The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 21, 2003 - History - 294 pages
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Analyzing the previously unexplored religious views of the Nazi elite, Richard Steigmann-Gall argues against the consensus that Nazism as a whole was either unrelated to Christianity or actively opposed to it. In contrast, Steigmann-Gall demonstrates that many in the Nazi movement believed the contours of their ideology were based on a Christian understanding of Germany's ills and their cure. He also explores the struggle the "positive Christians" waged with the party's paganists and demonstrates that this was not just a conflict over religion, but over the very meaning of Nazi ideology itself. Richard Steigmann-Gall is assistant professor of history at Kent Sate University. He earned his BA and MA at the University of Michigan, and PhD at the University of Toronto. He has earned fellowships and awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism in Israel, and the Max-Planck Institut fur Geschichte in Göttingen. His research interests include modern Germany, Fascism, and religion and society in Europe, and he has published articles in Central European History, German History, Social History, and Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte.
 

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A work of revisionist history. The author examines whether the Nazis were as hostile to Christianity as they are usually painted. He discovers a more nuanced and complex picture, with Nazi hostility ... Read full review

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For me the key to this book comes late in the monograph with this quote in regards to the purging of a Nazi party member, as to how "unreserved support for the National Socialist state and and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Positive Christianity The Doctrine of the Time of Struggle
13
Above the Confessions Bridging the Religious Divide
51
Blood and Soil The Paganist Ambivalence
86
National Renewal Religion and the New Germany
114
Completing the Reformation The Protestant Reich Church
155
Public Need before Private Greed Building the Peoples Community
190
Gottglaubig Assent of the antiChristians?
218
The Holy Reich Conclusion
261
Primary Sources
268
Secondary Sources
272
Index
285
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Richard Steigmann-Gall is Assistant Professor of History at Kent State University. He has earned fellowships and awards from institutions in Germany, Israel, and Canada, and he has published articles in Central European History, German History, Social History, and Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte.

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