- Gebundene Ausgabe: 312 Seiten
- Verlag: University of Missouri Press (September 1997)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0826211348
- ISBN-13: 978-0826211347
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 2,5 x 23,5 cm
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Quakers and Nazis: Inner Light in Outer Darkness (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 1997
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Hans Schmitt knows well the humanitarian work performed by German Quakers during World War II--he was a recipient of their kindness and faith. In a world torn by hate and war, the Society of Friends ministered to all people in pain--Jews and Nazis alike--while risking their lives during meetings in open opposition to Hitler's Reich. In this excellent historical account of both German Quakers and Germany itself, Schmitt details the lives of the Quakers, their fearless work of peace, and the criticism they received for not choosing sides.
"There is no comparable published book or even a major article on the Quaker response to the rise of Nazi Germany. "Quakers and Nazis" is thoroughly researched and clearly written. The result is a book to read, savor, and enjoy." J. William Frost, author of "The Quaker Family in Colonial America: A Portrait of the Society of Friends""Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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But Schmitt also writes of how the Friends worked to free Nazis from prison, to feed the Nazis and German soldiers, and make sure they were clothed. They believed that no one should be imprisoned for the sake of their conscience, no one should be mistreated for what they believed- no matter how insiduous those beliefs.
There are times when the Quakers struggle with their missions, and times when they don't agree. Reflecting the standard Quaker doctrine that each individual should be guided by the internal Light of the Holy Spirit, some choose to fight for Germany, though most choose the ancient Quaker doctrine of pacifism. Some choose to work in England to try to appease Germany; others realize early on this will not happen. Some are willing to agree with Germany's Semitic separations in feeding the poor and oppressed, in order that they might at least help some; others refuse to be involved in anti-Semitism at all.
Schmitt writes with copious detail, which can lead to some boredom at times- there's a lot of research here, and sometimes you have to wade through it to get to the better parts. I was particularly impressed how, as one reads step by step in the history of the period, how easy it was to not realize the horrific nature of the Nazi regime, from the perspective of the time. Even the Quakers who disagree with the anti-Semitism, violence, and injustice of the Nazis, don't realize the full gamut of the evil of the Nazi regime until the stories come out at war's end. In the beginning, it is one's own country, which has taken a wrong turn, as every country does, in every age. And the wrong turn gets a little worse. And a little worse. And it is so easy to disagree with the actions of one's country, to fight them, but still not realize that that last turn was the one that went far, far too far.
The Friends respond to these wrong turns with love. They decided they would love the Jews, and their fellow Germans. And that they would love the Nazis, as brothers and friends. Just as they won slave-owners in the South to the cause of abolition by loving the slave-owners as brothers, they hoped to win over the Nazis. They succeeded in some small measure in gaining greater rights to care for the oppressed. But most of all, they remained a witness of love and peace, a light in a time of great darkness.
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