The story of Saint Alexander of Munich, a young man executed by the Nazi government for his participation in the resistance group "White Rose". Alexander Schmorell, an ethnic Russian and devout Orthodox Christian, was recognized as a martyr and saint in 2012.
Posted by Theodore Karakostas on 16th Aug 2021
"Alexander Schmorell Saint of The German Resistance" is a truly inspiring book not only for Orthodox Christians, but for the secular world. We live today in an age when anarchy is spreading throughout the western world. Mindless destruction takes place in the name of "anti fascism" and "anti racism". Saint Alexander Schmorell and his friends whowere western Christians can give lessons on fighting fascism and racism by their heroism, bravery, and Christian
Saint Alexander and his friends lived in a world where civilization appeared to be falling apart. The Saint and his friends
were aware of the Nazi horrors in the occupied territories of Russia and Poland. They were aware of the extermination of the Jews. These very brave and noble young people did not respond through mindless violence .
They were motivated by faith as well as a desire for justice. Their weapons were the leaflets they published and distributed at great risk to themselves. Here we see the difference between Saint Alexander, a medical student and the type of young anarchists we see in western countries today. Saint Alexander following the example of Christ and the Saints did not repay evil with evil. The task that he and his group set for themselves was not to do physical harm to the Nazis, but to awaken the members of the society they lived in and to guide them along on the path of becoming aware of the evil that was all
Saint Alexander was a devout Russian Orthodox and the influence of the Church on him was immense. He sacrificed his life in the cause of saving others. His friends likewise were motived by the desire of curbing Nazi evil. The example of Saint Alexander brings to mind the writings of Saint Paul found in first Corinthians chapter 13. Love and faith were the great weapons used by Saint Alexander to fight and expose Hitler's regime.
This book should be read by Orthodox Christians. It should be required reading for students in western universities today in oder to influence young people away from the destructive and malicious ideas they are being engulfed by today. Evil takes the form of various ideologies from the extreme left to the extreme right. Orthodoxy rejects all these ideologies.
The faith of Christ guarantees victory over all evil, not secular ideologies that encourage destruction and mayhem
Posted by Unknown on 29th Jan 2018
Very inspiring to read about a young martyr of the 20th century – a 26-year-old, full of life, who gives up his life for the sake of defending Truth during Hitler's regime. In the heaviness of the time, St. Alexander and his friends find solace in faith in God, serving others, and seeking beauty through literature and the arts, which can be uplifting to a young reader of the 21st century. Highly recommend this book.
Posted by Unknown on 20th Apr 2017
Written very well. Reads like a story. Hard to put it down. Inspiring.