Watch Hearts Divided: Baptism and the Jews in the Third Reich
- 59 min
In 1933 Berlin Bishop Joachim Hossenfelder proclaimed the popular, pro-Nazi "German Christian" movement the "Storm Troopers of Christ." Hossenfelder led the early phase of a movement that still echoes through the church today, even though the world has tried to forget. This film uncovers a history few have remembered: a church of heroes and heretics, of selfless good alongside unspeakable evil: -Ludwig Mueller, the bishop of the Third Reich -Martin Niemoeller, the first to resist the Nazification of the church -Karl Themel, a pastor who used baptismal certificates to send "Jewish Christians" to the concentration camps -Werner Syltan, a pastor who died at Dachau because of his work on behalf of persons of Jewish descent -Walter Grundmann, a reknown Biblical scholar and architect of the "Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Church Life" Although Nazi Germany was vanquished in 1945, its legacy lives on in churches still struggling with the implications of history. Perfect for the Sunday school or university classroom, this film will inspire and inform you about a history you only thought you knew. "Storm Troopers of Christ" was an official selection of the European Spiritual Film Festival, Paris, 2008.