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Moroni and the swastika : Mormons in Nazi Germany

Author: David Conley Nelson
Publisher: Norman, Oklahoma : University of Oklahoma Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First [edition]View all editions and formats
"While Adolf Hitler's National Socialist government was persecuting Jews and Jehovah's Witnesses and driving forty-two small German religious sects underground, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued to practice unhindered. How some fourteen thousand Mormons not only survived but thrived in Nazi Germany is a story little known, rarely told, and occasionally rewritten within the confines of the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Conley Nelson
ISBN: 9780806146683 0806146680
OCLC Number: 890814175
Description: xvi, 416 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm
Contents: Deliverance on the night of broken glass --
Mormonism's long nineteenth century in Germany : from pariahs to skilled survivors --
German Mormons in the Great War : lessons learned in the crucible of combat --
Mormons in the Weimar Republic : honing survival skills in a fledgling democracy --
The Mormon battle plan in the Third Reich --
Genealogy : promoting a common worldview on Earth and in the afterlife --
Mormon basketball diplomacy in Hitler's Reich --
Boy Scouting : the Mormons' only unconditional surrender to the Nazis --
The Führer's chosen peiople? The Mormons' Hitler myth --
A countervailing myth : Nazi persecution of the Mormons --
God's Oberführer : the Mormon mission president --
J. Reuben Clark : Mormon ambassador plenipotentiary and his entourage --
The Second World War and its aftermath --
Forgotten heroes and rediscovered villains --
Mormons and Jews : an inconvenient association --
Helmuth Hübener : a memory beacon with a dimmer switch --
A premature curtain call --
To save the church?
Responsibility: David Conley Nelson.
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A page-turning historical narrative, this book is the first full account of how Mormons avoided Nazi persecution through skilled collaboration with Hitler's regime, and then eschewed postwar shame by  Read more...


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David Nelson carefully examines the American and German Mormons who developed a small but dedicated cadre of converts in prewar Germany. Nelson shows how, as war became imminent, the Nazis accepted Read more...

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