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Church Resistance to Nazism in Norway, 1940-1945

Arne Hassing

  • Published: June 2014
  • Subject Listing: Scandinavian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 424 pp., 13 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Series: New Directions in Scandinavian Studies
  • Contents

Church Resistance to Nazism in Norway, 1940-1945 examines the evolution of the Lutheran state Church of Norway in response to the German occupation. While German Protestant churches generally accepted Nazism and state incorporation, Norway's churches rejected both Nazism and ideological alignment. Arne Hassing moves through the history of the Church of Norway's relationship to the Nazi state, from its initial confused complicities to its open resistance and separation. He writes engagingly of the people at the center of this struggle, and reflects on how the resistance affected the post-war church and state.
Arne Hassing is professor emeritus of religious studies at Northern Arizona University.

"Illuminative. Hassing's detailed analysis will undoubtedly be a major resource for future treatments of European church-state relations during the early twentieth century."
-John S. Conway, University of British Columbia
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Map of the Church of Norway's dioceses in 1940

Part I. Preludes
1. German Prelude 5
2. Norwegian Preludes

Part II. Invasion, Accommodation, Collaboration
3. Weserubung
4. Forging a Front

Part III. Resistance
5. In Defense of a Just State
6. The NS Church System
7. Against Nazification
8. In Defense of the Church
9. The Resignation of the Bishops
10. In Defense of the Young
11. Easter 1942

Part IV. Contesting NS Legitimacy
12. Negotiations?
13. The Autonomous Church
14. The NS Church

Part V. Final Protests
15. In Defense of Jews
16. Against Compulsory Labor Service

Part VI. Holding Out
17. Between the Times

Part VII. Liberation
18. The Reckoning
Epilogue: Legacies

Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Reviews