Carolyn Sanzenbacher
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Antisemitism, refugees and war
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Chapter 3 opens with analysis of a July 1937 ICCAJ study on antisemitism at an international conference in Vienna, advanced by delegates from eighteen countries. The consultative statements on racial antisemitism delivered ten days later to the historic UCCLW Oxford conference that ushered in the World Council of Churches in Formation (WCCIF) bore significantly on ICCAJ’s increasing status as ecumenical expert on the Jewish problem. The subsequent restructuring of UCCLW into WCCIF in 1938 moved the social-issue and conversionary arms of the movement into closer proximity by way of powerful overlapping roles in leadership. Ongoing Nazi aggression increasing the refugee crisis furthered the move by bringing ICCAJ and the social-issue arm of WCCIF into collaborative proximity. Both trajectories responded by taking on new refugee-related roles that led incrementally to collaboration on other Jewish issues. Beginning with Germany’s Anschluss of Austria in March 1938 and increasing after Kristallnacht in November, joint efforts led to a spring 1939 launch of an ecumenical office for non-Aryan Christian refugees in London. The directorship, which was slated for the ICCAJ director, was inadvertently altered by the sudden onset of war and the subsequent relocation of the refugee office to Geneva. Against these backdrops and woven throughout were the ongoing efforts of UCCLW, and then WCCIF, to advance ecumenical unity through maintenance of relations with all parts of the German Protestant church, including the Reich church aligned with the Nazi state.

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