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The Pope and I: How the Lifelong Friendship between a Polish Jew and John Paul II Advanced Jewish-Christian Relations

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The Pope and I: How the Lifelong Friendship between a Polish Jew and Pope John Paul II Advanced the Cause of Jewish-Christian Relations

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Kluger offers up an engaging autobiographical account of his friendship with Karol Wojtyla, who grew up to become Pope John Paul II. Kluger begins in the mid-1920s in Wadowice, Poland, when the two were schoolchildren, setting the backdrop for how Jews and Catholics interacted in Poland and how hatred, fear, and misconceptions about Jews were widespread throughout Europe in the prewar period. Kluger details how he and his father, separated from their family, served in the military during World War II while many loved ones were forced to live in ghettos and were then killed in German camps. He goes on to discuss how Wojtyla and he were reunited many years later in Rome when Kluger worked there as an engineer and Wojtyla was the archbishop of Kraków participating in Vatican II. Kluger, with di Simone, seamlessly weaves together personal recollections and the concurrent history of Jewish-Christian relations. He demonstrates how both men were affected by their friendship over the years and closes with the end of their long relationship when John Paul II, affectionately known as Lolek, died in 2005. VERDICT This stirring tale is a must-read for those interested in 20th-century history, religious history, or autobiography.—Crystal Goldman, San Jose St. Univ. Lib., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759703
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,276,403
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Eugene J. Fisher vii

Preface George B. Irish xi

Chapter 1 Childhood in Wadowice 1

Chapter 2 Middle School Years 13

Chapter 3 Something is Changing 31

Chapter 4 The Prisoners of Maryjskaja 41

Chapter 5 Heaven on Earth 51

Chapter 6 From Monte Cassino to Auschwitz 59

Chapter 7 Good-Bye, Wadowice 67

Chapter 8 The Book of Memory 71

Chapter 9 A Slavic Pope 79

Chapter 10 Two Thousand Years of Hostility 91

Chapter 11 Shtetl 103

Chapter 12 Medinat Ysra'el 109

Chapter 13 Lunch With the Pope 115

Chapter 14 In the Silence of Auschwitz 121

Chapter 15 Years of Tension 127

Chapter 16 "They've Shot the Pope!" 135

Chapter 17 War in the Middle East 141

Chapter 18 A Kefia at the Vatican 149

Chapter 19 Meeting Shamir 159

Chapter 20 Convent of Discord 171

Chapter 21 The Other Side of the Tiber 179

Chapter 22 Return to Wadowice 187

Chapter 23 Israel Exists 197

Chapter 24 In Front of the Wall 205

Chapter 25 The Holy Wars 219

Chapter 26 Tanks Roll into Bethlehem 227

Chapter 27 All the Bells of the World Tolled 233

Index 241

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