Association of Contemporary Church Historians

(Arbeitsgemeinschaft kirchlicher Zeitgeschichtler)

This page is intended for recipients of Professor John Conway's electronic newsletter for those interested in German church history. The goal is to provide biographical information of list members. To subscribe to that list, contact Professor Conway.

Member Biographical Information

Anderson, Margaret Lavinia: After teaching at Swarthmore College for 19 years, I came to Berkeley in 1990. My publications have been largely on the politics of the German Empire, with an emphasis on political Catholicism. I have just completed a book on the political culture of the German Empire. Entitled PRACTICING DEMOCRACY: AUTHORITY, COMMUNITY, AND ELECTIONS IN IMPERIAL GERMANY, 1867-1914 (although my subtitle may change, in deference to the qualms of my editor), it is in press, with Princeton. I am fishing around for a completely new field, perhaps connected with German missionaries. I am intrigued by the story Pastor Johannes Lepsius. My teaching has concentratrated on 19th and 20th century Europe, although I also teach the 1453-to-the-Present survey in rotation with other colleagues. I have always wanted to teach a Religion-and-Society course or seminar, but never dared, daunted by the difficulties of structure, of finding appropriate readings, and (perhaps) of stepping into various hornests nests. But I would be most grateful if any list members have taught such a course and would be willing to share their syllabi, experiences, teaching tips. Email: [3 June 1999]

John S. Conway, B.A., M.A., PhD., was born on December 31st 1929 in London, England, and educated at Sedbergh School, West Yorkshire (now Cumbria). After military service with the Intelligence Corps, mainly with the British Troops in Austria in 1948-9, he took all his university studies at St John's College Cambridge from 1949-1955. He emigrated to Canada in
1955 and taught International Relations for two years at the University of Manitoba. In 1957 he joined the Department of History at UBC, and continued teaching Modern European History and International Relations until 1995. In 1998 he was appointed the Smallman Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario. His prinicpal scholarly work has been to research the role of the German Churches in the 1930s and 1940s, as a result of which he wrote his book The Nazi Persecution of the Churches 1933-1945, which was first published in Britain in 1968, and subsequently was translated into German, French and Spanish, and was reissued in 1997, under the auspices of Regent College, Vancouver. His researches took him frequently to Germany, which he has visited almost every year, including several sabbatical periods at various German universities. In 1970 he was a founding member of the Scholars' Conference on the German Church and the Holocaust, and has since written a large number of articles dealing with the role of the European churches and the Vatican during the Holocaust, as well as on the topic of Christian-Jewish relations during the twentieth century. He has paid three visits to Israel, and lectured at the Yad Washem Memorial Foundation in Jerusalem in 1993. From 1995 he has been the Director of the Association of Contemporary Church Historians, and editor of its monthly Newsletter which has a world-wide audience and is available on E-mail. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte
and the Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. [12 March 2006]

Bytwerk, Randall: I am Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). I am interested primarily in Nazi and East German propaganda, which sometimes leads me into areas relevant to this group. My German Propaganda Archive, a collection of translations of propaganda material from the Nazi and East German eras, includes some material relevant to this group. [12 March 2006]

Hall, Bruce W. -- BA, MA, Brigham Young University (1996, 1998); Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo (current - diss. advisor, Georg Iggers). My interests include Churches in the former German Democratic Republic, East German Propaganda - esp. for youth, and Nazi Propaganda. My dissertation topic is kleine Religionsgemeinschaften (minority religions) in the former GDR. My MA thesis focused on the 'Mormon' church in the GDR and a review of it by Dr. Conway was posted in the August 1998 ACCH newsletter. Email:

Hughes, Jay: Born in New York City in 1928 as the son and grandson of Anglican priests, I was educated at Episcopalian schools in New York and Connecticut before earning an A.B. in Classics from Harvard in 1948. Following theological studies in England and New York City I served as a priest in the Episcopal Church for 6 happy years before becoming a Roman Catholic in 1960 and a Catholic priest in 1968. Reared in a strongly anglophile atmosphere (my father studied at Oxford), I regarded Germany, our enemy in 2 world wars, as the pod of infection from which many of the evils in our world flowed. I began to modify this simplistic view during the decade I spent in Austria (1960-61) and Germany (1962-69), studying and teaching. My dissertation for the Dr. theol. at the University of Münster (1969) was on the validity of Anglican Orders, condemned by Pope Leo XIII in 1986 as "absolutely null and utterly void" (the title of my first book in 1968). For fully three decades, however, I have had a keen interest in the Kirchenkampf and Holocaust, attending several scholars' conferences on this subject while teaching at St. Louis University in the early 1970s. I have published several articles in this area, and a large number of book reviews. Though no great admirer of Pius XII, I regard the view, widely accepted in this country, that he was co-responsible for the Holocaust as one of the major falsifications of post-WWII historiography. I am a priest of the St. Louis archdiocese and can be reached at: John Jay Hughes, 7316 Balson Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63130-2901; 314-862-4338; fax 721-7838; Email:

Kirby, Diane: part-time in the Departments of Politics at the Universities of York and Newcastle-upon-Tyne where I teach US Politics and Government, US Foreign Policy and the Cold War. My interests reside in the nexus between religion and politics, particularly in the Second World War and the Cold War. I am also interested in 20th century American religion, US-Vatican relations and the relationship between the Church of England and the Foreign Office. I am currently trying to find out what I can re: religious dissent behind the Iron Curtain and the extent to which it was supported and promoted by the western powers and/or by western churches and/or churchmen. I am also intersted in emigre groups, particularly the Karlovci Council. Any advice or guidance as to what has been published in the field or where to seek primary sources would be more than welcome. The period which with I am most concerned is that from 1945 to the end of the fifties. I would be more than happy to do some collaborative work if there is anybody out there with a similar interest. Email: [2 July 1999]

Mark R.Lindsay: "After studying and working at the University of Western Australia, I am now Director of Academic Studies at Trinity College, University of Melbourne. My main research interests are: the theology of Karl Barth (my book Covenanted Solidarity: The Theological Basis of Karl Barth's Opposition to Nazi Antisemitism and the Holocaust was published by Peter Lang in 2001); post-Holocaust theology; Jewish-Christian relations. I am presently writing a book on the role of traumatic history in the construction of systematic and pastoral theology. email:

Lukens, Michael B.: Professor, Religious Studies, St. Norbert College, DePere, WI 54115 office: 920/403-3091; home: 920/434-8705; fax:920/403-4086. Primary Interests: Post-Holocaust Theology; Catholic theological responses and movements within Third Reich. Email: or

Smith, Wesley: A 1998 Ph. D. graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary in modern European history. My dissertation was about Ludwig Ihmels (1858-1933), Lutheran Bishop of Saxony (1922-1933), entitled, "Volksseelsorge: Ludwig Ihmels and Germany's Domestic Crises, 1902-1933." Previously, I wrote a master's thesis on Bismarck and the Kulturkampf. My interests in German history, c. 1870-1945, cover institutional history, religious history, music history, and the history of Saxony. E-mail is [2 May 2000]


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