By M. Mazzenga
This book examines how American Protestants, Catholics and Jews replied to the persecution of Jews in Germany and German-occupied territory within the Thirties. The essays concentrate on American spiritual responses to Kristallnacht and characterize the 1st exam of multi-religious crew responses to the beginnings of the Holocaust.
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Robert I. Gannon, the Jesuit president of Fordham University; Harold Ickes, secretary of the Interior; and William H. King, United States senator. Bishop Edwin H. Hughes’s speech is typical of the Christian but humanitarian response to the events in Germany: Ladies and gentlemen, I speak as a representative of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ and of my own church. . In the German Reich the outrages appear to have two forms. The first is represented by a deliberate legal process intended to hinder the Jews in a commercial way and doubtless so to harry them as to drive them from the land.
In short, the paper reported, this was a call for all races and creeds to come together to preserve the freedom of religious thought and expression. The loudest applause came when Rev. ”41 The Toronto Star also carried news of the rally on its front page, noting how “the main gathering was one of the most cosmopolitan Toronto has ever witnessed. S. Federal Council of Churches had been in the first two weeks following Kristallnacht, their protests were almost entirely rhetorical in nature. A few urged the American and Canadians governments Fatherhood of God & Brotherhood of Man 49 to pressure the Germans, or appealed directly to Hitler through the German ambassador Dieckhoff.
It is of little worth that we kneel reverently in our cathedrals and churches to do homage to Him who died for human redemption unless we are prepared at any cost to press His claims upon a reluctant, disobedient, and war-crazed world,” declared Bishop James E. Freeman, as he spoke from near the former president Woodrow Wilson’s tomb in the Washington Cathedral. A number of churches, including President Roosevelt’s church (St. 21 In New York, the Very Reverend Milo H. Gates, Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St.
American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht by M. Mazzenga