Daniel Heinz (Ed.)
Freikirchen und Juden im »Dritten Reich«
Instrumentalisierte Heilsgeschichte, antisemitische Vorurteile und verdrängte Schuld
1. Edition 2011
Kirche – Konfession – Religion -
The verse from Obadiah 1:11, "On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them," could be the motto for the contributions in this volume. The passive bystander attitude described in the verse corresponds to the stance of the Free Churches in Germany towards the Jews during the NS regime. Engagement with this highly sensitive issue closes a gap in research on Free Churches. The aim of the book is to analyse the practice and church policy of the Free Churches on Jews between 1933 and 1945. For this contribution towards reappraising the past the editors succeeded in obtaining contributions from a large number of church historians from the Free Churches. Specifically, the contributions deal with the Quakers, the Mennonites, the Brethren Movement, Methodists, the Pentecostal Movement, the Free Evangelicals, the Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Churches, the Free Moravian Church, the Seventh-Day Adventists as well as the Austrian Free Churches. The contributions are introduced with a text on Free Church opinions of Jews in the late 19th and early 20th century.