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Were the National Socialists a Völkisch Party? Paganism, Christianity, and the Nazi christmas

Koehne, Samuel 2014, Were the National Socialists a Völkisch Party? Paganism, Christianity, and the Nazi christmas, Central European history, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 760-790, doi: 10.1017/S0008938914001897.

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Title Were the National Socialists a Völkisch Party? Paganism, Christianity, and the Nazi christmas
Author(s) Koehne, SamuelORCID iD for Koehne, Samuel orcid.org/0000-0001-8057-9355
Journal name Central European history
Volume number 47
Issue number 4
Start page 760
End page 790
Total pages 31
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambride, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1569-1616
Keyword(s) Nazism and Religion
Hitler, Adolf
Church History
Paganism
National Socialism and Religion
Hitler's Religious Views
National Socialism - religious aspects
Arts & Humanities
History
THE-HOLY-REICH
RELIGION
CULTURE
HITLER
VIEWS
Summary A trend in studies about National Socialism and religion in recent years argues for a deliberate distinction between the Nazi Party (NSDAP) and the antisemitic völkisch movement of nineteenth-century Germany. This article challenges that contention. Several researchers have published comprehensive studies on the heterogeneous nature of Christian responses to the Nazis, but a comparable approach looking at how the Nazis viewed religion has not yet been undertaken. A study of the latter type is certainly necessary, given that one of the consistent features of the völkisch movement was its diversity. As Roger Griffin has argued, a “striking feature of the sub-culture . . . was just how prolific and variegated it was . . . [T]he only denominator common to all was the myth of national rebirth.” In short, the völkisch movement contained a colorful, varied, and often bewildering range of religious beliefs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0008938914001897
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 C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Central European History Society of the American Historical Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070693

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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