German Catholicism at War explores the mentalities and experiences of German Catholics during the Second World War. Taking the German Home Front, and most specifically, the Rhineland and Westphalia, as its core focus German Catholicism at War examines Catholics' responses to developments in the war, their complex relationships with the Nazi regime, and their religious practices. Drawing on a wide range of source materials stretching from personal
letters and diaries to pastoral letters and Gestapo reports, Thomas Brodie breaks new ground in our understanding of the Catholic community in Germany during the Second World War.
Thomas Brodie took his BA, MSt, and Doctoral degrees at Hertford College, Oxford, between 2006 and 2014. He was senior scholar of the college during the academic years 2010-2012, and fully funded by the AHRC during his doctoral career. He held a Hanseatic Scholarship at the Centre for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam in 2013/14, and taught at the University of Leeds in 2014/15. Since 2015 he has worked as Departmental Lecturer at Jesus College, Oxford. His unpublished doctoral thesis, 'For Christ and Germany': German Catholicism and the Second World War, was officially commended by the judges of the Wiener Library's Fraenkel Prize in 2014.
Introduction Prologue: 1933-1939 1: The Years of Victory, 1939-1940 2: Towards Confrontation 3: The War Intensifies, December 1941- June 1944 4: Religious Life on the German Home Front 5: The Catholic Diaspora: Experiences of Evacuation 6: Of Collapses and Rebirths Bibliography