The Confession of St. Peter – Homily

Pastor Mason Beecroft, 01/18/2009

Karl Stern was a prominent Jewish neuropsychiatrist, born and raised in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century. He had a wonderful childhood in a small, idyllic town in Bavaria, but things changed as the Nazis came to power. At the time, Dr. Stern was quite the scholar and academic. In 1932, he received a prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship at the German Institute for Psychiatry in Munich. He was a member of the academic elite: his friends and associates were Nobel Prize winners, scientists, artists and doctors. As the Nazi storm cloud gathered over Germany, he moved his family to London in 1935, then to Montreal in 1939, thus escaping almost certain death in the brutally efficient death camps. Not all of his family, friends, and colleagues, however, were so blessed…

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