Religion in the early Nazi milieu: towards a greater understanding of ‘racist culture’

Koehne, Samuel 2017, Religion in the early Nazi milieu: towards a greater understanding of ‘racist culture’, Journal of contemporary history, Online First, pp. 1-25, doi: 10.1177/0022009416669420.

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Title Religion in the early Nazi milieu: towards a greater understanding of ‘racist culture’
Author(s) Koehne, SamuelORCID iD for Koehne, Samuel orcid.org/0000-0001-8057-9355
Journal name Journal of contemporary history
Season Online First
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0022-0094
Keyword(s) Nazism and Religion
German History
Nazi Germany
German Socialism and religion
Racism
Völkisch Movement
Völkisch Movement: religious aspects
Summary In recent years there has been a renaissance of studies into the diverse relationships between National Socialism and esoteric or occult religious trends, which appears to form a remarkable return to the work of George L Mosse. Yet within these debates there has been surprisingly little space devoted to the question of what specifically ‘counted’ as religion in the early Nazi milieu. This article seeks to address this problem through a detailed study of the views on religion in one of the major antisemitic groups in the 1920s, the German Socialist Party, which had a number of significant connections to the NSDAP. The German Socialist debates on religion have remained largely unexamined, and this article analyses the group’s response to the Nazis’ 25 Point Programme, the German Socialists’ own debates about religion, and their views on the most important völkisch authors who were seeking a ‘religious revival’. It demonstrates that views on religion in the early Nazi milieu were extremely diverse, but commonly adhered to notions of race and a racial spirituality that amounted to a kind of ‘ethnotheism’. It argues that concepts of religion in völkisch groups at the time, including the NSDAP, have to be principally understood as part of a particular and extreme ‘racist culture’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0022009416669420
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
2103 Historical Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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