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Theologians Under Hitler
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Discuss the book by Robert P. Ericksen, author of "Theologians Under Hitler (1985 Yale University Press). The book explores the paradox of three great theologians- whose work still stands today- who supported Hitler during the Nazi era.

A proposed documentary film "will examine difficult questions about the Church's ability to recognize evil, both yesterday and today, and will contrast these issues with Christian figures, such as Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, who did indeed stand against evil."

"The figure of Adolf Hitler stands alone in modern history as a symbol of evil. In hindsight, the evils of Nazi Germany are obvious. But what led many good, intelligent people to follow National Socialism and serve as its apologists? And how could three of Germany's greatest Protestant theologians: Paul Althaus, Gerhard Kittel, and Emanuel Hirsch, support Hitler?"

Book Review:



Copyright (c) 1996 First Things 67 (November 1996): 2-7.

Debating the Shoah In his review essay on Hitler's Willing Executioners ("Daniel Goldhagen's Holocaust," August/September), Richard John Neuhaus harshly challenges Professor Goldhagen's criticism of the role played by the Christian churches under the Nazi regime, suggesting, rather, that the churches found themselves in a position where they failed, for the most part, "to muster courage to be martyrs" under a "ruthless and totalitarian regime." Father Neuhaus, however, neglects to acknowledge the enthusiasm with which so many Christians, outside the pro-Hitler German Christian movement but within the Evangelical Church, greeted the rise of National Socialism.

For some, it was as much because of the Fuehrer's policy vis-a-vis Jews and Judaism as it was his promise of being a force against communism and the perceived decadence of the Weimar Republic. Indeed, the Protestant Church's most respected segment, its renowned university theological faculty, time and again embraced and promulgated Hitler's beliefs about Jews. As Robert Ericksen has noted in his book, Theologians Under Hitler, not only were the brightest lights of German Protestant scholarship, Gerhard Kittel, Paul Althaus, and Emanuel Hirsch, "monstrously anti-Semitic, but they were products of Christian mainstream theology." These were scholars of exemplary credentials, yet their positions regarding the Jewish people and their faith were right in line with that of Hitler's German Christian movement.

It wasn't some aberrant or fringe movement that began the Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life. It was University Professor Walter Grundmann and his colleagues, with funds from the Evangelical Church headquarters. Its goal was to eliminate once and for all everything Jewish in Christianity. Even before its first publication was off the press, tens of thousands of Christians in Germany became subscribers.

Would it have meant martyrdom for Emanuel Hirsch if he had not published his well-received and, in his words, "more acceptable" New Testament with its relentless anti-Jewish bias? Would it have meant martyrdom for Bishop Heinrich Oberheid had he not been a major mover behind the notorious 1939 Godesberg Declaration of the National Church Union of German Christians that called for full expurgation of Jewry from the Church? Would it have been martyrdom for a seminary such as Erlangen had it resisted the Aryan clause, a law that effectively banned clergy of Jewish ancestry from church pulpits? I think not. . . .

Contrary to what Fr. Neuhaus charges, Goldhagen never says Martin Luther was responsible for the Holocaust. He states, in his scant references to Luther, that church leaders exploited Luther's anti-Semitic vitriol. Neuhaus himself concedes that Luther's views were exploited by the Nazis. Small wonder, given that Luther had referred to Jews as "our plague, our pestilence, our misfortune." . . . But then Fr. Neuhaus proceeds to posit that Luther was not, after all, a "passionate anti- Semitic hero." What more does it take to be described as such when one has written, with respect to the Jews, "We are at fault in not slaying them." . . .

Some historians of the period have equated Christian support for Jews who had converted to Christianity with opposition to the anti-Semitic politics of Nazism. But it is important to recognize that with a few exceptions (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for example), Protestants uttered barely a word of protest against what was happening to their fellow citizens who were Jewish. The Roman Catholics, with their own few notable exceptions, did no better. . . .

Of course Fr. Neuhaus is correct that John Chrysostom and Martin Luther cannot be held responsible for the deaths of Jews in Germany, and that the former was obviously not "writing speeches for Josef Goebbels." Yet writings have many lives. . . . The frequent statements by prominent German Christian theologians resurrecting age-old Christian anti-Jewish canards did indeed have a very powerful effect on the thinking of men and women in a land considered by many to be the "heart of Christendom." As James Parkes wrote in the 1930s, accusations against Jews by Christians of ritual murder, poisoning of the wells, and a host of other time-honored charges are "natural outgrowths from the picture created by Chrysostom or a Cyril."

