"The dear God placed me in a position in which I had a duty to call black 'black' and white 'white'." These words were spoken by Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, the bishop of the diocese of Münster in Germany from 1933 to 1946. In so doing, he risked death at the hands of the Nazis, one Gestapo leader even urging that he be publicly hanged. Joseph Goebbels and others in the Nazi leadership, knowing the bishop's popularity, advised waiting, subscribing to the adage that revenge is a dish best served cold.
In this, the definitive English-language biography of the great Lion of Münster, listeners will encounter the young von Galen as he learns the Catholic faith and love of the fatherland from his family, members of the German aristocracy. A nobleman, a prince of his people and of his Church, the boy grew into a man, a six-and-a-half-foot tall giant of a man, who, though he loved his homeland, loved God, his Church, and his law even more; for he knew that calling his homeland back to the ways of God is the one way in which a bishop can best demonstrate that love for the people under his spiritual care. And so, in three magnificent sermons and countless other speeches, communiques and gestures, the Lion roared.
This story of his life and his stirring words provides listeners with an indispensable glimpse into the confrontation between church and state in Hitler's Germany and will serve as a reminder to all men and women of good will of the duty to call black "black" and white "white".
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Surprisingly Good Listen
I would describe this selection as a "Surprisingly Good Listen"
The selection opens with a triumphant and memorable flashback. Similarly, we know how WWII ends, but we are drawn into the story wanting to know the "how did we get here?"
No, but Kevin Spalding does a fantastic job storytelling down to the german inflections.
The amazement of being tapped as cardinal and the exhaustion and ailment that ultimately led to his final days.
A great biography telling the story of a great man
I found that this book was very informative on one of the greatest bishops in Germany during WWII. I found it was easy to listen to and the narration was very well done and helped convey the book to me.
I liked hearing the early life and background of this courageous bishop who is currently on the path to sainthood.
I found that Mr. Spalding's performance captured the feel and tone of the book and helped express a narrative which was not only informative, but also very interesting. I also feel the way that he read the book was also able to keep my attention and draw me into the narrative.
No, I found the book to be good and very well written, but I did not think it is meant to produces any extreme reactions from the reader.