And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind by Jacques Lusseyran

By Jacques Lusseyran

Whilst Jacques Lusseyran was once an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he used to be blinded in an twist of fate. He accomplished his education decided to take part on this planet round him. In 1941, whilst he was once seventeen, that international was once Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran shaped a resistance team with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the simplest. ultimately, Lusseyran used to be arrested and despatched to the Buchenwald focus camp in a shipping of 2 thousand resistance opponents. He used to be one among merely thirty from the delivery to outlive. His gripping tale is likely one of the strongest and insightful descriptions of dwelling and thriving with blindness, or certainly any problem, ever published.

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20 Having enthusiastically supported the Nazis’ ‘national revolution’ in 1933, Protestants soon split in three directions. Many pastors joined the German Christian Movement, which wanted to deepen the spiritual renewal into a liturgical and theological one – banning the Old Testament and expurgating the New of Jewish infl uence, and excluding Jewish converts from Protestant ministry. Traditionalists who wanted to safeguard their scripture and liturgy and defend the Church from state interference formed themselves first into the Pastors’ Emergency League and then, in May 1934, into the Confessing Church.

In fact, August Töpperwien would continue to serve loyally until the last days of the war. Having made his momentous acknowledgement that ‘we literally want to exterminate this people as such’, he fell silent. He could not square this admission with his own belief in Germany’s civilising mission in the east and its defence of Europe against Bolshevism. int ro d uc t ion 5 Töpperwien did not return to the murder of the Jews again until March 1945, when he finally began to grasp – for the first time – that Germany was facing complete and unavoidable defeat: ‘A mankind that wages war like this has become godless.

As a pretext for war, it was fl imsy and could not have convinced an international audience or even the Wehrmacht war crimes investigators sent to these scenes. 13 * The 1st of September 1939 found the teacher Wilm Hosenfeld still in the girls’ school in Fulda where his unit had assembled. He used the lull to write a letter to his elder son Helmut, who had just started doing his six months of Reich Labour Service on a farm: ‘now the die is cast. The terrible uncertainty is over. We know what we face.

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