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Under the Gun: West German and Austrian Latter-day Saints in World War II

Published by the Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in cooperation with Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah


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ISBN: 978-0-8425-2798-9

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Cover and page design by Jonathon Owen. Page layout by Jonathon Owen and Jeff Wade.

On the cover: Ingrid (left) and Isolde Reger of the Saarbrücken Branch survey the ruins of their home shortly after the war. (Ingrid Reger Rankin)


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


Minert, Roger P. (Roger Phillip), 1952– author.

Under the gun : West German and Austrian Latter-day Saints in World War II / Roger P. Minert.

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Includes index.

ISBN 978-0-8425-2798-9 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Mormons—Germany (West)—Biography. 2. Mormons—Austria—Biography. 3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—Germany (West)—History—20th century. 4. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—Austria—History—20th century. 5. World War, 1939–1945—Religious aspects—Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 6. World War, 1939–1945—Personal narratives, German. 7. World War, 1939–1945—Personal narratives, Austrian. 8. Germany (West)—Church history—20th century. 9. Austria—Church history—20th century.  I. Title.


BX8693.M56 2011