American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht by M. Mazzenga

By M. Mazzenga

This book examines how American Protestants, Catholics and Jews answered to the persecution of Jews in Germany and German-occupied territory within the Nineteen Thirties. The essays specialise in American non secular responses to Kristallnacht and characterize the 1st exam of multi-religious staff responses to the beginnings of the Holocaust.

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47. “Joint Resolution which was adopted relative to the totalitarian attacks on religious minorities,” “signed by both Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians,” December 23, 1938. It was signed by all member churches of FCC, as well as by the Orthodox, Southern Baptists, United Church of Canada (affiliated), Catholics, and Episcopalians. It was the first time that Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant Christians had issued a formal declaration on a contemporary issue. 48. Boyens, Kirchenkampf und Oikumene 1939–1945 , 127ff.

If today’s papers report truly some of these poor people are at this moment trembling at the borders of other countries praying for the refuge of exile. Who of us can believe that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was, speaking earthwise, a Jew, can look with approval upon the heartless proposals in law that would work such hardships? The second form is mob-like rather than law-like. A poor, misguided boy, tormented and probably demented, fires a hasty shot and drops the spark into the magazine of terror.

Under the headline “Armistice Day: The Drama Unfolds” Samuel T. Williamson wrote a four-page recollection of the closing months of the World War, after which he reflected on the recent resurrection of German power in Europe. ” He went on to describe the new German soldiers as the “undernourished German children of the World War,” who were hardened by hardship and sacrifice and “electrified” by a new voice: “A voice of anger, resentment, grievance, hatred—yet to them a voice of promise, a voice of power, a voice of pride—a voice of command.

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