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Title:
My battle against Hitler : faith, truth, and defiance in the shadow of the Third Reich
Author:
Von Hildebrand, Dietrich, 1889-1977, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Image, [2014]
Physical Description:
341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
"How does a person become Hitler's enemy number one? Not through espionage or violence, it turns out, but by striking fearlessly at the intellectual and spiritual roots of National Socialism. Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who devoted the full force of his intellect to breaking the deadly spell of Nazism that ensnared so many of his beloved countrymen. His story might well have been lost to us were it not for this memoir he penned in the last decades of his life at the request of his wife, Alice von Hildebrand. In My Battle Against Hitler, covering the years from 1921 to 1938, von Hildebrand tells of the scorn and ridicule he endured for sounding the alarm when many still viewed Hitler as a positive and inevitable force. He expresses the sorrow of having to leave behind his home, friends, and family in Germany to conduct his fight against the Nazis from Austria. He recounts how he defiantly challenged Nazism in the public square, prompting the German ambassador in Vienna to describe him to Hitler as 'the architect of the intellectual resistance in Austria.' And in the midst of all the danger he faced, he conveys his unwavering trust in God, even during his harrowing escape from Vienna and his desperate flight across Europe, with the Nazis always just one step behind. Dietrich von Hildebrand belongs to the very earliest anti-Nazi resistance. His public statements led the Nazis to blacklist him already in 1921, long before the horrors of the Third Reich and more than twenty-three years before the famous assassination attempt on Hitler in July 1944. His battle would culminate in the countless articles he published in Vienna, a selection of which are featured in this volume. 'It is an immense privilege, ' writes editor John Henry Crosby, founder of the Hildebrand Project, 'to present to the world the shining witness of one man who risked everything to follow his conscience and stand in defiance of tyranny.'"--

"This unpublished memoir from German-Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand demonstrates his opposition to anti-Semitism, his prescient understanding of just how deadly Nazism and Hitler would be, and his courage as he perpared to flee Germany"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385347518
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Book

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This unpublished memoir from German-Catholic philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand, demonstrates his opposition to anti-Semitism, his precient understanding of just how deadly Nazism and Hitler would be, and his courage as he perpared to flee Germany.Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic philosopher, theologian, and one of the earliest opponents to anti-Semitism. This memoir offers Von Hildebrand's reflection on this period and provides an extraordinary glimpse into the darkest periods of the 20th century including insight on Eugenio Pacelli (papal nuncio to Germany, later cardinal secretary of state, and ultimately Pope Pius XII).a As von Hildebrand later wrote, Pacelli was far from being "soft" on Nazism, and was one of Hitler's fiercest enemies.


Author Notes

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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Library Journal Review

This inspirational account takes its place alongside Gordon Zahn's Franz Jaegerstatter: Martyr for Conscience and similar titles from religious publishing houses. Although one of the most vocal opponents of Hitler and National Socialism in the 1920s and 1930s, von Hildebrand is not widely known outside of Europe. This book may change that because his story and his writings touch upon political, religious, and philosophical issues that speak to numerous audiences. A German philosopher and Catholic religious writer, von Hildebrand (1889-1977) founded a weekly anti-Nazi newspaper based in Vienna. Selected portions of his memoirs from that time form the first part of this book, followed by more than a dozen essays that further demonstrate his efforts to persuade Germans and Catholics to resist Nazism and denounce anti-Semitism. The translation, arrangement, and selection are all nicely done and a tribute to a man who inspired Catholics and humanists as he embarked on his second, academic career in the United States. Photographs were not seen. Verdict A philosophical and intellectual exposition that adds a new voice to the record of German resistance.-Barbara Ferrara, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

A Fateful Decisionp. 1
Who Was This Man Who Fought Hitler?p. 5
A Note on the Textp. 18
Part 1 The Memoirs
1921p. 23
1922p. 29
1923p. 32
1932p. 38
1933p. 46
1934p. 130
1935p. 177
1936p. 203
1937p. 220
Escape from Viennap. 232
Part 2 Writings Against the Nazi Ideology
Austria and Nationalismp. 247
German Culture and National Socialismp. 254
The Danger of Becoming Morally Bluntedp. 258
Against Anti-Semitismp. 264
The Jews and the Christian Westp. 270
The Danger of Quietismp. 279
Ceterum Censeo ...p. 284
False Frontsp. 292
The Parting of Waysp. 299
The Struggle for the Personp. 306
The Chaos of Our Times and the Hierarchy of Valuesp. 317
Authority and Leadershipp. 319
Mass and Communityp. 321
Individual and Communityp. 327
Acknowledgmentsp. 333
Notesp. 337
Photo Insert Creditsp. 340
About the Hildehrand Projectp. 341