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Bishop von GalenGerman Catholicism and National Socialism$
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Beth A. Griech-Polelle

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092233

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092233.001.0001

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The Construction of an Image: Von Galen in Retrospect

The Construction of an Image: Von Galen in Retrospect

(p.136) Chapter Six The Construction of an Image: Von Galen in Retrospect
Bishop von Galen

Beth A. Griech-Polelle

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at how von Galen became a well-known and firm anti-Nazi resister. It discusses the role of the supreme pontiff in influencing von Galen's choices and the nomination of the pope. The first section states that von Galen was the first Catholic bishop selected under the Concordat's terms. It also studies the sermon he presented in order to assess him as a guardian of moral order and his subsequent place within the roster of resisters. This chapter also considers Pope Pius XII's silence while the Jews were being sent to their deaths and the actions of the pope during the war. Cardinal Eugene Tisserant from France presented an appeal to Pope Pius XII to lead Catholics with regards to the matter of conscience and von Galen was nominated into the College of Cardinals. The last portion of the chapter considers the time of von Galen's death, the image the people constructed of him, and the monuments that were erected.

Keywords:   anti-Nazi resister, supreme pontiff, Pope Pius XII, Eugene Tisserant, conscience, College of Cardinals, death

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