In the Lion's Den

In the Lion's Den : The Life of Oswald Rufeisen

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Few lives shed more light on the complex relationship between Jews and Christians during and after the Holocaust that that of teenage Polish Jew, Oswald Rufeisen. Fluent in German, Rufeisen became a translator for the Nazi gendamerie, using his position to pass secret information about impending 'aktions'. When denounced, he was smuggled into a Carmelite convent by his sympathetic German commander, and later fought as a Soviet partisan. He converted to Catholicism and became a priest, but the now Father Daniel still insisted on the automatic Israeli citizenship granted to Jews, and fought for his right throughout the 1960s. This stirring biography also reflects the intricate connections between good and evil, cruelty and compassion, and tolerance and prejudice in this critical era of Jewish history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6 pp halftones
  • 019503905X
  • 9780195039054

Review quote

'We owe a profound debt of gratitude to Professor Tec for painstakingly weaving her many hours of personal interviews with a somewhat reluctant Rufeisen into a moving, passionate narrative with all the earmarks of a good novel. It provides us with a powerful glimpse into the actual conditions of life in Eastern Europe during the Nazi era. In the Lion's Den deserrves a wide audience. It reveals Nechama Tec as a thoroughly accomplished literary writer as well as a sound scholar. Most of all, it shows her a profoundly sensitive Holocaust survivor, for only such a person could have captured and integrated Brother Daniel's reflections with as much intensity and depth as this volume conveys.' John T. Pawlikowski, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1991 'An admirable book, wrought seamlessly from solid archival research and Rufeisen's own harrowing recollections.' Observershow more

About Nechama Tec

Author of When Light Pierced the Darkness and Dry Tearsshow more

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