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Karl BarthAgainst Hegemony$
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Timothy J. Gorringe

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752462.001.0001

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The Struggle against Fascism

The Struggle against Fascism

March 1930—December 1941

(p.117) 4 The Struggle against Fascism
Karl Barth

Timothy Gorringe

Oxford University Press

Barth was already evidently concerned with issues of theological and political developments when he moved to Bonn in March 1930. Germany was increasingly experiencing unemployment and the local elections for the National Socialist and Communist candidates saw gains. The centre government was thus established to facilitate radical fiscal reform, and its rejection initiated a number of various effects on the number of votes for the National Socialist party. Hitler's ‘Sturmabteilung’ or the SA played no small part in the street violence which was aimed at socialists, Communists, and the Jews. It was during this period that Barth joined the Social Democrats — the fundamental party which was grounded against fascism. In this chapter, we explore the German situation, particularly on German Christians, during the rise of Hitler and fascism.

Keywords:   Hitler, fascism, Germany, local elections, unemployment, German Christians, Social Democrats

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