The pope and his Jewish friend

Gian Franco Svidercoschi

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€ 10,00
Publisher: Cairo Editore
Collection: Storie
Pages: 128
ISBN/EAN: 978-88-6052-520-8

Synopsis
This is a marvellous story, so lovely it seems to spring from a writer’s imagination. Instead, it is a true story about two youngsters, a Christian and a Jew, the closest of friends, who grew up together during the Twenties and Thirties in the small Polish city of Wadowice, The school, their schoolmates, the teachers, the crushes, the friendships and the enmities are those of two normal young boys, but the time they are living in is not normal. Anti-Semitism, the Nazi occupation, war and deportations will change their lives forever. Still, the bond between them and their shared memories will turn out to be stronger than anything else, and that is how after so many years Karol Wojtyla and his childhood friend, Jerzy Kluger, are face to face once again. This meeting between a Catholic and a Jew will become a universal message about a possible dialogue.

The author
Gian Franco Svidercoschi, a journalist since 1959, has followed for more than fifty years religious and Vatican events. He has worked in press agencies, on newspapers, radio and TV, and as a screenwriter. A witness to numerous events, from the changeover of seven Popes to the Vatican Council II, he was vice-director of L’Osservatore Romano, and has collaborated with John Paul II in the writing of Dono e Mistero (Lev, 1996). Among his publications are Una vita con Karol, and Ho vissuto con un santo (Rizzoli, 2007, 2013), written together with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Cracow and former secretary of Pope Wojtyla.

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