Friday, 16 March 2012

Discussion and Conclusion to the German Church Struggle

The degree of the mainstream Protestant Churches’ failure is still a severely controversial issue. Most people feel that the Protestant Churches could have done more to help prevent the annihilation of the Jews. The fact of the matter is that the Protestant Churches had successes and failures. However, the Protestant Churches
should not be held responsible, which seems to be the case, for a lot of intellectuals. Several factors contributed to the Protestant Churches’ failures from an organizational standpoint. The Protestant Churches’ structural failure contributed to the confusion of who was in charge such as the enormous land reduction after Prussia’s defeat in World War I. The restructuring of the authority in the Protestant Churches’ hierarchy seemed to have a significant role. The German Christians had the concealed backing of a dictator behind them. Debatably, the Protestant Churches’ biggest malfunction came from being distracted from its surroundings. The Protestant Churches seemed to stay so busy fighting to keep and regain their churches’ leadership that they failed to recognize that the Jews and many other groups were being persecuted. By the time that the Protestant Churches’ leadership acknowledged what was occurring, they were too late. Interview carried with German professor in Kronenberg, show comment on Martin Niemöller’s famous poem stating:

“Pastor Niemöller spoke for thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something--but then it was too late.”

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