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Bishop von Galen: German Catholicism and National Socialism

Beth A. Griech-Polelle


Clemens August Graf von Galen, Bishop of Münster from 1933 until his death in 1946, is renowned for his opposition to Nazism, most notably for his public preaching in 1941 against Hitler's euthanasia project to rid the country of sick, elderly, mentally retarded, and disabled Germans. This biographical study of von Galen views him from a different perspective: as a complex figure who moved between dissent and complicity during the Nazi regime, opposing certain elements of National Socialism while choosing to remain silent on issues concerning discrimination, deportation, and the murder of Jews ... More

Keywords: Bishop of Münster, Nazism, public preaching, Hitler, euthanasia, disabled Germans, von Galen, dissent, complicity, National Socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092233
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth A. Griech-Polelle, author