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The Church and Nazi Germany

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The Church and Nazi Germany Why would Hitler have wanted to make agreements with and eventually control the Church in Germany? Explain your answer fully. I think that Hitler would have wanted to control the Church in Germany because the Nazi's believed that Hitler was god, that he was the most important person in existence. However, the Catholics and Christians believed that the Pope was the most important person in the world. Hitler would probably have been quite angry and jealous with the people and at the pope, as he believed himself to be some sort of Super Human, and would have wanted to get back at the people for doing this, hence the broken promises and the downfall of Catholic and Christian faith in Germany in Hitler's rule. ...read more.

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o Prayers. The Nazi's made up some new prayers, which children in Nazi orphanages would sing before eating. o The Pope. He was affected as he agreed to sign a agreement with Hitler, saying that the Nazi's would not interfere with the Catholic Church and in return all the Bishops would take an oath of loyalty to Hitler. Of course, Hitler did not stick to this agreement, and the Pope protested, but Hitler ignored it. Why is Martin Niemoller so significant? Martin Niemoller is significant as he protested against the Reich Church (formerly the Protestant Church) and set up his own church, called the 'Confessional Church'. More than 6, 000 pastors joined it, leaving only 2, 000 in the Reich Church. ...read more.

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Also, it was 'made' in 1936, when Hitler was in charge and people had really believed this, before people had begun to have their doubts about him. Do you think that Churches in Germany were weak because they did not stand up to the Nazi's in relation to the Holocaust? Explain your answer. No, I think that the Churches were neither weak nor strong as if they did stand up for themselves, the Nazi's would have taken them by force, which could have led to hundreds of people being put in prison camps and later being killed, for heresy or something like that. They had to back down fast; otherwise things could have turned out a lot worse. If Hitler had broken a promise/agreement with the pope, who is respected world widely, what could he do to people that barely anyone knew? ...read more.

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