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Eva Hermann's In Prision Yet Free
Ewbank felt led to post Eva's testimony of her WWII experience in German Nazi prisons on HRG's website. Her's is a moving story which he introduces more or less as follows:
Eva Hermann was raised as an intellectual Lutheran who married a German Judge. They had children and were converts to Quakerism. In 1939 Thomas Kelly, the American Quaker who wrote "Testament of Devotion" came to Germany and she heard him deliver a talk. Her scientific perspective prompted rejection of the spirituality of Kelly's message. But subsequently, confinement in a series of Nazi prisons during the war transformed her outlook. After her release at the end of the war she wrote a testimony of her experiences and read it aloud to the Yearly Meeting of German Quakers.
A few decades later, reviewing her testimony, she wanted no changes in what she had written, nor to its English translation. Her tract, "In Prison Yet Free," clarifies how hardship and compassion among the prison's inmates stimulated spiritual perspectives. This commonly experienced phenomenon has relevance to all persons whose lives are framed by hardship and persecution.
While Ewbank avoids promoting any "proselytizing" message, Eva's message is so "inclusive" and meaningful for people of every faith – and lack thereof – that he felt he could offer it to HRG website visitors without any suggestion of impinging on that policy.