Longyear Museum Welcomes Author

December 06, 2013

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, more than 100 guests gathered in the Longyear Portrait Gallery for a book talk on Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest: The Letters of Dorothy von Moltke (Nebadoon Press, November 2013). Author Catherine R. Hammond and special guest Helmuth Caspar von Moltke, grandson of Dorothy von Moltke, read excerpts from the book. Miss Hammond shared engaging anecdotes about her experiences researching and writing the book, and both presenters answered questions from the audience. After the program, attendees enjoyed refreshments and could have their books signed.

At the end of this article, Longyear is happy to present a video recording of the November 17 program.

Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest is available for purchase from Longyear Museum in our online Museum Store; by telephone at 800.277.8943, ext. 100; in our Store at the Museum; and by mail: Longyear Museum Store, 1125 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA  02467.   

About This Book
Island of Peace in an Ocean of Unrest
presents the letters of Countess Dorothy von Moltke, who was married to Helmuth von Moltke, grandnephew of Germany’s great military hero of the same name. It is the culmination of eight years' research by the author while she was employed at Longyear Museum.The letters capture the life of the elite on a large estate in Silesia and poignantly describe living through World War I, the Weimar Period, and the rise of Nazism. They provide also an intimate view of the Moltke's eldest son, German resistance hero Helmuth James von Moltke, who was hanged by the Nazis in 1945. Part Two of the book tells the story of the Moltke's life in Christian Science, including going to Boston in 1911 to translate Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, into German; the Count's work as a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in Berlin; and his service as Committee on Publication for Germany from 1928 to 1933.

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