The idea has been widely circulated in fictional spy novels and movies, notably Frederick Forsyth 's best-selling thriller The Odessa File. The routes are also called ratlines. The goal was to allow the SS members to escape to Argentina, or the Middle East under false passports. Though an unknown number of wanted Nazis and war criminals did in fact escape Europe, the existence of an organisation called ODESSA is rejected by most experts. Heinrich Himmler's secret service had prepared an escape route in Madrid in
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Examination of Conscience and Guide to the Sacrament of Confession
The report features his eyewitness testimony. It was used as evidence in the Nuremberg Trials. When Gerstein surrendered to the French Commandant in the occupied town of Reutlingen on 22 April he was sent to the town of Rottweil where he was placed under "honorable captivity" and given accommodation in the Hotel Mohren. There he composed his report, first in French and then in German. He attended universities in Marburg , Aachen and Berlin , receiving an engineering degree in During his studies he was active in the Protestant youth movements. He joined the Nazi Party in May
Into That Darkness (An Examination of Conscience)
Based on 70 hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, commandant of Treblinka the largest of the five Nazi extermination camps , this book bares the soul of a man who continually found ways to rationalize his role in Hitler's final solution. The scene is Treblinka; the character is Franz Stangl. The theme is the mass extermination of men, women and children.
See also other "Year of Faith" articles. We have seen, in the first article about this sacrament, that three things are necessary for its valid celebration: contrition for the sins one has committed; confession to a priest of all serious sins; and satisfaction of the penance which is asked of the penitent. When we use such terms, we should be clear about just what we are talking about. Put simply, conscience is the faculty within us that tells us, at any given moment, to do good and to avoid evil. It calls for a certain interiority, as the Catechism puts it in No.