Responses to fascism

Ulrike Ehret

in Church, Nation and Race

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780719079436
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702017 | DOI:
Responses to fascism

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There was an ideological affinity between the Catholic Church and the fascist regimes in Europe, including Adolf Hitler's Germany. Despite Alfred Rosenberg's known opposition to the Christian churches, he had no authority to shape the Reich's church policy nor did he participate in the regime's political anticlerical measures. The insistence on Christ's Jewish origin and the historical link between Judaism and Christianity were part of the Katechismuswahrheiten and Nathanaelfrage. The Catholic defence literature was primarily meant as self-defence against an encroaching anticlerical National Socialist ideology as well as an attempt to bind Catholics to the community's traditional values and tear them away from ‘neopaganism’ and its antisemitism that undermined Christianity. The imbalance between accounts of communism and fascism was not confined to fringe organisations. ‘Latin’ fascism appeared to be the means to solve pressing social problems while still safeguarding Christian values.

Keywords: facism; Catholic Church; Germany; Alfred Rosenberg; Judaism; Christianity; antisemitism; Katechismuswahrheiten; Nathanaelfrage

Chapter.  22932 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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