scispace - formally typeset
Search or ask a question
Journal ArticleDOI

Inventing the Holocaust: A Christian's Retrospect

21 Sep 1995-Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Oxford University Press)-Vol. 9, Iss: 2, pp 173-191
About: This article is published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.The article was published on 1995-09-21. It has received 9 citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: The Holocaust.
Citations
More filters
Book
21 Apr 2003
TL;DR: The Holy Reich: some conclusions as discussed by the authors : Positive christianity: the doctrine of the time of struggle 2. Above the confessions: bridging the religious divide 3. Blood and soil: the paganist ambivalence 4. National renewal: religion and the New Germany 5. Completing the reformation: the Protestant Reich Church 6. Public need before private greed: building the people's community 7. Gottglaubig: assent of the anti-Christians?
Abstract: 1. Positive christianity: the doctrine of the time of struggle 2. Above the confessions: bridging the religious divide 3. Blood and soil: the paganist ambivalence 4. National renewal: religion and the New Germany 5. Completing the reformation: the Protestant Reich Church 6. Public need before private greed: building the people's community 7. Gottglaubig: assent of the anti-Christians? 8. The Holy Reich: some conclusions.

54 citations

Book ChapterDOI
01 Apr 2003

3 citations

Book ChapterDOI
01 Apr 2003
TL;DR: The Protestant League stands very close to the NSDAP and is consciously German and, through moral and religious power, wants to contribute to the building up of the German people as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: We all say a Lord's Prayer, we all have a Savior, we all have a Christmas celebration. The banner above both confessions is: Christianity. Hans Schemm The Protestant League stands very close to the NSDAP. It is consciously German and, through moral and religious power, wants to contribute to the building up of the German people. Hans Schemm When incorporating different strands of Christian antisemitism or socialism, Nazis spoke in undifferentiated, nonconfessional terms. In large part this was one of the very purposes of positive Christianity: to bridge the religious divide by making no specific references to a particular confessional bias. Any direct allusion to a particular theological lineage would have worked against the priority of the nation. Insofar as this allowed the NSDAP to appeal to all of Germany's Christians, it had potential as an effective political strategy. However, it was also central to the inner logic of their worldview: By appealing to what the Nazis regarded as the commonalities that joined Protestants and Catholics, they hoped to unify the nation and end a long, often bloody history of sectarianism in Germany. In this sense, the Nazis undoubtedly put the nation above confession, but in ways strikingly similar to those attempted by prior generations of German nationalists. This goal notwithstanding, the sectarian fault line that ran through German society – illustrated in conceptions of Luther and the Reformation – could be found within the Nazi movement as well.

1 citations

Book ChapterDOI
01 Jan 2003

1 citations

Book ChapterDOI
01 Jan 2003

1 citations