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a diary about pure evil

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

One of the most amazing books to be published in the aftermath of the Second World War was a diary.

Here is how the publisher describes Kellner's journal:

This is a truly unique account of Nazi Germany at war and of one man's struggle against totalitarianism. A mid-level official in a provincial town, Friedrich Kellner kept a secret diary from 1939 to 1945, risking his life to record Germany's path to dictatorship and genocide, and to protest his countrymen's complicity in the regime's brutalities. Just one month into the war he notes how soldiers on leave spoke openly about the extermination of the Jews and the murder of POWs, while he also documents the Gestapo's merciless rule at home from euthanasia campaigns against the handicapped and mentally ill to the execution of anyone found listening to foreign broadcasts. This essential testimony of everyday life under the Third Reich is accompanied by a foreword by Alan Steinweis and the remarkable story of how the diary was brought to light by Robert Scott Kellner, Friedrich's grandson.

Wikipedia describes Kellner's purpose for keeping a diary:

He considered his diary a response to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, (My Struggle), so Kellner named his diary Mein Widerstand, meaning My Opposition. It comprises ten notebooks totaling 861 pages. Because of the many notebooks, the diary is sometimes referred to in the plural, as "diaries", but it is a single work.

One day I hope to read Kellner's diary.

As Christians we must not flinch at the reality of evil in our world, and in our hearts. We must continue to fervently pray: Our Father, who art in heaven.... deliver us from evil.... Amen.

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