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The Polish Catholic Church under German Occupation: The Reichsgau Wartheland, 1939-1945
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The Polish Catholic Church under German Occupation: The Reichsgau Wartheland, 1939-1945 (Hardback)

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When Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939, it aimed to destroy Polish national consciousness. As a symbol of Polish national identity and the religious faith of approximately two-thirds of the Polish population, the Roman Catholic church was an obvious target of the Nazi regime's policies of ethnic, racial, and cultural Germanization in occupied Poland.



Jonathan Huener reveals in The Polish Catholic Church under German Occupation that the persecution of the church in the Reichsgau Wartheland, a region of Poland annexed to Nazi Germany, was more brutal than anywhere else in Nazi-occupied Poland, or Nazi-occupied Europe. Here Catholics witnessed the execution of priests, the incarceration of hundreds of clergymen and nuns in prisons and concentration camps, the closure of churches, the destruction and confiscation of church property, and countless restrictions on public expression of the Catholic faith. Huener also illustrates how the Nazi elite viewed this area as a testing ground for anti-church policies to be launched in the Reich after the successful completion of the war. Bolstered by largely untapped sources from state and church archives, punctuated by vivid archival photographs, and marked by nuance and balance, The Polish Catholic Church under German Occupation exposes both the brutalities and the limitations of Nazi church policy.



The first English-language investigation of German policy toward the Catholic Church in occupied Poland, this compelling story also offers insight into the varied ways in which Catholics-from Pope Pius XII, to members of the Polish episcopate, to the Polish laity at the parish level-responded to the regime's repressive measures.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesFascism & NazismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominations Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 02/03/2021 ISBN-13: 9780253054029  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jonathan Huener is Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont and author of Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979.

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