Synopses & Reviews
The conversion of Lutz Landouml;b and Jenny van Gelder from Judaism to Roman Catholicism dramatically changed the lives of the extended Landouml;b family. This scientific-historical study traces the personal and spiritual journey of Lutz and Jenny from their baptisms in 1907 through the lives of their children. The story benefits from historical documents and pieces of oral history from the only one of their eight children who survived the Nazi era, Paula van Broekhoven-Landouml;b. The abbess of Koningsoord Abbey and the abbot of Koningshoeven Abbey generously provided access to the archives of the monasteries where the seven other Landouml;b children lived as nuns and monks of the Landouml;b family.
Each chapter begins with a citation from a significant situation or event, placing the reader immediately within the lived experience of that period. Photos of the time and the family supplement the historical narrative. The secret conversion of Lutz and Jenny and their lifelong witness to their faith created a tear in the fabric of the extended family while later leading to many idealized portrayals of them and their children. It is the intent of this book to offer an accurate and balanced account, situating the Catholic Landouml;b family within their extended Jewish family, and to correct several decades of hagiography, so restoring humanity and dignity to the memories of the Landouml;b family.
[T]his volume can be recommended for its detailed portrayal of some facets of Dutch Catholic, and especially of Trappist/Trappistine, like during the interwar period.
James Flint, OSB, St. Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL, American Benedictine Review
About the Author
has worked with child welfare and served as the director of the Alcohol and Drugs Clinic in Zwolle, The Netherlands. His studies include secondary education and theology. Steffen edited Monastic Information
, the periodical published by the Benedictines and Trappists in Flanders and the Netherlands, and was one of the compilers of the book of photographs Bishop Bekkers, 1908andndash;1966: An Ardent Priestly Life
(Alphen aan de Maas, 2006). He is married and lives in Hattem, The Netherlands.
Hans Evers is a pastoral theologian specializing in the history of pastoral care. His publications include Historical References Concerning Wittem as a Place of Pilgrimage (Heerlen, 1986) and The Night Gives a Chance: Exemplary Pastoral Projects in Limburg (Gooi and Sticht, Baarn, 1991). At present, he is a pastoral caregiver in a general hospital, married, and living in Venray, The Netherlands.