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Not By the Sword: How a Cantor and His Family Transformed a Klansman

Kathryn Watterson

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ISBN 10: 0803264763 / ISBN 13: 9780803264762
Published by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, N., 1995
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Not By the Sword: How a Cantor and His ...

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, N.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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Not by the Sword tells the inspiring true story of how a Jewish cantor and his family changed the life of a virulent white supremacist leader. This riveting account begins in 1991, when Cantor Michael Weisser received his first threatening phone call from Larry Trapp, Grand Dragon of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Nebraska. But Cantor Weisser and his wife, Julie, refused to be intimidated by Trapp's escalating threats. Instead, they made a stunning offer of friendship. After an emotional confrontation with the Weissers, Trapp shocked everyone—including himself—by resigning from the KKK and breaking his ties with other neo-Nazi leaders.

Not by the Sword recounts Larry Trapp’s life as a racist, his startling transformation in response to the Weissers’ kindness, and his subsequent crusade to redeem his past. Kathryn Watterson movingly describes how one family feared, fought, and then forgave a man who had tried to destroy them.

This gripping tale gives the reader an inside view of hate mongering and offers a powerful testament to the triumph of the human spirit and the transforming power of love and tolerance.

About the Author:

Kathryn Watterson teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the award-winning author of eight books, including You Must Be Dreaming (basis of the NBC movie Betrayal of Trust) and Women in Prison (basis of the ABC documentary Women in Prison).

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