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Other Christians bravely opposed and fought the Nazis, and often paid with there lives Archbishop Galen, the Catholic Archbishop of Munster spoke out against the Nazi Policy of Euthanasia of the handicapped. Martin Niemoller opposed the Nazi take over of the Protestant Churches, he spent time in various concentration camps from 1937 till the end of the war. Protestant pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was one of the leading resistors to the Nazi regime. He established contacts with the British, and networked with other resistance groups such as Kreisau Circle. He was arrested in 1943 and executed in April 1945. Nearly 400 catholic priests had been incarnated in, Dachau Concentration Camp alone by 1945(4 ).

On March 1941 Bishop Preysing of Berlin preaced a Sermon on euthanasia, "No justification and no excuse can be found for taking away the life of the weak or the ill for any sort of economic or eugenic reasons.... With the same determination as she has protected the institution of marriage ... the church will protect the right of every individual to live."(5 ).

After a Coup attempt on Hitler's life in July 20 1944 when a bomb that was planted near Hitler failed to kill and only Slightly injured him. Hitler order the arrest of anyone associated with the plotters, among the arrested were three Jesuit priests Lothar Konig, Augustin Rosch and Alfred Delp (6 ).

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church, HITLER, RELIGION, Christians, Nazis, Archbishop Galen, Euthanasia, Niemoller, Bonhoeffer, catholic priests, Dachau, Preysing, Jesuit priests