Why was Hitler consumed with hatred for this German Catholic stigmatist?
Because at the height of the Nazi terror, the tremendous faith she inspired among Catholics posed a mortal threat to Hitler’s regime.
Consider: for more than 20 years she lived without food or even water, sustained only by Holy Communion—a fact confirmed by medical experts. On 35 Fridays each year she received mystic visions in which she suffered the Passion of Christ—receiving also His five wounds. And, with her gift for “expiatory” suffering, in which she took on the illnesses and sufferings of others, she was the instrument of dozens of miracles and cures.
As her fame grew, so did the Nazi’s obsession with her. Yet their efforts to kill her were repeatedly thwarted by ordinary citizens. She escaped unharmed when Nazi tanks turned their guns on her home village of Konnersreuth. Once the war was over, more than 12,000 Allied soldiers flocked to see her, many testifying to her stigmata and mystic ecstasies. One Jewish officer was inspired to convert after seeing one of her Good Friday visions.
This riveting book, first published in 1947, is the most reliable biography of Therese Neumann, based on extensive testimony by family, friends, and by some skeptics whose minds were changed. Author A.P. Shimberg, an editor for Milwaukee’s Catholic Herald Citizen, also relied on the extensive research of Therese’s German chronicler, Dr. Fritz Gerlich, who was murdered by the Gestapo.
- 15-day period of observation by doctors who confirmed Therese’s ability to live without water
- Her extraordinary visions of Gospel events—including architecture, dress, manners, even language. What one expert testified about her detailed knowledge of the temple in Jerusalem
- Could she have taken food in secret? One doctor searched for telltale signs—but here’s what convinced him she was honest
- Her ecstasies: “awe-inspiring, soul-gripping spectacles which have made Konnersreuth a place of unforgettable experiences.” many of which are recounted here by eyewitnesses
- Linguists confirm her accurate use, during her visions, of Aramaic and other foreign languages she had never learned
- GIs’ eyewitness reports
- Army doctor explains why “the greatest tragic actress in the world” could not have faked Therese’s suffering
- Therese’s gift for taking on others’ sickness so they may be cured
- Her other gifts—including bilocation, discernment of relics, seeing her guardian angel and others’ seeing into past and future
- Why was the wound in her side directly over her heart instead of where Christ was pierced with the lance?
- Moment-to-moment account of her vision of the Passion of Our Lord by a bishop who was present
- Therese’s healings analyzed in light of Aquinas’ three degrees of miracles
- Her reaction when, in an ecstatic state that rendered her temporarily blind, a picture of Hitler was put in her hand
- What she saw during her ecstasies during Holy Communion
- American bishop describes the moment he was first ushered into Therese’s room
- A brief history of stigmatists
- How Therese’s visions conformed to the liturgical calendar
- The “unsparing realism” of her visions of the Passion—more vivid and moving than the liveliest imagination could conjure
- Her early years: the long ordeal of sickness and blindness and the miraculous cures
- Are here natural explanations for Therese’s visions and miracles?
- How Therese’s visions “have met the test of spiritual results”
- Her last-minute escape from a fiery death as Nazi tanks bombarded her town
- Her other visions, of joy and glory—including the triumph of the Risen Christ, His ascent into heaven, events in the lives of the Blessed Virgin and other saints
SEVERAL RARE PHOTOS
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1947