Betrayal : German Churches and the Holocaust

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Pub. Date: 1999-07-01
Publisher(s): Augsburg Fortress Pub
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In this cooperative venture with the U.S. Holocaust Museum, leading scholars in the field place the Nazi era in full historical perspective. This book is a broad overview of the Protestant and Catholic responses, including the institutional churches, the theological faculties, and theologians, such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Joseph Lortz. Included are assessments of the German Christian movement, the Confessing Church, the German Catholic church, the Vatican, and the free churches. Various responses -- villians, heroes, equivocators -- are highlighted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
1 Introduction
Robert P. Ericksen
Susannah Heschel
2 Assessing the Heritage: German Protestant Theologians, Nazis, and the "Jewish Question"
Robert P. Ericksen
3 Storm Troopers of Christ: The German Christian Movement and the Ecclesiastical Final Solution
Doris L. Bergen
4 When Jesus Was an Aryan: The Protestant Church and Antisemitic Propaganda
Susannah Heschel
5 The Confessing Church and Antisemitism: Protestant Identity, German Nationhood, and the Exclusion of Jews
Shelley Baranowski
6 Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hitler's Persecution of the Jews
Kenneth C. Barnes
7 Pius XII, the Jews, and the German Catholic Church
Guenter Lewy
8 Joseph Lortz and a Catholic Accommodation with National Socialism
Michael B. Lukens
9 Post-Holocaust Theology: German Theological Responses since 1945
Micha Brumlik
Notes 189(31)
Index 220(4)
Contributors 224

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