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By Doris L. Bergen

How did Germany's Christians reply to Nazism? In Twisted Cross, Doris Bergen addresses one very important section of this reaction by way of targeting the 600,000 self-described 'German Christians,' who sought to expunge all Jewish components from the Christian church. In a technique that turned extra bold as Nazi plans for genocide opened up, this team of Protestant lay humans and clergy rejected the previous testomony, ousted humans outlined as non-Aryans from their congregations, denied the Jewish ancestry of Jesus, and got rid of Hebrew phrases like 'Hallelujah' from hymns. Bergen refutes the suggestion that the German Christians have been a marginal staff and demonstrates that contributors occupied key positions in the Protestant church even after their schedule used to be rejected by means of the Nazi management. Extending her research into the postwar interval, Bergen exhibits how the German Christians have been quite simply reincorporated into mainstream church existence after 1945. all through Twisted Cross, Bergen unearths the real function performed via ladies and by way of the ideology of non secular motherhood amid the German Christians' glorification of a 'manly' church.

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