Hitler’s Priest

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April 30, 2012

Hitler’s Priest is a grip­ping sto­ry about the jour­ney of two fam­i­lies dur­ing the Holocaust.The sto­ry cen­ters on Hans Keller a young Ger­man archi­tect invit­ed by Josef Goebbels to become a catholic priest in order to influ­ence the Vat­i­can. His jour­ney from being raised by his adop­tive Jew­ish par­ents to devot­ed Nazi is fas­ci­nat­ing with a series of twists and turns. The nov­el is filled with con­tro­ver­sies that have nev­er been resolved regard­ing the rela­tion­ship between the Church and the Ger­man gov­ern­ment dur­ing the sec­ond world war. Some may be sur­prised to know that there were actu­al­ly high lev­el cler­ics who were sup­port­ive of Hitler and wished the Roman Church and the Gov­ern­ment to form an alliance that would ben­e­fit both. There were also count­less cler­ics and nuns, heroes and hero­ines who at great per­son­al per­il, did all they could to alle­vi­ate the per­se­cu­tion of the Jews.The nov­el address­es the fun­da­men­tal ques­tion Did the church have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to open­ly speak out against the atrocities?

Read Sal­va­tore Tagliareni’s Post for the Vis­it­ing Scribe

How a For­mer Catholic Priest Gained a New Under­stand­ing of the Holocaust

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