Europe of the Heart: The Autobiography of Father Dominique Pire [As Told to Hugues Vehenne

Europe of the Heart: The Autobiography of Father Dominique Pire [As Told to Hugues Vehenne

Europe of the Heart: The Autobiography of Father Dominique Pire [As Told to Hugues Vehenne

Europe of the Heart: The Autobiography of Father Dominique Pire [As Told to Hugues Vehenne

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The wise men of Norway awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1958 to a Belgian Dominican, the Reverend Father Dominique Pire, for his ten years of labour in the cause of his fellow men.

A whole human forest had been laid waste in the tempests which had buffeted Europe during and after the Second World War, and at the centre of the cyclone in Austria and Germany millions of refugees, the Displaced Persons or D.P.s, were whirled about like logs in a maelstrom of human misery.

When the Nations came forward to divide these uprooted people among them, they put their wealth, skill, and practical turn of mind to devising a splendid contraption for sifting through these unfortunates.One poured dollars in one end and healthy and happy emigrants came out at the other—a good, saleable commodity.

The sieved-out residue, the Hard Core—the weak, the old, the invalid, the sick—was left behind: Europe's human surplus for whom there was no market.

These were the people Father Pire wanted to put back on their feet.He was trying to replant the forest.

The Nobel Prize was awarded to him on three counts. Firstly, because this Catholic priest had come to the aid of these unfortunate people, and carried them in his arms, without looking back to see if their souls were following. Secondly, because his work had been the spontaneously and disinterestedly heroic endeavour of a single man, who . . .

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