Nazism, political religion and 'ordinary' Germans

Koehne, S. 2014, Nazism, political religion and 'ordinary' Germans, Agora, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 21-28.

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Title Nazism, political religion and 'ordinary' Germans
Author(s) Koehne, S.ORCID iD for Koehne, S.
Journal name Agora
Volume number 49
Issue number 3
Start page 21
End page 28
Total pages 8
Publisher History Teachers' Association of Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 0044-6726
Keyword(s) National socialism--Religious aspects
Faith--Religious aspects--Christianity
Christianity and politics
Church history
National socialism and religion
Summary This paper examines the topic of Nazism and religion by taking one of the dominant schools of thought––that Nazism was a ‘political religion’––and dealing directly with an issue that is often encountered when teaching the history of the Nazi Party. A common question raised by students is this: what could be known about the Nazis when they came to power? While formulated in different ways and sometimes with a different chronological focus the core of this question is one of historicism. It may be abundantly clear to us now what the Nazis stood for, how racist and antisemitic they were, but what could be known by people then, and how did they view the Nazis? Given my sense that many teachers encounter this questions I believe it may be a useful prism through which to view Nazism and religion. The paper does so through using a case-study of the 'Temple Society' (Tempelgesellschaft), examining how members of this Christian community understood Nazism on the cusp of 1933.
Language eng
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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