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Dimitri's Cross: The Life & Letters of St. Dimitri Klepinin, Martyred During the Holocaust
In 1943, Father Dimitri Klepinin, an Orthodox priest serving the Russian emigre community in occupied Paris, was arrested by the Nazis for issuing false baptismal certificates to Jews. One year later, he died in the concentration camp at Dora. In 2004, he was glorified as a saint by the Orthodox Church. In this volume, his daughter lovingly tells the story of her father's ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Conciliar Press
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Compulsively readable story of St. Dimitri, written by his daughter. A significant portion was written in a second person voice, which was interesting. Having said that, his kindness, faith, and love shone through. It was also a fascinating history of the French diaspora of the church in the years following the Russian Revolution. The last section is a collection of his letters to his wife - they are wonderful reading and there were moments where I thought that the captivity didn't sound so horr ...more
A very compelling story that is hard to put down. What I didn't like, however, was how the writer changed the voice style of the narrative a couple of times. I thought this made things a bit confusing at certain points. I think it would have been better if she would have just done a straight forward narrative style throughout, without changing back and forth. That being said, the sheer weight of this fascinating story, makes up for the seemingly schizophrenic writing style, resulting in an inter ...more