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Mothering the Fatherland: A Protestant Sisterhood Repents for the Holocaust

George Faithful


During the Allied bombing of Darmstadt, Germany, in 1944, some Lutheran young women perceived their city’s destruction as an expression of God’s wrath. In 1947, a small number of them formed the Ecumenical (now “Evangelical”) Sisterhood of Mary, one of the first postwar Protestant religious orders. They sensed God’s call on them to embrace lives of radical repentance for the sins of the German people (Volk) against God and against the Jews. Under Mother Basilea, born Klara Schlink, the sisters embraced an ideology of collective national guilt for the Holocaust. According to Schlink, a handful ... More

Keywords: Klara Schlink, Mother Basilea, Ecumenical Sisterhood of Mary, Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, collective national guilt, Holocaust, repentance, German nationalism, Protestant religious orders, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199363469
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Faithful, author
Seton Hall University