Between the Swastika and the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance, and Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer
: On February 15, 1946, the Soviet NKVD raided the home of Ernst Lohmeyer just hours before his inauguration as the president of Greifswald University in Germany. Lohmeyer had survived active duty in both World War I and World...
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On February 15, 1946, the Soviet NKVD raided the home of Ernst Lohmeyer just hours before his inauguration as the president of Greifswald University in Germany. Lohmeyer had survived active duty in both World War I and World War II. A New Testament scholar and theologian, he resisted the rise of Nazi fascism as a member of the Confessing Church. But the Soviet occupation of Germany was even more repressive than Nazi domination. With the exception of one letter from prison, Lohmeyer was never heard from again.
In Between the Swastika and the Sickle James R. Edwards recounts the story of Lohmeyer's life, his theological achievements, his courageous resistance to the forces of political repression-not least against Jews in Nazi Germany-and the events surrounding his death. But the book also includes Edwards's intrepid search for the legacy of this brilliant and courageous scholar, whose story is made even more compelling by the tumultuous interplay of faith and politics in twenty-first-century America.
James R. Edwards (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is an award winning Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology, and Department Chair at Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. He is an ordained minister, PCUSA, contributing editor of Christianity Today, and the author of the award winning Is Jesus the Only Savior? and The Gospel of Mark (Pillar Bible Commentary); Romans (New International Bible Commentary) The Divine Intruder and most recently The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition.
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