonies of Christians Who Resisted the Third Reich
by Ann Marie Kidder;
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Through their stories and their own words this volume highlights seven inspiring men and women who felt compelled by their Christian faith to oppose the idolatrous Nazi regime. Some of their stories are well known, others less so: Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, imprisoned and executed for his role in a plot to overthrow Hitler; Jesuit Alfred Delp, executed for his role in the anti-Nazi Kreisau Circle; Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian peasant who refused to take a military oath; Sophie Scholl, a young university student and part of the doomed White Rose conspiracy; hymn writer and novelist Jochen Klepper; Berlin's Cathedral provost Bernhard Lichtenberg; and recently beatified Jesuit preacher Rupert Mayer. What were their motives? What convinced them, long before their vindication by history, that they must defend the truth and the dignity of human life at the cost of their own lives? In tracing their journeys, they challenge us to heed our own conscience; they bid us examine our own loyalties to kin and country in light of Christ's claims. They prod us to take our own stand with those Christ called "the least of these."
Ultimate Price by Ann Marie Kidder was published by Orbis Books in March 2012. The ISBN for Ultimate Price is 9781570759550.
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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.
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|Page last updated||25th February 2017|
|Author / Artist||Ann Marie Kidder|
|Publisher||Orbis Books (March 2012)|
|Number of Pages||176|