Gale Family Foundation Spring 2022 Lecture: "Saving Christianity, Killing Jews: German Military Chaplains and the Holocaust" by Dr. Doris L. Bergen
During Hitler's rule, more than 1000 men served the German military as chaplains. These Catholic priests and Protestant pastors accompanied Wehrmacht units wherever they went. What role did Christian chaplains play in Nazi German atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews? Can this history shed light on religion and violence in our own times?
Doris L. Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of five books, including War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (3rd edition 2016). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Bergen was part of the team that designed the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. She served on the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.