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Germany’s Catholic Fraternities and the Weimar Republic


Jeremy Stephen Roethler

Through the last century, Catholic fraternity alumni have served as German chancellors, presidents, federal ministers, state executives, and leading voices in Germany’s parliament. They have played leading roles in the Catholic press, in Catholic youth groups, in Catholic civic associations, and in the German Catholic hierarchy. After World War II, Catholic fraternity alumni played founding roles in the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU), the two parties that led West Germany’s transition from its catastrophic defeat («zero hour») to the economic miracle (1949–1969). This book considers the ideas that many of these Catholic leaders encountered as college students or as active alumni in their fraternities in the fifteen years before Adolf Hitler came to power.
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Chapter Two: Catholic Fraternities at War


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Catholic Fraternities at War

Our family homes were located just minutes apart. We attended the same schools, went to prep school together, were together at the same university, belonged to the same Unitas Frisia fraternity and pursued the same high goal, the sacerdotium Jesu Christi, only with one difference: he was always a year behind me. Then the war arrived that tore us apart. And now, after my dear friend has rested in the ground of Flanders for two years, I write his obituary.


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