The Moral Imperative: New Essays on the Ethics of Resistance in National Socialist Germany, 1933-1945

Synopsis

The Moral Imperative: New Essays on the Ethics of Resistance in National Socialist Germany, 1933–1945 explores a number of the moral codes that inspired, justified, and sustained the resisting conscience in the Third Reich. This collection of essays, by seven of the top scholars working on the history of the German resistance, including Klemens von Klemperer, Peter Hoffmann, and Beate Ruhm von Oppen, relates the contributors' expressions to the cultural and institutional realities of a totalitarian state. Topics covered include the church and the resistance, the Prussian conservative element, and the persecution of the Jews as a motivation for resistance by non-Jews.