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National Socialism
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[German Version]

I. History and Church History

1. Historical and political context.

National Socialism as a political movement was born in Munich in 1919 with the founding of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) appealing to a nationalistic and anti-Semitic lower middle class. Under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, it soon gained a following among almost all social strata in Germany. It became a political force to be rec…

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Nicolaisen, Carsten and Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “National Socialism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024028>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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