Martin Niemöller

A life in opposition

Original Title: Martin Niemöller. Ein Leben in Opposition

Hardcover with jacket, 640 pages, 15.0 x 22.7 cm, 5.9 x 8.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04712-0
€ 39.00 [D] | € 40.10 [A] | CHF 51.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: August 26, 2019
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Benjamin  Ziemann - Martin Niemöller


The first comprehensive biography of one of the major figures in the last century

Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892 – 1984) is known as one of the initiators of the Confessing Church and for his speeches after 1945 about German guilt. Yet as a student he was active in various völkisch and anti-Semitic parties and associations and in 1933 welcomed the Nazi accession to power. Even after 1945 his animosity towards Jews was repeatedly apparent.

Benjamin Ziemann has closely assessed all available source material and reconstructed the biograph of a very vocal Church politician and nationalist who rejected the Weimar Republic and Adenauer's policy of integration with the West as much as the party state of the Federal Republic. In 1945, Niemöller turned to pacifism – and yet his attitudes remained very much those of the imperial naval officer he once was.

This life, packed as it was with dramatic moments, contradictions and personal crises, is a vivid reflection of the upheavals and continuities of 20th century German history.


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