I SURRENDER: A Memoir of Chile's Dictatorship 1975

By Kathleen Osberger


In September 1973 a CIA-assisted coup overthrew the democratically-elected president of Chile, ushering in the Pinochet dictatorship. In 1975, Kathleen Osberger, a recent graduate and lay volunteer from Notre Dame, left for Santiago to teach in a Catholic grade school. Upon arrival, she was told a secret: the religious women she would live with sheltered dissidents in the cross-hairs of Pinochet’s secret police. Given the ever-tightening vise over the citizenry, brave and prophetic people reached out to protect the dissidents’ lives in a world without due process and where detention, torture, disappearance, and death reigned. Soon, Osberger is handed a blindfold, a warrant, and must go on the run. I Surrender depicts the solidarity of the Chilean people and the transformational role of nuns and priests dedicated to serving the poor and persecuted.

Cover Art: Marcha de Mujeres Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos (AFDD),
Victoria Díaz Caro, Artesana, Colección de Isabel Morel de Letelier. Museo de la
Memoria y Derechos Humanos. Special Permission granted by the Museo de la Memoria
y Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile.All rights reserved




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