Caritas: Un Siècle De Charité Organisée En Alsace. la Fédération De Charité Du Diocèse De Strasbourg 1903-2003

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Caritas: un siècle de charité organisée en Alsace. La Fédération de Charité du Diocèse de Strasbourg 1903-2003. By Catherine Maurer. (Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe. 2003. Pp. 157. euro14,00.)

Works of charity are central to Christianity, and so, accordingly, one might expect that charity would figure at the center of historical studies of the Church. Histories of charitable institutions have, in fact, proliferated over the past generation, but the rationales for these works have not always been apparent. Since history is limitless, the story of an institution should not be recounted simply because it can be recounted, but because the institution made a difference in the cumulative history of its home society, culture, and nation.The subtitle of Caritas is-in English-"a Century of Organized Charity inAlsace."A historian might start on the drama of Alsace in the Europe ofWorld Wars I and II (and, before that, in the era of the Franco-Prussian war) and then proceed to the charities that responded to the trials of the period. Catherine Maurer did this in her book, Le Modèle allemand de la charité. Le Caritas de Guillaume II à Hitler (Strasbourg, 1999). But the present book is really an album presenting the history of the essentially clerical administration of La Fédération de Charité-Caritas d'Alsace. Maurer brings the talent of a historian to bear on a series of administrative records and correspondence in a tribute to the institution. …