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The acquiescence of the German Protestant churches in Nazi oppression and murder of Jews is well documented. In this book, Christopher J. Probst demonstrates that a significant number of German theologians and clergy made use of the 16th-century writings by Martin Luther on Jews and Judaism to reinforce the racial antisemitism and religious anti-Judaism already present among Protestants. Focusing on key figures, Probst's study makes clear that a significant number of pastors, bishops, and theologians of varying theological and political persuasions employed Luther's texts with considerable effectiveness in campaigning for the creation of a "de-Judaized" form of Christianity. Probst shows that even the church most critical of Luther's anti-Jewish writings reaffirmed the antisemitic stereotyping that helped justify early Nazi measures against the Jews.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1. Protestantism in Nazi Germany
  2. pp. 16-38
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  1. 2. “Luther and the Jews”
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. 3. Confessing Church and German Christian Academic Theologians
  2. pp. 59-83
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  1. 4. Confessing Church Pastors
  2. pp. 84-117
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  1. 5. German Christian Pastors and Bishops
  2. pp. 118-143
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  1. 6. Pastors and Theologians from the Unaffiliated Protestant “Middle”
  2. pp. 144-169
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 170-175
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-214
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-251
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253001023
Related ISBN
9780253000989
MARC Record
OCLC
793520225
Pages
270
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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