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State and Religion: Austrian Quaker Nazi Identity in World War II

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Title: State and Religion: Austrian Quaker Nazi Identity in World War II
Author: Glaser, Sarah A.
Advisor: McGuire, Anne Marie
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Religion
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The interaction between Quakerism and Nazism has been heavily studied in regards to the aid work Quakers provided, but the topic of the Quakers who sided with the Nazis is rarely explored. This thesis examines how it would be possible for a small group of Quakers in the Vienna Meeting to align themselves politically with the Nazi government while still maintaining their Quaker identities. Specifically the case of Rudolph Boeck, the Vienna representative to the German Yearly Meeting and a member of the Nazi government, illustrates this point most clearly. The non-dogmatic ideas behind Quakerism and the unique cultural circumstances of post-World War I Austria made these two ideologies compatible for the Vienna Quakers of the time.
Subject: Germany -- Church history -- 1933-1945
Subject: Authority -- Religious aspects -- Society of Friends
Subject: Quakers -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Subject: Church and state -- Germany -- History -- 1933-1945
Subject: National socialism and religion
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