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How does a person become Hitler’s enemy number one? Not through espionage or violence, it turns out, but by striking fearlessly at the intellectual and spiritual roots of National Socialism. 

Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who devoted the full force of his intellect to breaking the deadly spell of Nazism that ensnared so many of his beloved countrymen. 

His story might well have been lost to us were it not for this memoir he penned in the last decades of his life at the request of his wife, Alice von Hildebrand. In My Battle against Hitler, covering the years from 1921 to 1938, von Hildebrand tells of the scorn and ridicule he endured for sounding the alarm when many still viewed Hitler as a positive and inevitable force. He expresses the sorrow of having to leave behind his home, friends, and family in Germany to conduct his fight against the Nazis from Austria. He recounts how he defiantly challenged Nazism in the public square, prompting the German ambassador in Vienna to describe him to Hitler as “the architect of the intellectual resistance in Austria.” And in the midst of all the danger he faced, he conveys his unwavering trust in God, even during his harrowing escape from Vienna and his desperate flight across Europe, with the Nazis always just one step behind. 

Dietrich von Hildebrand belongs to the very earliest anti-Nazi resistance. His public statements led the Nazis to blacklist him already in 1921, long before the horrors of the Third Reich and more than twenty-three years before the famous assassination attempt on Hitler in July 1944. His battle would culminate in the countless articles he published in Vienna, a selection of which are featured in this volume. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is but one man who can stand with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, both in intellectual brilliance and in bravery toward the Nazis; that man is Dietrich von Hildebrand. I am privileged to strongly recommend this important book as a superb introduction to this great hero of the faith. May it spawn a new generation of devotees and champions of his extraordinary thought and life.”

    Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Miracles

  • “Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs give us an inroad into the soul of another German.”

    Rocco Buttiglione, Italian statesman

  • “I strongly recommend this memoir as a testimony to the transforming influence of the lay vocation at work in the world, exemplified in Dietrich von Hildebrand.”

    Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Catholic archbishop of Washington, DC

  • “[An] inspirational account…The translation, arrangement, and selection are all nicely done and a tribute to a man who inspired Catholics and humanists as he embarked on his second, academic career in the United States…A philosophical and intellectual exposition that adds a new voice to the record of German resistance.”

    Library Journal

  • “The edited journals of a fearless anti-Nazi philosophy professor and theologian in Munich reveal exceptionally brave activism and resistance…In his chronicles from 1921 to 1937, he delineates his growing alarm at the rise and violence of the Nazis and their tenets of nationalism, militarism, collectivism, and anti-Semitism…Crosby also includes several of von Hildebrand’s stringent essays from the 1930s. Startlingly prescient words from a moral crusader during a perilous time.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Michael Page re-creates the tension and drama of the intellectual battle for control of Germany leading up to WWII. Page conveys a heightened awareness of the stakes in the war leading up to the war with his pregnant pauses and steely tone, underscoring that this is the battle for the future of a nation. Not only does Page deliver von Hildebrand’s memoir well, but his abilities also bring this little known ‘mein kampf’ to life for a new generation to appreciate.”


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About the Author

Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889–1977) was the son of renowned German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand. His opposition to Hitler and Nazism was so outspoken that he was forced to flee Germany in 1933 and later across Europe, finally settling in New York City in 1940, where he taught at Fordham University until 1960. He was the author of dozens of books, in both German and English, with seminal writings on marriage, Christian philosophy, and the evil of anti-Semitism.