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By Dr. Beth A. Griech-Polelle

Clemens August Graf von Galen, Bishop of Munster from 1933 until eventually his demise in 1946, is well known for his competition to Nazism, such a lot particularly for his public preaching in 1941 opposed to Hitler's euthanasia venture to rid the rustic of ill, aged, mentally retarded, and disabled Germans. This provocative and revisionist biographical research of von Galen perspectives him from a unique point of view: as a fancy determine who moved among dissent and complicity through the Nazi regime, opposing definite components of nationwide Socialism whereas picking out to stay silent on matters touching on discrimination, deportation, and the homicide of Jews. Beth Griech-Polelle locations von Galen within the context of his instances, describing how the Catholic Church reacted to numerous Nazi regulations, how the anti-Catholic laws of the Kulturkampf formed the repertoire of resistance strategies of northwestern German Catholics, and the way theological interpretations have been used to justify resistance and/or collaboration. She discloses the explanations for von Galen's public denunciation of the euthanasia undertaking and the ramifications of his overtly defiant stance.
She finds how the bishop portrayed Jews and what that depiction intended for Jews dwelling in Nazi Germany. eventually she investigates the production of identical to von Galen as "Grand Churchman-Resister" and discusses the results of this for the parable of Catholic conservative "resistance" developed in post-1945 Germany.

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