How Did The Nazis Influence The Protestant Church

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The Protestant Church and the Nazis The Nazi Party adopted a slightly different tactic with the Protestant Church. They tried to infiltrate it and control it from within. Nationalist movement along with the Protestant Church before 1933 was called the "German Christians" and in 1993 they scored a triumph by winning three quarters of the votes in the elections that the Church held. A new, more Nationalist church constitution was drawn up and Ludwig Muller, an ardent Nazi Supporter, was appointed the Reich's Bishop. He was known o have said that he wears" the cross on his breast and the Nazi swastika in his heart." With Muller's influence it appeared that the Nazi's had the support of the Protestant "Reich" Church. The Reich Church was a new umbrella organisation of the Protestant Church, set up as a means of co-ordinating religion. Within it, the German Christians developed as a powerful movement.…show more content…
He taught trainee pastors and encouraged them to resist Nazism and also tried to get the Confessional Church to condemn the Nuremburg Laws. By 1940 his college was closed and he was banned from preaching. He continued to work underground along with co-operating with the Allies to work with a new government for peace. Later arrested for being an agent and executed in the Flossenburg concentration camp. Martin Niemoller: Former U-boat commander and Nationalist yet split from the Reich Church and created the Confessional Church. Famous for the poem, When They Came, which shows his feelings toward the behaviour of the Nazis and the way they dealt with opposing ideals. First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the
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