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Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich (Paperback)
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Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 04/03/1996
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How did Germany's Christians respond to Nazism? Bergen addresses one important element of this response by focusing on the 600,000 self-described ""German Christians"" who sought to expunge all Jewish elements from the Christian church. In a process that became more daring as Nazi plans for genocide unfolded, this group of Protestant lay people and clergy rejected the Old Testament, ousted people defined as non-Aryans from their congregations, denied the Jewish ancestry of Jesus, and removed Hebrew words like ""Hallelujah"" from hymns. Bergen refutes the notion that the German Christians were a marginal group and demonstrates that members occupied key positions within the Protestant church even after their agenda was rejected by the Nazi leadership. Extending her analysis into the postwar period, Bergen shows how the German Christians were relatively easily incorporated into mainstream church life after 1945. Throughout the book, Bergen reveals the important role played by women and by the ideology of spiritual motherhood amid the German Christians' glorification of a ""manly"" church.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807845608
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Bergen is to be congratulated for this scholarly, well-balanced account.

"Theological Studies""


"An outstanding, stylish, and timely assessment . . . of the German Christian Movement which tried to fuse Christianity with National Socialism.

"German History""


"This is a disturbing and an important book, highly relevant for many contemporary discussions concerning theology, religion and modern culture.

"Studies in Religion""


Bergen is to be congratulated for this scholarly, well-balanced account.

"Theological Studies"


An outstanding, stylish, and timely assessment . . . of the German Christian Movement which tried to fuse Christianity with National Socialism.

"German History"


This is a disturbing and an important book, highly relevant for many contemporary discussions concerning theology, religion and modern culture.

"Studies in Religion"


A superb book.

"Choice"

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