EXILED PILGRIM by William Hubben


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The progress of a pilgrim from Rome to the American Society of Friends. (In itself, this seems to be a reversal of the usual religious autobiography.) The time span carries through the first World War in Germany, as Hubben, brought up in a Rhineland village, moves to a big city, then -- after the war -- goes to a country district school to teach. There he learned to know the Friends through their work in feeding German children. From Catholicism of his youth, to pacifism, then to The Society of Friends -- a fine brief for the Quaker philosophy and the Friends' evaluation of the great failures among the nations which led into the present conflict. In addition to being an unusual religious autobiography, it is source material on the growth of the Hitler power, on the cultivation of the seeds of imperialism in the minds of German youth, on the resentments of the common soldier, on the brutality to various groups designed to develop supplies of explosive hate, on the cult of Kaiserism, of Hitlerism, of the Youth Movement as a substitute for religion, on the sadism of Nazism, as evidenced by state killings of mental defectives. An unusual book.

Publisher: Macmillan