Out of Step by Gisela Dewees Summary
Not all Germans acquiesced to the power and terror of Hitler and the Third Reich in WWII Germany, and not all Protestants were, as Hitler once remarked to his confidants, "insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarrassment when you talk to them." A few stood up because they believed their faith demanded it. The Resistance was, at times, a family action. Gisela Harnisch was the teenage daughter of Pastor Wilhelm Harnisch, an active member with those who opposed Hitler's state church. This is the story, told by Gisela, as she matured into womanhood and struggled with her family to do what was right rather than what was safe. This was a family who knew what it was in the 1930s and 1940s to be out of step in Germany. "This is a well-written and haunting memoir that conveys how Nazism affected the personal lives of those who opposed it. A fascinating figure, Pastor Wilhelm Harnisch was a stubborn opponent of the Nazi regime and its church allies and suffered the consequences of that throughout his ministry. Gisela Dewees's account of her father's actions and her own life gives the human, personal side of this important period of history." (Victoria Barnett, Coeditor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English edition.