The Nazi Persecution of the Churches, 1933-45

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Appendix I: Principles of the religious
movement of 'German Christians', issued
in June 1932
(Printed in K. Kupisch, Quellen zur Geschichte des deutschen Protestantismus 1871-1945 (Göttingen 1960) pp. 251-3)
i. These principles shall show all faithful German men and women the ways and means of attaining a reorganization of the Church. These principles shall not be, or become, a substitute for a confession of faith, nor shall they undermine the fundamental creeds of the Evangelical Church. They are a confession of life.
2. We fight for the integration of the 29 Churches comprised within the 'German Evangelical Church Association' into one Evangelical Reich Church and we march under the motto and object:

Outwards one and strong in spirit,
Rallied round Jesus and his works,
Inside rich and polymorphic,
Every Christian to his call and ways.

(Adapted from Geibel)

3. The description 'German Christians' does not mean an ecclesiastical political party in the conventional interpretation of the term. It addresses itself to all Evangelical Christians of the German race. Parliamentarianism has had its day, in the Church as well. Ecclesiastical political parties have not the religious credentials of representing the church-nation, and stand in the way of our high aim of becoming one church-nation. We want a vigorous national church which is the expression of all forces of faith in our nation.
4. We stand on the ground of positive Christianity. We profess an

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