The Church and the Holocaust (HGS 562)

3 credits

This course will first briefly examine the roots of anti-Jewish teachings in Christianity and then will focus on the Roman Catholic Church and the role of Pope Pius XII in the Holocaust. We will then examine the anti-Jewish teachings of Martin Luther and their influence on the German Protestant Churches during the Holocaust. In contrast, we will then discuss the resistance of the Church against Nazi ideology, including the efforts of the Confessing Church movement in Germany and the Orthodox Church in Greece. Lastly, we will take a brief look at Nostra Aetate and other post-Holocaust Christian efforts to eradicate anti-Jewish teachings from Christian theology.
 

Semester Information: 
Spring A: January 2- February 26

Current faculty

Resources

Required Reading:
- Ericksen, Robert and Susannah Heschel. Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust. (Fortress Press, 1999). ISBN: 0800629310. $18.36 paperback.
- Phayer, Michael. The Catholic Church and the Holocaust, 1930-1965. (Indiana University Press, 2000). SBN: 0253214718. $15.81 paperback.
- Sciolino, Anthony. The Holocaust, the Church, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. (iUniverse, Inc., 2012). ISBN: 1938908627. $18.05 paperback.

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