"In the midst of teaching at Hunter, I had begun devoting all my free time to the writings of Dietrich von Hildebrand. This eminent European philosopher had come to the United States, totally destitute, in December 1940 at the age of fifty-one. He arrived as a refugee, having been one of the most outspoken Catholic voices raised against Hitler and German National Socialism. From the moment I met him, and began reading his works, I was convinced that God had given him an exceptional religious and philosophical mission, and I knew that he was putting these talents to God's service. Like Socrates, he could truthfully say that he was devoting his life to the pursuit of truth."