Annual Yom HaShoah Lecture – Coming to Terms With The Nazi Past After 1945: The Catholic Church and National Socialism

April 12, 2018 Newton Free
(Photo: Pierre Aden/iStock)
(Photo: Pierre Aden/iStock)

Why has public criticism of the German churches for their conduct during the Nazi era been disproportionately directed at the minority Catholic Church and not at the majority Protestant churches? In this talk, Mark Edward Ruff argues that the attack on the Catholic Church’s conduct were proxy wars for larger battles over church-state relations in the new Federal Republic of Germany during the first several decades after the Second World War.

Mark Edward Ruff is professor of history at Saint Louis University and a specialist in German and modern religious history. A recipient of fellowships from the ACLS, NEH and Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, he is the author of two monographs, including “The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945–1980” (Cambridge University, 2017), copies of which will be available for sale at the lecture.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Boston College
McElroy Hall, Room 237
Newton, MA 02467

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