The German Protestant church became a battleground between the majority who supported the Nazis, and a minority who resisted them

Two institutions are commonplace and powerful around the globe: the state and the church. In Hitler’s Germany, most churches went along with the Nazis. Some did so reluctantly, but many were enthusiastic. There was also dramatic resistance by churches and religious leaders who opposed Hitler at great personal risk. For example, the German Protestant church became a battleground between the majority who supported the Nazis, either explicitly or implicitly, and a minority who resisted them. At the core of the conflict was the question of how the church should respond to the “Jewish question.”

No man spoke more eloquently in behalf of the civil liberties of Jews than the Protestant pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer…” 

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