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: Elena Perekrestov
Copyright Holy Trinity Publications
The Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra (the Cave Monastery) is one of the spiritual symbols of Ukraine. It personifies the nation's soul and the country's historical way. Lavra is the place of the first Christian ascetics, the ancient center of chronicle-writing, icon-painting, literary actives and printing. The Kiev-Pechersky Paterikon is the most outstanding literary work written by the Lavra monks.
Glorious Paterikon, as the first hagiographical historical work, has played an outstanding role in the Christian spirituality formation of Orthodox Slavdom.
The righteous lives of Kiev-Pechersk saints of the 11-13th centuries, assembled in Paterikon chapters, have served as a spring of Christian holiness and pure deep religious conscience for many pious and God-loving people. They have been a model and criterion of truth, the way to salvation and spiritual perfection for the past 900 years.