Demonizing The Jews: Luther And The Protestant Church In Nazi Germany by Christopher J. ProbstDemonizing The Jews: Luther And The Protestant Church In Nazi Germany by Christopher J. Probst

Demonizing The Jews: Luther And The Protestant Church In Nazi Germany

byChristopher J. Probst

Paperback | June 8, 2012

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The acquiescence of the German Protestant churches in Nazi oppression and murder of Jews is well documented. In this book, Christopher J. Probst demonstrates that a significant number of German theologians and clergy made use of the 16th-century writings by Martin Luther on Jews and Judaism to reinforce the racial antisemitism and religious anti-Judaism already present among Protestants. Focusing on key figures, Probst's study makes clear that a significant number of pastors, bishops, and theologians of varying theological and political persuasions employed Luther's texts with considerable effectiveness in campaigning for the creation of a "de-Judaized" form of Christianity. Probst shows that even the church most critical of Luther's anti-Jewish writings reaffirmed the antisemitic stereotyping that helped justify early Nazi measures against the Jews.

Christopher J. Probst is a visiting assistant professor of modern European history at Saint Louis University. He was a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Title:Demonizing The Jews: Luther And The Protestant Church In Nazi GermanyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 8, 2012Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253001005

ISBN - 13:9780253001009


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Gets points for examining Luther's anti-Semitism but loses them for not doing so in a readable and substantive way I bought this book, and unfortunately, I was disappointed by it. The author focuses to much on the writings and thinking of the protestant movement in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany and not on how it contributed to Nazi thought (other than a Luther to Hitler thesis which I admit was interesting but this is few and far between) I often found it difficult to keep reading, because what should be a piercing study comes off as underwhelming. To be fair, the author does use illustrations very well and his look at Luther's anti-Semitism and the anti-Semitism in the time in which he lived and how his efforts to coerce the Jews into converting were nearly identical to the tools the Nazis used to oppress the Jews is quite interesting and valuable. This unfortunately cannot save the book. The author deserve credit for trying to look at this subject (which, to often goes unnoticed in the studies of Anti-semitism) but loses them because he ends up doing and underwhelming job
Date published: 2016-12-01

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Protestantism in Nazi Germany
2. "Luther and the Jews"
3. Confessing Church and German Christian Academic Theologians
4. Confessing Church Pastors
5. German Christian Pastors and Bishops
6. Pastors and Theologians from the Unaffiliated Protestant "Middle"

Editorial Reviews

Probst illuminates the grim reality of Germany from 1933 to 1939, an era in which the Nazis disavowed Enlightenment humanitarianism and internationalism in its various forms and turned the secular state against the most prominent beneficiaries of the Enlightenment, assimilated German Jews.