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De-Nazification and the German Christian Movement: An Brief Case Study from the Archives

Although the de-Nazification of the German Protestant Churches in post-War Germany is an area that warrants ongoing research, much of the extant scholarly material demonstrates that the theologians and pastors associated with the pro-Nazi German Christian movement (s) tended to … Continue reading

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German Anti-Semitism in Context Part 6: Houston Stewart Chamberlain

This will be my final instalment for this series. Thanks for reading, and a special thanks to those who got in contact! Houston Stewart Chamberlain represents an important link between the völkisch anti-Semitism of the late 19th century and the … Continue reading

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German Anti-Semitism in Context Part 4: Adolf Stoecker

Stoecker was born in the Saxon town of Halberstadt within the Kingdom of Prussia. A child of humble, working-class origins, Stoecker showed enough intellectual promise that he was eventually sent to Halberstadt University where he commenced his training to become … Continue reading

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Nazi Show Trials and the Politics of Condemnation

Roland Freisler was one of the more unsavoury personalities of the Third Reich-era. This achievement was no small feat given his competition: Himmler, Bormann, Goebbels and Streicher were all strong contenders in the crappy personality department. Nevertheless, Freisler occupied a … Continue reading

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Writing Passionate History: The Example of Jules Isaac

Must the writing of history always be undertaken in a spirit of cold detachment, or is there a legitimate place for the use of passion as a guiding force in the pursuit of historical inquiry? Traditional wisdom would suggest that … Continue reading

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Die Botschaft Gottes: A Translation of Introductory Material

In 1940, theologians from the Jena-based Institute for the Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life published an edited version of New Testament titled Die Botschaft Gottes(The Message of God). [1] The purpose of the translation was to offer German Christians … Continue reading

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Why Study the Nazi Church?

I have recently been asked on several occasions why I have decided to dedicate the next three years of my life to studying for a Ph.D. focussing the Lutheran State Church under Nazi rule. The question is asked by those … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Contextualising Theology

In his book Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, Daniel L. Migliore writes that ‘all theology is contextual.’ (1) By this Migliore refers to the now well-established notion of theological work being the result of an interaction between … Continue reading

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