- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612540554
- ISBN-13: 978-1612540559
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,449,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Hitler's Priest Hardcover – June 12, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
''Hitler's Priest, a captivating novel, offers its readers more than an eyeopening and potent story: this book contains profound observations and unforgettable life lessons. Thank you, S. J. Tagliareni, for giving us this important novel.'' --Arthur Kurzweil, American author, educator, editor, writer, publisher, and illusionist
''Hitler's Priest is a stunning novel with many fascinating twists and turns.'' --Joseph J. Pittelli, MD, Former executive VP, Wyeth Pharmaceutical
''A gripping story of treachery, heroism, and life-altering choices.'' --Aaron T. Beck, MD, Institute for Cognitive Therapy
“When one is drawn closer to evil, at what point do you react and try to pull away? Hitler's Priest is a novel that delves into the nature of humanity when faced with the evil of the Holocaust. S. J. Tagliareni, an ex-Catholic priest, provides a different perspective on the Catholic involvement in the Holocaust. Hitler's Priest is riveting and very hard to put down, highly recommended.” -Midwest Book Review, July 2012
From the Inside Flap
Viktor Frankl was once asked, How can you not hate the Nazis? His reply? They took my family, my homeland, my occupation, and my freedom. If I hated them I would have nothing left of my humanity. Love is more powerful than hate.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-4 of 63 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
As a former parish priest himself who studied in Rome and later in Vienna with Dr. Viktor Frankel, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, Tagliareni offers unsparing insight into the ethical dilemmas that faced bishops, cardinals and the Pope himself as they attempted to protect the Church, not so much as a moral compass but as an institution with its own legacy of anti-Semitism.
His profiles in courage – a small-town mayor and his co-conspiring townspeople, an upper-level Gestapo officer finally standing up for principle, a parish priest and his long-time friend the village rabbi protecting targeted Jews, partisans operating the length of Italy – are offset by closely developed portrayals of Minister of Propoganda Josef Goebbels and his rabid acolytes. The center of the plot swirls around the complex, compelling and repellant title character and his inner evolution.
At the heart of this well-crafted, sparingly told novel is the question: which side are you on, and what are you to do in the face of such monstrous darkness? Though World War II ended more than 70 years ago, the philosophical and political forces at play here are all too contemporary, and demand our attention: what side are WE on? Tagliareni – from whom I learned a great deal as my parish priest and high school teacher – has given us a suspenseful, engrossing, sprawling look at some of our most shameful and inspiring actions, that has a lot to teach us all today.
History tells the story very well and there are holocaust survivors still living and enough of us who still remember the liberation of the death camps. However, it takes the gift of art to put a human face on the inhumanity and horror of these events. Painting, sculpture, music, poetry, and fiction emphasize that the events of the Holocaust are not just chapters in our history but events that resulted in the extermination of millions of Jews, intellectuals, clergy of every denomination, and all political dissidents throughout Europe. These are faces millions of people who were tortured and murdered.
Salvatore Tagliareni adds to that tradition of great art with his historical novel, Hitler's Priest. The tale begins in northern Italy with brothers who experience a tragic hunting accident when the younger of the two loses his arm when his hunting rifle misfired. The scene moves to Passeau, Austria, where a brilliant young multilingual architect, Hans Keller, comes under the influence of Josef Goebbels and the Minister of Propaganda's total capitulation to Hitler's vision for a renewed Germany. After confirming Keller's allegiance to the mad vision of Hitler, Goebbels recruits him to accept ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood in order to be Hitler's mole inside the Vatican.
Italy was under the influence of Germany through an alliance with the Italian Facist leader, Benito Mussolini. The Vatican had a concordat with Germany to try to protect the property of the Church. As the story evolves, the Vatican City State is caught between a rock and a hard place, the hatred of Nazism and the real threat to the people of the entire world. The Final Solution to exterminate Jews came to Italy late in the war and was stalled to some degree by stereotypical Italian intransigence that drove the Nazi's crazy until they threatened to exterminate whole villages.
Tagliarini brilliantly interweaves the lives of his characters all of whom have a significant role in the story. The characters are good, evil, and a mixture of both. The story details some of the atrocities of the Third Reich with such descriptive prose that I had to stop reading to wipe away tears.
I have one disclaimer. Sal Tagliareni is my friend of more than forty years and we shared our student days and our association in Church ministry. He studied at Rome and enjoyed the confidence and mentorship of the great psychotherapist, Victor Frankl, whose famous work, Man's Search for Meaning, grew from his own holocaust experience where he is the lone survivor from his entire family within the death camps. Sal's story does honor to his mentor. This book is not only a "must read" but should be shelved in every household so the story can be revisited, and passed on the children, grandchildren, and generations yet to come. We must never forget. Read this book. Your life will be enriched by it.