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A Church Divided
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This book closely examines the turmoil in the German Protestant churches in the immediate postwar years as they attempted to come to terms with the recent past. Reeling from the impact of war, the churches addressed the consequences of cooperation with the regime and the treatment of Jews. In Germany, the Protestant Church consisted of 28 autonomous regional churches. During the Nazi years, these churches formed into various alliances. One group, the German Christian Church, openly aligned itself with the Nazis. The rest were cautiously opposed to the regime or tried to remain noncommittal. The internal debates, however, involved every group and centered on issues of belief that were important to all. Important theologians such as Karl Barth were instrumental in pressing these issues forward. While not an exhaustive study of Protestantism during the Nazi years, A Church Divided breaks new ground in the discussion of responsibility, guilt, and the Nazi past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. The Church: Struggle Ecclesiastical, Political, and Theological Disunity in the Third Reich
  2. pp. 15-41
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  1. 2. Representations of the Nazi Past in Early 1945
  2. pp. 42-62
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  1. 3. Guilt from Another World: Guilt, Repentance, and Forgiveness in the Year Zero
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. 4. The Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt: Religious Confession, Freedom Charter, or Another Versailles?
  2. pp. 75-100
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  1. 5. The Guilt of the Others: Bishop Wurm’s Letter to English Christians
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. 6. On the Political Course of Our People
  2. pp. 118-134
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  1. 7. The Church and Antisemitism
  2. pp. 135-152
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  1. 8. A Ray of Light in Their Darkness: The Church and Anti-Judaism
  2. pp. 153-170
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 186-193
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  1. APPENDIX 1. Theological Declaration of Barmen: (Confessing Church, May 1934)
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. APPENDIX 2. Message to the Pastors: (Brethren Council, August 1945)
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. APPENDIX 3. Message to the Congregations: (Treysa Conference, August 1945)
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. APPENDIX 4. Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt: (Evangelical Church of Germany council, October 1945)
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. APPENDIX 5. To the Christians in England: Bishop Wurm, 14 December 1945
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. APPENDIX 7. Message Concerning the Jewish Question: (Council of Brethren of the Evangelical Church, Darmstadt, April 8, 1948)
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. APPENDIX 8. Statement on the Jewish Question: (Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany,Berlin-Weissensee, April 27, 1950)
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 210-234
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 235-260
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 261-269
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