What Did You Do In The War, Sister?: Catholic Sisters in the Nazi Resistance by Dennis J. Turner
Publication Date: February 27, 2020 Paperback, eBook & Audiobook Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical
“A powerful story of seldom-sung heroines in humanity’s darkest days and a vivid reminder of the power of conscience.” — Edgardo David Holzman, author of Malena
Throughout the occupied territories, Catholic Sisters were active members of The Nazi Resistance.
Based on letters and documents written by Catholic Sisters during WWII, this book tells the remarkable story of these brave and faithful women.
From running contraband to hiding Jews, from spying for the allies to small acts of sabotage, these courageous women risked their lives to help defeat the Reich.
This is a story that needs to be told.
“an engaging account of World War Two as told through the voice of a fictional Belgian nun… fascinating and valuable.” — Donald Lystra, Author of Season of Water and Ice
“”A generous recounting of the deeds of marvelous nuns living in the midst of mortal danger. It’s also a great read!” — Father James Heft, Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California
I’ve mentioned it a few times already this year, but this seems to be the year for me to reintroduce books based on the holocaust into my life. I don’t know if it’s me subconsciously picking them due to everything going on in the world or what, but I’m honestly not mad about it. I had forgotten how moving and horrifying these stories can be. And What Did You do in the War Sister? is perhaps one of the most uniquely interesting one that I’ve read.
While this story is told through the lens of a fictitious nun, the story is based off of a real group who played a major role in the resistance. And while reading this is very clearly a story, but I found myself amazed the entire time just thinking about what actually did happen and how this group of sisters were able to help out.
While there is definitely some struggle between the religions, the survival was at the forefront of this book. People set aside their differences to help one another and in a time of great horror against humanity it is always enlightening to see others resist and protect one another.
About the Author
Dennis Turner graduated from Georgetown University in 1967 with a degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1970. He has served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and as a Magistrate-Judge. Since 1974, he has been a Professor of Law at the University Of Dayton School Of Law. During his tenure at the University of Dayton he has served as Assistant Dean, Acting Dean, Director of the Law Clinic and Director of the Legal Profession Program. The University of Dayton has awarded him its highest award for teaching, The Faculty Teaching Award. He has also received numerous Teacher of the Year Awards from the students at the University Of Dayton School Of Law and was chosen to be one of the Master Teaching Fellows for the University of Dayton. He has been a visiting professor for the University of Notre Dame London Law Program. He also has extensive experience with the British criminal justice system through his association with the barrister firm, Pump Court Chambers, in Winchester, England.
Dennis Turner is the author of many law review articles and a law text book, Steele v. Kitchener Case File. For two years, he also wrote a bi-weekly column for the Dayton Daily News entitled, On the River.
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