Decades after the Holocaust, many assume that the churches in Germany resisted the Nazi regime. In fact, resistance was exceptional. The Deutsche Christen, or “German Christians,” a movement within German Protestantism, integrated Nazi ideology, nationalism, and Christian faith. Marrying religious anti-Judaism to the Nazis’ racial anti-Semitism, they aimed to remove everything Jewish from Christianity.
For the first time in English, Mary M. Solberg presents a selection of “German Christian” documents. Her introduction sets the historical context. She also includes responses critical of the German Christians by Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is an important piece of the puzzle for any student of the history of Christianity.
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A Church Undone includes a variety of German Christian documents, from major theological statements to obscure pamphlets. By giving a clearer picture of this movement and its followers, this volume offers important insights into the ideological debates that divided the German Protestant churches under Nazism.
—Victoria J. Barnett, general editor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works
Mary Solberg, in A Church Undone, provides previously untranslated documents for close-in contact with the German Christian Faith Movement. Until religious perversion of truth and humanity are ended, the cautionary tale of this volume remains relevant. I highly commend careful attention to it and thank Fortress Press for making it available.
—Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
Our temptation for seven decades has been to seek out and describe Christians in Germany who opposed the Nazi regime. The publication of these documents provides a very welcome corrective. It is not just that Christians in Nazi Germany lacked the courage to oppose Hitler. Too many also misconstrued what we would like to consider the appropriate Christian stance.
—Robert P. Ericksen, Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies and professor of history, Pacific Lutheran University
Solberg’s book is a tremendous contribution both to scholars of German Christian church life and to all who care about the uses and misuses of Christian theology. These previously untranslated primary documents provide clear-eyed, chilling witness to the development of Nazi-inflected thinking among theologians and pastors. A remarkable and indispensable volume.
—Lisa E. Dahill, associate professor of worship and Christian spirituality, Trinity Lutheran Seminary