Birth of Clemens August Graf von Galen, Bishop of Münster

Birth of Clemens August Graf von Galen, Bishop of Münster

Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen
Source: Domkapitular Gustav Albers

Clemens August Graf von Galen, Catholic Bishop of Münster in Westphalia, is born in Germany to an aristocratic family. A fierce opponent of everything the Weimar Republic represents — liberalism, equality, modernism, democracy, socialism, and individualism — von Galen will welcome the Nazi seizure of power and will regularly have positive things to say about Adolf Hitler.

However, von Galen does object to the sterilization laws and what he perceives as infringements on Catholic rights. He forcefully stands up to government pressure to denounce those policies which he objects to.

This, however, makes his silence in so many other issues — the persecution of the Jews, the infringements on civil liberties, etc. — all the more striking. Even worse, von Galen is a violent nationalist who becomes very supportive of the Nazi invasions of other European nations.

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