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For the Soul of the People : Protestant Protest Against Hitler - Victoria Barnett

For the Soul of the People

Protestant Protest Against Hitler

Paperback Published: 23rd April 1998
ISBN: 9780195121186
Number Of Pages: 384

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The Confessing Church was one of the rare German organizations that opposed Nazism from the very beginning, and in For the Soul of the People, Victoria Barnett delves into the story of the Church's resistance to Hitler. For this remarkable story, Barnett interviewed more than sixty Germans who were active in the Confessing Church, asking them to reflect on their personal experiences under Hitler and how they see themselves, morally and politically, today. She provides a haunting glimpse of the German experience under Hitler, but also gives a provocative look into what it has meant to be a German in the twentieth century.

"The book offers a thorough and insightful picture of the churches in Nazi Germany. Combining the personal memories drawn from oral histories with archival research of church documents, Barnett has written a masterful work of history. Most important, the book is written in a vivid style that brings to life the complex moral dilemmas of the Third Reich."--Susannah Heschel, Case Western Reserve University "Conveying an accurate portrait and understanding of the German church struggle under National Socialism has proven to be extraordinarily complicated....Victoria Barnett is singularly well prepared to do this. She has written an unusually accurate, sophisticated, and vivid book about the German church struggle...a genuinely absorbing and readable work."--Eberhard Bethge, biographer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer "Fascinating and insightful....The book is neither hagiographic nor a martyrology. Instead, using interviews conducted during the 1980s with some of those Protestants who did protest against Hitler, Barnett renders the much greater service of helping to illuminate the cultural, political, and religious considerations responsible for German Protestant hesitancy to resist National Socialism."--The Princeton Seminary Bulletin "There are many reasons to read this book with care. It describes with a freshness of detail a crucial period in the history of the church, a period we neglect at our peril. Moreover, the author has not only sketched out the story of the rise and fall of Hitler and the response of the Confessing church but has also interviewed fifty of the survivors--a gathering of oral histories that are instructive, poignant, and powerful. The attention she gives to women throughout the entire church struggle is a new and welcome detail....In addition to all the new historical and psychological material, the book gives us new insight and even courage to face our own temptations to idolatry."--Theology Today "The book offers a thorough and insightful picture of the churches in Nazi Germany. Combining the personal memories drawn from oral histories with archival research of church documents, Barnett has written a masterful work of history. Most important, the book is written in a vivid style that brings to life the complex moral dilemmas of the Third Reich."--Susannah Heschel, Case Western Reserve University "Conveying an accurate portrait and understanding of the German church struggle under National Socialism has proven to be extraordinarily complicated....Victoria Barnett is singularly well prepared to do this. She has written an unusually accurate, sophisticated, and vivid book about the German church struggle...a genuinely absorbing and readable work."--Eberhard Bethge, biographer of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Omensp. 7
The Lost Empirep. 9
The Weimar Yearsp. 18
Nationalism, Nazism, and the Churches: The Early Periodp. 30
The Confessing Church in the Nazi Erap. 45
Convictions and Conflictsp. 47
Daily Life and Workp. 74
The Murder of the Institutionalized Patientsp. 104
The Confessing Church and the Jewsp. 122
The Warp. 155
Resistance and Guiltp. 195
Reflections on Resistancep. 197
The Guilt of Others""""""""p. 209
The Inability to Mourn""""""""p. 237
Postwar Germans and Their Church: Rebirth or Restoration?p. 239
Political Developments and the East German Churchp. 256
Political Issues and the West German Churchp. 272
Christian Faith and Political Vision in Germanyp. 284
Faith and the Fatherlandp. 298
Notesp. 311
Sources and Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780195121186
ISBN-10: 019512118X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 23rd April 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.19 x 15.62  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.58