American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht by M. Mazzenga

By M. Mazzenga

This book examines how American Protestants, Catholics and Jews replied to the persecution of Jews in Germany and German-occupied territory within the Thirties. The essays concentrate on American non secular responses to Kristallnacht and symbolize the 1st exam of multi-religious team responses to the beginnings of the Holocaust.

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Standing up together to show their solidarity, they affirmed the following statement: We, the members and friends of the Community Church of New York, have assembled this day for the worship of God, Whom we have been taught to reverence as the Father of all mankind, without distinction of race, nationality or creed. . We have prayed to God for mercy and rescue of our brethren, the Jews of Germany, stricken by such horrors of persecution as outrage all sense of human decency, profane the divine ordinances of love and justice and carry the world back to that jungle savagery from which we had believed that men had escaped forever.

11. Ibid. 12. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Communion of the Saints (New York: Harper and Row, 1963), 189. 13. William J. Schmidt, Architect of Unity: A Biography of Samuel McCrea Cavert (New York: Friendship Press, 1978), 120. 14. ” 15. Curry, Protestant-Catholic Relations, 30. 16. Document, October 26, 1928. ” 17. , minutes of the National Conference of Christians and Jews meeting, February 21, 1930. 18. Ibid. 19. “The Situation in Germany,” by H. Schoenfeld, dated April 25, 1933. ” 20. See especially the reports by A.

Archive, LBI, New York, High Commission for Refugees, letter to Bernard Kahn in London, February 9, 1934; Text of telegram, January 22, 1934, to Bernhard Kahn in Paris, setting up the London meeting with him. 38. Burke Library, UTS, Henry Smith Leiper papers. Letter, Lazaron to Clinchy, from Amsterdam, May 13, 1935. Leiper’s reply to Lazaron (c/o Kahn in Paris), June 7, 1935. 39. Letter, Leiper to Roy McCorkel, May 23, 1939. ” 40. Burke Library, UTS, Henry Smith Leiper papers. Letter, Lazaron to Clinchy, May 13, 1935.

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