Clergy aboard the Bismarck

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Clergy aboard the Bismarck

Postby rclark » Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:33 am

Where there any Clergy aboard the Bismarck at the time of sinking and do you know the names?

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Postby Ulrich Rudofsky » Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:21 pm

I have never heared of a clergyman being aboard any Kriegsmarine warship during wartime. As far as I know they were primarily land-based in WWII. The Kriegsmarine had "Marinepfarrer", protestant and catholic ministers/priests. They had officer status and navy ranks. Marinepfarrer = minister, Marineoberpfarrer = chief minister, and Marinedekan = dean. They wore crosses with oak leaf wreaths on the lapel and a cross in the hat cockade below the eagle and swastika. Here is an example of a naval dean (rear admiral) of the Kriegsmarine http://www.geocities.com/~orion47/WEHRM ... DRICH.html
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Postby rclark » Wed Dec 20, 2006 2:00 am

Even though the Nazi party, in essence, opposed any kind of religion, killing many in death camps, they still had clergy holding high ranks in each of their armed services. What was their ratonale other than being hippocrips? Rev. Ron Clark

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Postby RF » Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:38 am

In response to rclark, many religions have (and some adherents still do) sought to justify murder and killing on ideological and fundamentalist grounds. This includes the Christian religions, and has happened in England in Tudor times.

Many early Christian texts have perpetuated the view of Jews as the ''killers of Christ'' and this sort of fundamentalism easily expresses itself in terms of destroying an enemy.
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