Bishop Bell and the trial of German war criminals: a moral history.

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Abstract

This paper makes a conscious "moral" and "historical" confrontation with Bishop Bell opposition to several war crimes in connection with the defeat of Germany in 1945. He argues that, as persistently However, Bell had used for the victims of the Nazi persecution of the Jews, he was now guilty of not acting in the interests of those victims, but in favor of the dubious claims of a number of those involved directly in the mass murder were. This represented a substantial miscarriage of justice dar. But that was no accident. Bell hanging on an opinion that differed too naive between the Nazis and those who a different a Christian Germany represented. It was the "legitimacy" of that other Germany, not least because of the danger of Soviet communism, what was most important to him now. The danger of this opinion was that they brought the bishop in questionable arguments and a controversial company, and that they contributed nothing to encourage a clear public commitment to the fate of the Jews in occupied Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-348
JournalKirchliche Zeitgeschichte
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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