Brave men like Lichtenberg and appalling men like Leonard Conti, while significant to the story of Nazi Germany are not holistic history of Catholicism in Nazi Germany. The Churches’ resistance was much more intricate than a struggle of good and bad. Catholics while offended by certain Nazi policies refused to disagree fundamentally with their government. This partial resistance can be seen by protests of racially specific laws and selective assistance to particular citizens. While many Catholics saw Nazis’ racial policy and religious policies as an affront to the church they showed a general apathy to the Jewish Struggle, a direct result of such policies. The Catholic Church chose to keep their grievances in the realm of ideological religious matters that were specific to their religious denominations, and avoided p...
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...an armed forces, implying the general acceptance of the war crimes.5 However, it may be argued defiance, especially so for the militaristic positions of chaplains, would have resulted in severe punishment, so severe it paralyzed the chaplains from speaking up against their superiors.
On the home front Spicer analyzes the Brown Priests, ardent National Socialists who despite the anti-Catholic sentiment presented by Nazism became “more engaged and militant”6 and further, promulgated views of National Socialism. These priests viewed Hitler “as a messianic figure who was sent by God to save Germany from Destruction.”7 Spicer mentions these Brown priests were not the norm and for the most part were a fringe group, however their existence is proof that while there were those who were resisting the Nazis they were also those who had aligned themselves with the Nazi party.
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