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Can a Seamless Garment Be Truly Torn? Questions Surrounding the Jewish-Catholic L?b Family, 1881?1945

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by Peter Steffen & Hans Evers
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Can a Seamless Garment Be Truly Torn? Questions Surrounding the Jewish-Catholic L?b Family, 1881?1945 by Peter Steffen & Hans Evers

The conversion of Lutz L?b and Jenny van Gelder from Judaism to Roman Catholicism dramatically changed the lives of the extended L?b family. This scientific-historical study traces the personal and spiritual journey of Lutz and Jenny from their baptisms in 1907 through the lives of their children. The story benefits from historical documents and pieces of oral history from the only one of their eight children who survived the Nazi era, Paula van Broekhoven-L?b. The abbess of Koningsoord Abbey and the abbot of Koningshoeven Abbey generously provided access to the archives of the monasteries where the seven other L?b children lived as nuns and monks of the L?b family.

Each chapter begins with a citation from a significant situation or event, placing the reader immediately within the lived experience of that period. Photos of the time and the family supplement the historical narrative. The secret conversion of Lutz and Jenny and their lifelong witness to their faith created a tear in the fabric of the extended family while later leading to many idealized portrayals of them and their children. It is the intent of this book to offer an accurate and balanced account, situating the Catholic L?b family within their extended Jewish family, and to correct several decades of hagiography, so restoring humanity and dignity to the memories of the L?b family.

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Pages: 652
Size: 10.2 MB
Publisher: Cistercian Publications
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9780879077396 (DRM-EPUB)

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