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Then they came for me : Martin Niemöller, the pastor who defied the Nazis

Author: Matthew D Hockenos
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out--because I was not a Communist ..." Few today recognize the name Martin Niemöller, though many know his famous confession. In Then They Came for Me, Matthew Hockenos traces Niemöller's evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler, revealing him to be a more complicated figure than previously understood. Born into a traditionalist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hockenos, Matthew D., 1966-
Then they came for me.
New York : Basic Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018022869
Named Person: Martin Niemöller; Martin Niemöller
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew D Hockenos
ISBN: 9780465097869 0465097863
OCLC Number: 1019590198
Description: ix, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: With God for king and fatherland (1892-1914) --
Serving the Kaiser on the high seas (1914-1918) --
From U-boat to pulpit (1918-1933) --
Trusting God and Hitler (1933) --
Fighting pastor (1934-1937) --
Hitler's personal prisoner (1937-1945) --
Guilt, repentance, renewal (1945-1946) --
Barnstorming America (1946-1947) --
Swords to plowshares (1947-1956) --
Ambassador of God (1956-1984).
Other Titles: Martin Niemöller, the pastor who defied the Nazis
Responsibility: Matthew D. Hockenos.

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"First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out--because I was not a Communist ..." Few today recognize the name Martin Niemöller, though many know his famous confession. In Then They Came for Me, Matthew Hockenos traces Niemöller's evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler, revealing him to be a more complicated figure than previously understood. Born into a traditionalist Prussian family, Niemöller welcomed Hitler's rise to power as an opportunity for national rebirth. Yet when the regime attempted to seize control of the Protestant Church, he helped lead the opposition and was soon arrested. After spending the war in concentration camps, Niemöller emerged a controversial figure: to his supporters he was a modern Luther, while his critics, including President Harry Truman, saw him as an unrepentant nationalist"--Publisher's website.

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