Work of the Fellows: Monographs

The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany

Heschel, Susannah (Fellow, 1997-98)

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Based on years of archival research, The Aryan Jesus examines the membership and activities of this controversial theological organization. With headquarters in Eisenach, the Institute sponsored propaganda conferences throughout the Nazi Reich and published books defaming Judaism, including a dejudaized version of the New Testament and a catechism proclaiming Jesus as the savior of the Aryans. Institute members--professors of theology, bishops, and pastors--viewed their efforts as a vital support for Hitler's war against the Jews. Heschel looks in particular at Walter Grundmann, the Institute's director and a professor of the New Testament at the University of Jena. Grundmann and his colleagues formed a community of like-minded Nazi Christians who remained active and continued to support each other in Germany's postwar years.

Subjects: History; Religion; Anti-Semitism; Christianity; Judaism; Nazi Germany; Protestantism; Theology