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CLIP 3286

Lack of Christian opposition to Hitler

Lack of Christian opposition to Hitler
Key Info
  • Lack of Christian opposition to Hitler
  • Duration: 02:34
  • Why did the church choose to believe Hitler's promises? An extract from the diary of Fritz Rech that demonstrates that the only person Hitler wanted the Germans to worship was himself. The passive nature of the church is explained, and the clip ends with a particularly emotive poem written by Martin Niemöller, entitled 'First they came...'
  • Credits: Imperial War Museum, Chronos-Media GmbH and British Movietone
  • Subject:



    Weimar and Nazi Germany

  • Keywords: Nazi, Christian, church, Fritz Rech, Martin Niemöller
Ideas for use in class
  • Students should brainstorm and then discuss all the reasons that they can find as to why the Christian church did not or could not pull together and try to resist Hitler.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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