Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

6/1/2007 - 8/31/2007

Funding Totals

$5,000.00 (approved)
$5,000.00 (awarded)

The German Christian Movement in Print: Selected Texts from 1933-45 in Translation

FAIN: FT-55111-07

Mary Melinda Solberg
Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN 56082-1485)

One of the most troubling chapters in the history of Christianity involves the so-called German Christians, a movement that welcomed Hitler's ascent to power and sought to wed Christianity to National Socialism. In pamphlets, radio addresses, even liturgies, they articulated their desire to eradicate all traces of Judaism from Christianity, and their positions on Luther, the Old Testament, the church and the (Nazi) state, Jesus, war, and Hitler. This project will track down extant German Christian publications and make available for the first time English-language translations of a representative selection, together with an introduction setting out their historical and theological context and significance.

Associated Products

A Church Undone: Documents of the German Christian Faith Movement, 1932-1940 (Book)
Title: A Church Undone: Documents of the German Christian Faith Movement, 1932-1940
Author: Mary M. Solberg
Abstract: Decades after the Holocaust, many assume that the churches in Germany resisted the Nazi regime. In fact, resistance was exceptional. Almost all Germans were Christians, and almost all Christians in Germany stood by, becoming intentionally or unintentionally complicit in Nazi policies and practices. In the early 1930s a movement emerged with the aim of fully integrating Nazi ideology, German national identity, and Christian faith. The "Deutsche Christen," or German Christians, as they were called, interpreted the Christian faith and the role of the church in society in service of the Nazi revolution. For the first time in English, Mary M. Solberg presents a selection of representative documents of the German Christians--books and pamphlets, radio talks and speeches, even retranslations of Scripture. Her introduction to the volume sets the historical context, and short introductions accompany each reading. The collection includes key responses critical of the German Christians by Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, among others.
Year: 2015
Primary URL:
Publisher: Fortress Press
Type: Edited Volume
Type: Translation
ISBN: 9781451464726
Translator: Mary M. Solberg
Copy sent to NEH?: No