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Catherine R. Hammond

Catherine R. HammondCatherine Hammond is a biographer and researcher at the Longyear Museum who through a fascinating series of happenstances met the von Moltkes, including Freya von Moltke, who read the manuscript and shared with the author her personal recollections of Dorothy and Helmuth von Moltke, as well as her (Freya's) husband, Helmuth James von Moltke.

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Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest

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Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest: The Letters of Dorothy von Moltke

An Extraordinary Woman's Letters Witness Germany's Descent Into Chaos and a glimpse at the explosive growth of Christian Science in Germany in the first part of the 20th century

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  • Table of Contents
  • Sample pages
  • Paperback:390+ pages, 24 photos
  • Publisher: Nebbadoon Press (2013)
  • Language: English
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  • ISBN-13:978-1-891331-44-2
  • Product Dimensions: 6" x 9", trade paperback

Description: Daughter of the Chief Justice of South Africa and married into the illustrious family of Helmuth von Moltke, Germany's greatest military hero, Dorothy von Moltke penned frequent letters to her parents that capture the life of the elite on a large estate in Silesia, formerly part of Germany and now part of Poland. The letters poignantly describe living through World War I, the devastating inflation of the Weimar Period, and the rise of Nazism as armed militias clashed in the streets of Berlin and Hitler became der Führer.

The letters also show Count and Countess von Moltke actively participating in the explosive growth of Christian Science in Germany, including going to Boston in 1911 to translate the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, into German. The letters reveal how they instilled in their children the liberal values that led their eldest son, Helmuth James von Moltke, to found the anti-Nazi Kreisau Circle, for which he was hanged in 1945. The Moltkes' idealism is perpetuated in The Kreisau Foundation for Mutual Understanding on the family's former estate, where young people learn the art of waging peace.

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