The good White Christian women of Nazi Germany
Despite what you’ve read, most of them didn’t resist.
This article, by D.L. Mayfield, appeared in a recent issue of The Christian Century
What made it possible for people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer to resist?
Reggie L. Williams, author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus, makes the compelling case that the only reason Bonhoeffer was able eventually to resist the fervent nationalism of his countrymen was that he had spent a year marinating in the Black church in Harlem, absorbing a real relationship with a suffering servant Jesus. Without this necessary and world-shaking experience, Bonhoeffer most likely would not have been able to resist the tides that drove the rest of his people to seek safety in power.
So I asked my library to get me the aforementioned book and I’m, reading it now. Reggie L. Williams, a Black scholar, might be a good candidate for an article or podcast here.
I also recently listened to a disturbing online lecture from the National Library of Israel on efforts by Nazi propaganda to recast Jesus as an Aryan. It was a hellish collaboration between church and state:
*In 1939, certain German theologians established the Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Religious Life, which was financed by the Protestant church and flourished successfully until 1945. *The Institute’s members – over 200 professors, bishops and pastors – published a new version of the Bible and hymnal purged of Jewish references, as well as “research” on Judaism aimed at supporting Nazi measures against the Jews.