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THE CHURCHES & HITLER:

­ Coordination of the churches into volksgemeinschaft posed serious challenges for the Nazi
regime for 2 main reasons:
> Germans were divided by faith ­ Protestant/Roman Catholic
> religious loyalties were very strong and deep-rooted and were therefore an obstacle to
the Nazi aim of making…

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> The Nazi's policy of gleichschaltung shows that the regime's attempt to coordinate the
Protestant Church was a failure, due to the uprising of the Confessional Church in September.

Attempts to remove this lack of conformity:
> Hitler youth was implemented in the 1933, but flourished in 1936 with the…

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> permission to hold public meetings was restricted
> Catholic newspapers were censored and Nazi editors imposed upon them

THE PAPAL ENCYCLICAL, 1937
> In 1937, the pope decided that the Church should no longer remain silent in the face of Nazi
repression.
> He issued an encyclical entitled 'with…

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