The resistance group known to the Gestapo as the »Kreisau Circle« brought together men whose social origins as well as political and religious convictions were equally diverse, in order to establish a
common foundation for a Germany that would succeed the Nazi dictatorship.
The Jesuit Alfred Delp made considerable contributions to this circle’s efforts. His conceptions for reconstructing state and society after Hitler’s fall constitute the subject of the present
study by Michael Pope.
In Pope’s analysis, Delp’s reflections on reorganizing Germany’s state, social relations, and economy emerged out of his critique of the times, as well as his anthropological and
historical-philosophical insights, particularly concerning the social order and natural law as determined by Church teachings. Despite holding such ideologically unequivocal positions, Delp gained
considerable influence over the Kreisau Circle’s work as a whole. He succeeded in winning acceptance for Catholic positions such as solidarism and natural law among Protestant and socialist
collaborators, so that these could became foundations of the circle’s reorganization plans.
Of even greater significance than Delp’s influence in the pluralistic dialogue of Kreisau, however, is the fact that he died for his convictions. Delp’s thought and
the ideals to which his life bore testimony received their ultimate validation in his martyrdom at Plötzensee.