Were the National Socialists a Völkisch Party? Paganism, Christianity, and the Nazi Christmas

  title={Were the National Socialists a V{\"o}lkisch Party? Paganism, Christianity, and the Nazi Christmas},
  author={Samuel Koehne},
  journal={Central European History},
  pages={760 - 790}
  • S. Koehne
  • Published 1 December 2014
  • History
  • Central European History
A trend in studies about National Socialism and religion in recent years argues for a deliberate distinction between the Nazi Party (NSDAP) and the antisemitic völkisch movement of nineteenth-century Germany. This article challenges that contention. Several researchers have published comprehensive studies on the heterogeneous nature of Christian responses to the Nazis, but a comparable approach looking at how the Nazis viewed religion has not yet been undertaken. A study of the latter type is… 
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