Extraordinary Woman's Letters Witness Germany's Descent Into
of the Chief Justice of South Africa and married into the
illustrious family of Helmuth von Moltke, Germany's greatest
military hero, Dorothy von Moltke penned frequent letters
to her parents that capture the life of the elite on a large
estate in Silesia, formerly part of Germany and now part
of Poland. The letters poignantly describe living through
World War I, the devastating inflation of the Weimar Period,
and the rise of Nazism as armed militias clashed in the
streets of Berlin and Hitler became der Führer.
letters also show Count and Countess von Moltke actively
participating in the explosive growth of Christian Science
in Germany, including going to Boston in 1911 to translate
the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with
Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, into German.
The letters reveal how they instilled in their children
the liberal values that led their eldest son, Helmuth James
von Moltke, to found the anti-Nazi Kreisau Circle, for which
he was hanged in 1945. The Moltkes' idealism is perpetuated
in The Kreisau Foundation for Mutual Understanding on the
family's former estate, where young people learn the art
of waging peace.
Read the fascinating introduction
by the author on how this book
came to be.
reasons why the letters of
Dorothy von Moltke are important