Johannes & Dorothea von Moltke

Our friends and neighbors at Goethe Popup Seattle present this program devoted to the recent English language publication of Last Letters: The Prison Correspondence, 1944-45 (New York Review of Books Classics). These are letters between imprisoned Nazi resistance leader Helmuth James von Moltke, who would be executed in January 1945 and his wife Freya von Moltke, smuggled between them by the prison chaplain. This book is edited by their son, retired lawyer Helmuth Caspar von Moltke; their granddaughter, bookseller Dorothea von Moltke, and their grandson, professor Johannes von Moltke, translated by Shelley Frisch, and with an afterword by Rachel Seiffert. It is expected that it will be Dorothea von Moltke and Johannes von Moltke that will present this program.

Last Letters documents what the Song of Songs calls ‘love as strong as death,’ or even stronger: the unbreakable connection between two courageous people who managed to maintain faith and love in nearly unimaginable circumstances.” —Elaine Pagels.

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Last Letters: The Prison Correspondence between Helmuth James and Freya von Moltke, 1944-45 Cover Image
By Helmuth Caspar von Moltke (Editor), Johannes von Moltke (Editor), Dorothea von Moltke (Editor), Shelley Frisch (Translated by), Rachel Seiffert (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781681373812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - September 17th, 2019

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
Virtually Hosted by the Thomas Mann Center
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