HOLDING THE STIRRUP by Elisabeth von Guttenberg


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The fragrant charm of womanly sentiment and spiritual devotion pervades this memoir of a German aristocrat, widow of Enoch von Guttenberg, who attempted to set up a Bavarian monarchy in face of the Hitler threat; she was a relative of Claus Stauffenber, who attempted to assassinate Hitler through the resistance movement. Her story is highly personal, and she dwells openly on her long, deep romance with her husband and on the estates where they lived, on her family and her friend Real Neumann, a peasant girl who had received the stigmata and whose contact made Elisabeth find a firmer, broader faith. The book receives a transfusion of greater intensity and interest when the author describes the war years, the attempts to resist Hitler and to fight for a holy rather than an unholy Germany, and the great losses the country and especially this leading anti-Nazi group incurred. Devotion and devoutness mark this especially for Catholic women.

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 1952
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce