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Overview How did the churches respond to National Socialism? Were they victims of th regime, persecuted by a government that sought here also a final solution, the elimination of Christianity? Or did improtant elements within the churches seek accommodation? This book is a broad overview of the Protestant and Cathlolic churches, with attention to the institutional churches, the theological faculties, and individual theologians, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Joseph Lortz. Included are assessments of the German Christian movement, the Confessing church, the Germen Catholic church, the Vatican, and the free churches. Various responses--villians, heroes, equivocators--are highlighted.
Publishers Description Important and insightful essays provide a penetrating assessment of Christian responses in the Nazi era.
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More About Robert P. Ericksen & Susannah Heschel
Robert P. Ericksen is Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University. Ericksen is also a Fellow of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Kirchliche Zeitgeschicte (Contemporary Church History) and Association of Contemporary Church Historians. Ericksen is the author of Theologians under Hitler: Gerhard Kittel, Paul Althaus and Emanuel Hirsch (1985) and co-editor of Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (1999).
Robert P. Ericksen has an academic affiliation as follows - Pacific Lutheran University, Washington.
Chilling expose of Anti-semitism in the Church Oct 12, 1999
Half a century after the Holocaust, surely it is time for those of us who are Christian to face, acknowledge, and examine the truly horrifying streams of anti-semitism that have been part of even "main stream" Christianity for so long. This is a virtually untold history that will shock almost all readers who think of themselves as Chritians, and it should. It is probably the least well known aspect of the Third Reich, and raises very sensitive issues about Christian theologies (and theologians) which have been unable or unwilling to learn from this history. From the startling photograph on the cover, to the last page, this book is a powerful wake-up call!