That is why we remember with gratitude the leadership of Pope John XXIII as he turned the Christian understanding of Jews and Judaism around 180 degrees with the initiation of a process leading to the promulgation of Nostra Aetate. It is why we give thanks for Protestant denominations such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the National Alliance of Baptists as each has reformulated, within the last several years, its understanding of its relationship with Judaism. And it is why we give thanks for the pres-ent pope, John Paul II, as he labors to build bridges across what many have thought, down through the years, was an impassable divide.

Fr. Neuhaus, like most critics of this book, has demonstrated the weakness of Goldhagen's premise that "what can be said about the Germans cannot be said about any other nationality." And it is correct that in his treatment of the churches in Germany as a whole, Goldhagen has taken the facts out of their historical context.

But is equally true that attempting to explain away or in any way ignore the churches' response cannot erase the reality that the documents, statements, and actions Goldhagen cites are a stain on their history. They are ones which we as Christians should not ever attempt to excuse. As Father Edward Flannery has written, it is the "ultimate scandal that in carrying the burden of God in history the Jewish people did not find in the Christian churches an ally and defender but one of their most zealous detractors and oppressors."

Peggy Obrecht Director of Church Relations U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington, D.C.

RJN replies:

I emphatically agree that we must not "attempt to excuse" the generally lamentable response of Christians in Germany, Protestant and Catholic, to Hitler's anti-Semitism, and my essay made that clear beyond doubt. Ms. Obrecht, however, greatly understates the "weakness" of Goldhagen's book. It is, as I said, "an incoherent, hate-filled, dishonest tract" that smears all Germans, including heroes such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with the charge of anti-Semitism, which he says is "axiomatic" in being German. She is right that the choice was not between martyrdom and being an enthusiastic proponent of Hitler's policies, but, as a careful reading of Robert Ericksen's book demonstrates, she greatly overstates the degree to which figures such as Emanuel Hirsch represented the mainstream Protestant position. While no doubt many people shared their views, Ericksen studies Althaus, Kittel, and, most particularly, Hirsch precisely because they were not representative.

As I noted, Luther said abhorrently vicious things about Jews, but we grant Hitler a "posthumous victory" (Emil Fackenheim) if we agree with the Nazis that Luther, and Christianity more generally, support their anti-Semitism. Of great importance, among other things, is that Luther's attacks were based on religion and not on race. That does not make his words more defensible, but it underscores the gross misrepresentation of Luther by the Hitler regime. On this score, I again recommend Uwe Siemon-Netto's recent book, The Fabricated Luther. This touches on the question of who is responsible for the illegitimate exploitation of what others have said. My answer is that those who misrepresent others are responsible for that misrepresentation. It is true that "writings have many lives," but John Chrysostom in fourth-century Constantinople should not be held responsible for the misrepresentation of his writings by Nazis in twentieth-century Germany. Those who argue otherwise, including Daniel Goldhagen, are guilty of making a muddle of moral accountability, thus obscuring good and evil alike. The Holocaust is so important as to require the clearest and most careful moral reasoning, and I am not sure that Ms. Obrecht or the Holocaust Museum contributes to that end by offering a defense, however qualified, of Mr. Goldhagen's scurrilous polemic.


From ELCA website: Books on the Reformation and the Tradition as a Whole:

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Holl, Karl. The Cultural Significance of the Reformation. Trans. by Karl and Barbara Hertz and John H. Lichtblau. New York: Meridian Books, 1959.

_______. The Reconstruction of Morality, eds. James Luther Adams & Walter F. Bense. Trans. from the German by Fred W. Meuser and Walter R. Wietzke. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1979.

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Hütter, Reinhard. “Martin Luther and Johannes Dietenberger on ‘Good Works’.” Lutheran Quarterly VI, 2 (Summer 1992): 127-152.

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Jenson, Robert W. “An Ontology of Freedom in the ‘De Servo Arbitrio’ of Luther.” In Freedom as Love in Martin Luther, eds. Dennis D. Bielfeldt and Klaus Schwarzwaller, 113-18. New York: Peter Lang, 1995.

Keen, Ralph. Divine and Human Authority in Reformation Thought: German Theologians on Political Order, 1520-1555. Nieuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1997.

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