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Monday, October 17, 2011

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand on the life of her husband

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand last night discussed the life of her late husband, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and the struggles faced in his opposition to Nazism during its rise and fall.

"The individual person and community are ordered to one another in such a way that we will never be able to understand the true nature of community if we do not clearly acknowledge man as a spiritual person made in the image of God, and, on the other hand, that we will never do justice to the nature of the person and the fullness of his being if we do not fully understand the nature of community. Modern anti-personalism as we encounter it in Bolshevism and National Socialism does not represent a victory over liberal individualism but its ultimate and most radical consequence. Only the rehabilitation of man as a spiritual person, as a being with an immortal soul destined to eternal community with God, can save us from being dissolved into a depersonalized mass and lead us to real community." ~Dietrich von Hildebrand, from "Masse und Gemeinschaft" ("Mass and Community"), Jan. 12, 1936, in "Der christliche Ständestaat" ("The Christian Corporative State").


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