The Church of England and the Holocaust: Christianity, by Tom Lawson

By Tom Lawson

This is often the 1st ebook to think about the Anglican church's reaction to the Nazi persecution after which homicide of Europe's Jews. appearing as a critique of the historiography of the 'bystanders' to the Holocaust, it finds a neighborhood that struggled to appreciate the depravity of Nazi anti-semitism. the writer outlines Anglican attitudes to battle, anti-semitism and lots of comparable concerns, demonstrating the level and the boundaries of the Church's engagement with eu politics, and indicates how Christian interpretations of Nazi persecution contributed to a lot wider assumptions approximately Germany and German heritage in Britain throughout the struggle years. He then strikes directly to the post-war international, indicating the real position performed by means of the Church of britain in forging thoughts of the Nazi period and particularly the ache of Europe's Jews. total, this e-book deals a tough new interpretation of the Holocaust and its wider context, and of the heritage of the Church of britain and its position within the highbrow lifetime of the nation.Dr TOM LAWSON teaches within the division of heritage, college of Winchester.

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42 Indeed dissenting Christians appeared to approve of much that the new state was undertaking, including its campaign against German Jews. 44 Continual efforts by the state to regulate the churches, through the appointment of a Minister of Church Affairs, or the creation of committees to standardise and therefore limit Christian teaching, did however cause protests from the pulpits of the Confessing Church. In their efforts to demonstrate that opposition to the state was not political, Confessing Church pastors were often involved in active co-operation with the state.

13, No. 1, 1999), pp. 28–61. 21 THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND THE HOLOCAUST that the concentration camp represents a uniquely horrific environment. Indeed some interpretations of the Shoah suggest that the murder of Europe’s Jews was nothing less than a cataclysm which transformed the very essence of the human condition. Alvin Rosenfeld has for example speculated that the ‘Holocaust marks the end of one era of consciousness and the beginning of another . . 102 Such hyperbole is supported by the orthodox chronology of Holocaust memory which we have already discussed.

99 There have also been some more critical reviews of the Church of England’s relationship with the Jewish tragedy – and this book can be seen in the same tradition. For example Adrian Hastings was critical of the Church’s reaction to the 1930s refugee crisis, and Chana Kotzin’s thesis problematises even further the Church’s role in giving succour to the victims of Nazism. See Hastings, A History of English Christianity, pp. D. Thesis, University of Southampton, 2000. 100 Beginning with Theodor Adorno’s oft cited suggestion of the impossibility of artistic expression in the shadow of Auschwitz, such claims have become axiomatic to the study of Holocaust representations and narrative.

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