Reich Bishop

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Müller before his election in Wittenberg

The Reich Bishop was after the church constitution of 11 July 1933, the highest organ of the German Evangelical Church . As a corporation under public law , it took the place of the German Evangelical Church Federation . The office of Reich Bishop only existed in the Protestant Church during the Nazi era .

Friedrich von Bodelschwingh the Younger was Reich Bishop-designate until June 24, 1933; but because of the church political disputes after the Reichstag election of March 1933 , he did not take office.

In East Prussia , National Socialism had a particularly large number of supporters. Immediately after his appointment as Reich Chancellor on January 30, 1933 , Adolf Hitler brought two soldiers from Königsberg to Berlin, the military district commander Werner von Blomberg as Reich Defense Minister and his chief of staff Walter von Reichenau as Head of the Ministerial Office . On April 25, 1933, Ludwig Müller , the parish priest in District I , made Hitler his confidante and authorized representative for questions of the Protestant Church. In Wittenberg chose the German Evangelical national synod of the German Christians then Müller unanimously that perished on September 27, 1933, the newly created kingdom of the Episcopate only with the Nazi regime in May 1945th

Individual evidence

  1. Manuel Ruoff: Why Ludwig Müller became Reichsbishop. 80 years ago the parish priest in Königsberg became the leader of the German Evangelical Church . Preussische Allgemeine Zeitung , No. 38, September 21, 2013, p. 11.

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