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The Church of England and the Holocaust : Christianity, memory and Nazism / Tom Lawson.

Lawson, Tom. (Author).
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Subject: Church of England.
Church of England.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Church and social problems.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781846154577
  • ISBN: 184615457X
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (ix, 207 pages).
  • Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Boydell Press, 2006.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-202) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: INTRODUCTION: CONTEXTS -- Part I: RESPONSES -- 1. 'The Struggle for Religious Freedom': The Myth of Martin Niemöller and the Anglican Understanding of Nazism -- 2. 'A Crusade to Deliver our Fellow Men from a Sub-Human Barbarism': Nazism and War in the Anglican Imagination -- 3. 'Burning Indignation': The Church of England and the Murder of Europe's Jews -- Part II: MEMORIES -- 4. 'The Trades Union of Bishops': The Church of England and the Search for a Usable Past at the Beginning of the Cold War -- 5. 'To Whom Vengeance Belongeth': The Church of England, Christianity and Opposition to War Crimes Trials -- CONCLUSIONS.
Summary: A challenging interpretation both of the Holocaust and its wider context, and the Church of England's role during the period. This is the first book to consider the Anglican church's response to the Nazi persecution and then murder of Europe's Jews. Acting as a critique of the historiography of the 'bystanders' to the Holocaust, it reveals a community that struggled to understand the depravity of Nazi anti-semitism. The author outlines Anglican attitudes to war, anti-semitism and many related issues, demonstrating the extent and the limits of the Church's engagement with European politics, and shows how Christian interpretations of Nazi persecution contributed to much wider assumptions about Germany and German history in Britain during the war years. He then moves on to the post-war world, indicating the important role played by the Church of England in forging memories of the Nazi era and especially the suffering of Europe's Jews. Overall, this book offers a challenging new interpretation of the Holocaust and its wider context, and of the history of the Church of England and its role in the intellectual life of the nation. Dr TOM LAWSON teaches in the Department of History, University of Winchester.
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