Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance
The story of Saint Alexander of Munich, a young man executed by the Nazi government for his participation in the resistance group "White Rose". Alexander Schmorell, an ethnic Russian and devout Orthodox Christian, was recognized as a martyr and saint in 2012.
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— About the Book —
At the height of World War II, a small band of students in Munich, Germany, formed a clandestine organization called the White Rose, which exposed the Nazi regime’s murderous atrocities and called for its overthrow. In its first anti-Nazi tract, the group wrote, “...Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be ‘governed’ without opposition by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct...” The students risked everything to struggle against a world that had lost its moorings. Early in 1943 key members of the group were discovered and executed.
Among those put to death was Alexander Schmorell, a young man of Russian birth whose family came to Germany when he was a small boy. This biography eloquently recounts the journey of an energetic and talented young man who loved life but who, deeply inspired by his Orthodox Christian faith, was willing to sacrifice it as a testimony to his faith in God that had taught him to love beauty and freedom, both of which the Nazis sought to destroy. In 2012, the Russian Orthodox Church officially recognized him as a martyr and saint.
The story of Alexander’s life and death is made available to English readers here for the first time, vividly illustrated with black and white photographs.
— Author Biography —
Matushka Elena Perekrestov holds an MA from Norwich University. A life-long educator, she teaches at Saints Cyrill and Methodius High School (San Francisco, CA) and the Summer School of Liturgical Music at Holy Trinity Seminary (Jordanville, NY). Her husband, Archpriest Peter, is dean of the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco.
— Contents —
1. Resisting the Dictatorship of Evil
2. I Am Orthodox: We Do It Differently
3. Facing Man's Cruel Handiwork
4. Coming Together
5. Books and Mentors
6. Days of Darkness
7. Bringing the Truth to Light
8. Birch Trees and Bloodshed
9. Another Alexander
10. We Will Not Be Silent
11. In the Midst of Deepest Night
12. We Will Meet in Eternity
13. Criminal Sought: One Thousand Marks' Reward
14. When? Where? How? With Whom?
15. Before the People's Court
16. Setting a Course for Heaven
17. Do Not Forget God!
18. You Shall Not Have Died in Vain
19. Serving Their Deepest Convictions and the truth
20. A Saint for Our Time
Appendix 1 The Life of St Anthimus of Nicomedia (September 3/16)
Appendix 2 Alexander's Description of the Paschal Service in 1941
Appendix 3 Chronology
List of Illustrations
— Reviews —
Sometimes you read the lives of the saints, and they seem so... other. They belonged to royalty, or were soldiers, or lived in exotic times and places we cannot pronounce. But here is a book you can hand your college-bound teenager...Normal, healthy, funny, smart young people were willing to die to live as Christ taught." - Matushka Ann Lardas, St. Innocent Press