The Priest Barracks: Dachau 1938 – 1945


The Priest Barracks: Dachau 1938 - 1945 Author Guillaume Zeller
ISBN-10 162164099X
ISBN-13 9781621640998
Year 2017-04-28
Pages 280
Language English
Publisher Ignatius Press
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At the Nazi concentration camp Dachau three barracks out of thirty were occupied by clergy from 1938 to 1945 The overwhelming majority of the 2 720 men imprisoned in these barracks were Catholics2 579 priests monks and seminarians from all over Europe More than a third of the prisoners in the priest block died there The story of these men which has been submerged in the overall history of the concentration camps is told in this riveting historical account Both tragedies and magnificent gestures are chronicled here from the terrifying forced march in 1942 to the heroic voluntary confinement of those dying of typhoid to the moving clandestine ordination of a young German deacon by a French bishop Besides recounting moving episodes the book sheds new light on Hitler s system of concentration camps and the intrinsic anti Christian animus of Nazism

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