Books: Fifty-Seven Martyrs

DYING WE LIVE (285 pp.)—Pantheon ($4.50).

To read this book is to listen to the prayers of men about to die, who, dying, choose to salute not Caesar but God.

An estimated 6,000,000 Jews and untold numbers of gypsies and slave laborers perished in the racial and religious mass murder of Naziism. But there were other victims whose "crimes" were individual and matters of conscience. Here, 57 such victims, most of them German Christians, speak their last from Hitler's charnel houses; their words blend into a vox humana whose organ tone speaks of things older...

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