By Matthew D. Hockenos

This e-book heavily examines the turmoil within the German Protestant church buildings within the instant postwar years as they tried to come back to phrases with the hot previous. Reeling from the influence of battle, the church buildings addressed the results of cooperation with the regime and the remedy of Jews. In Germany, the Protestant Church consisted of 28 self sufficient neighborhood church buildings. through the Nazi years, those church buildings shaped into a variety of alliances. One crew, the German Christian Church, overtly aligned itself with the Nazis. the remaining have been carefully against the regime or attempted to stay noncommittal. the interior debates, despite the fact that, concerned each crew and founded on problems with trust that have been vital to all. very important theologians comparable to Karl Barth have been instrumental in urgent those matters ahead. whereas no longer an exhaustive learn of Protestantism in the course of the Nazi years, A Church Divided breaks new flooring within the dialogue of accountability, guilt, and the Nazi earlier.

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The Dahlemites, on the one hand, argued that the Dahlem resolutions were the logical outcome of the theological declaration made at Barmen. Barmen, they argued, laid out the Confessing Church’s theology, and Dahlem its praxis. The authors of the Barmen declaration asserted that the gospel of Jesus Christ was the one word that the church must hear and obey. The Dahlemites put this into practice by contending that the basis of the Reich church was something other than the gospel and that therefore it was their duty as true Christians to sever ties with the leadership of the Reich church and to erect new laws and bodies that corresponded with the gospel.

Hitler was furious at Niemöller’s acquittal and the international support he received as a result of the trial. He ordered Niemöller locked up and held indefinitely. After eight months in Berlin’s Moabit prison, Niemöller spent the rest of the Third Reich in Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin and after 1941 in Dachau near Munich. 75 Hitler denied his request. Although Niemöller and some of his colleagues in the Dahlem wing distinguished themselves from their conservative colleagues by openly protesting the state’s church policy, the two wings were for the most part in agreement in their support for the war once it started.

78 To add fuel to the fire, a letter by Karl Barth to a colleague in Prague, urging the Czechs to oªer the greatest possible resistance to a German invasion, was made public. The letter declared that Czechs who defended their border against the Germans would be acting not only on behalf of “freedom . . ”79 Later, Barth explained that he was not encouraging the Czechs to go to war against Germany in the name of the church but rather to resist the expansion of National Socialism in order to spare the Czech churches the ordeal that had befallen the German churches.

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