How Silent Were the Churches?: Canadian Protestantism and the Jewish Plight during the Nazi Era [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the 1997 Jewish Book Committee award for scholarship on a Canadian Jewish subject.

Ever since Abella and Troper (None Is too Many, 1982) exposed the anti-Semitism behind Canada’s refusal to allow Jewish escapees from the Third Reich to immigrate, the Canadian churches have been under a shadow. Were the churches silent or largely silent, as alleged, or did they speak?

In How Silent Were the Churches? a Jew and a Christian examine the ...

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How Silent Were the Churches?: Canadian Protestantism and the Jewish Plight during the Nazi Era

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Overview

Winner of the 1997 Jewish Book Committee award for scholarship on a Canadian Jewish subject.

Ever since Abella and Troper (None Is too Many, 1982) exposed the anti-Semitism behind Canada’s refusal to allow Jewish escapees from the Third Reich to immigrate, the Canadian churches have been under a shadow. Were the churches silent or largely silent, as alleged, or did they speak?

In How Silent Were the Churches? a Jew and a Christian examine the Protestant record. Old letters, sermons and other church documents yield a profile of contemporary Protestant attitudes. Countless questions are raised — How much anti-Semitism lurked in Canadian Protestantism? How much pro-German feeling? How accurately did the churches of Canada read the signs of the times? Or did they bury their heads in the sand? Davies and Nefsky discover some surprising answers.

The theologies and the historical and ethnic configurations of Protestant Canada, encompassing religious communities from the United Church to the Quakers, are brought into relief against the background of the Great Depression, the rise of fascism in Europe and the resurgence of nativism in Canadian society.

The authors conclude their study with an evaluation of the limits to Protestant influence in Canada and the dilemmas faced by religious communities and persons of conscience when confronted by the realities of power.

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Draws on letters, sermons, and other documents to yield a profile of Protestant attitudes to the possibility of Jewish immigration during WWII, and explores questions of antisemitism, pro-German feeling, and the resurgence of nativism in Canadian society. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554586660
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 195
  • File size: 340 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Davies is a professor of religion at the University of Toronto and an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. His other books include Antisemitism in Canada: History and Interpretation (editor; WLU Press), Antisemitism and the Christian Mind and Infected Christianity: A Study of Modern Racism.

Marilyn F. Nefsky, is currently an associate professor in the Department of Sociology/Religion and coordinator of Liberal Education for the University of Lethbridge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. I The Setting 1
Antisemitism in Canada 5
Antisemitism in Europe 11
Ch. II The Churches 17
The United Church 19
The Church of England in Canada 21
The Presbyterian Church 22
Baptists and Evangelicals 24
Lutherans, Mennonites and Quakers 25
Ch. III The United Church 30
The fascist temptation 31
Persecution in Germany 33
The refugee crisis 37
Claris E. Silcox 41
The Holocaust 45
Ch. IV The Church of England in Canada 47
Headlam and Inge 48
"Liberty-loving Anglo Saxons" 50
"That ancient race" 52
Every last refugee? 55
W.W. Judd 59
The Holocaust 61
Ch. V The Presbyterian Church 65
Morris Zeidman 67
Persecuted Christians 69
The rabbit and the snake 72
W.L. Mackenzie King 75
The Holocaust 77
Ch. VI Baptists and Evangelicals 80
T.T. Shields 82
Watson Kirkconnell 84
A new Gethsemane 88
"Gardens of the damned" 91
The Holocaust 95
Ch. VII Lutherans, Mennonites and Quakers 99
Lutherans 99
Mennonites 106
Quakers 116
Ch. VIII Conclusion 123
Appendix A 132
Appendix B 136
Notes 137
Index 174
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