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Demonizing the Jews: Luther and the Protestant Church in Nazi Germany

Demonizing the Jews: Luther and the Protestant Church in Nazi Germany

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  • ISBN-13: 9780253001009
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Release Date: Jun 08, 2012
  • Pages: 270 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.0 x 6.0 inches

Overview

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.


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