Demonizing the Jews : Luther and the Protestant church in Nazi Germany / Christopher J. Probst.Material type: BookPublisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, �2012Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780253001023; 0253001021.Subject(s): Bekennende Kirche -- History | Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 | Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 | Bekennende Kirche | Luther, Martin 1483-1546 | Bekennende Kirche | Luther, Martin | Bekennende Kirche | Church and state -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 | Christianity and antisemitism | Protestant churches -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Germany -- Church history | RELIGION -- Christian Life -- Social Issues | RELIGION -- Christianity -- General | RELIGION -- Christianity -- Protestant | Christianity and antisemitism | Church and state | Protestant churches | Germany | Antijudaismus | Rezeption | Evangelische Kirche | Antisemitismus | Kirchenkampf 1933-1945 | Deutschland | Deutschland | 1900-1999Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Church history. | History. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Demonizing the Jews.DDC classification: 261.2/6094309043 Other classification: 230 | 290 | 943 Online resources: Click here to access online
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Protestantism in Nazi Germany -- "Luther and the Jews" -- Confessing church and German Christian academic theologians -- Confessing church pastors -- German Christian pastors and bishops -- Pastors and theologians from the unaffiliated Protestant "middle."
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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