My rating: 3 stars
Philosopher, professor, and devote Catholic, Dietrich von Hildebrand was one of the biggest enemies of National Socialism (Nazism). Throughout his life, he spoke out against Hitler and the ideals of the Nazi party, which meant that he lost friends and he had to flee Germany, leaving his family behind. This book exists because his second wife asked to know more about him.
I do have to admit that I only got about 60 pages into this book, but it was fascinating. Von Hildebrand is a great role model of someone who stood up for morality and beliefs, even when the world around him was saying they were wrong. The only reason I didn't continue reading his book is that it's pretty heavy stuff. Von Hildebrand was an intelligent man--which shows in his writing--who suffered a lot. I do hope to finish this book at sometime, but with the holidays and winter coming, it was just a little too depressing to continue reading.
I think something that's pretty nice about this book is that each chapter is sort of a separate incident, so you can read it as you wish, coming and going as you see fit. Great book for historians, those with an interest in WWII, and those who want to learn more about the religious and philosophical side of the war.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.