Roger P. Minert. Provo, Utah: Brigham Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009. Hardbound, 8.5×11″, 545 pages.
This long-awaited, 545 page volume contains riveting stories of many of the 7,600 members of the LDS Church in East Germany. These Saints found themselves in a precarious situation when World War II broke out in September 1939. They were compelled to live under the tyranny of Nazi Germany and thus to participate in offensive and defensive military actions. The story of how they lived—and died—under those conditions has never been told.
In Harm’s Way brings together the powerful accounts of hundreds of Church members, preserved in personal interviews, journals, letters, and photographs. Their stories of joy and suffering are presented in this book against the background of the rise and collapse of the Third Reich. Readers will be amazed at the faith and dedication demonstrated by these Saints, young and old, military and civilian. The Religious Studies Center at BYU has printed a limited number of copies of the book, so order early to ensure you get copies before they are all sold out.