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Moroni and the Swastika


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David Conley Nelson holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University. He served six years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and is now an independent researcher and commercial airline captain. He is the author of Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany.


David Nelson carefully examines the American and German Mormons who developed a small but dedicated cadre of converts in prewar Germany. Nelson shows how, as war became imminent, the Nazis accepted the Mormons and vice versa, whereas some religious communities such as the Jehovah's Witnesses resisted and suffered greatly. This book's critical scope, combined with intensive research and thorough analysis, provides a story of stunning breadth and clarity."" - Robert C. Doyle, author of The Enemy in Our Hands, A Prisoner's Duty: Great Escapes in U.S. Military History, and Voices from Captivity: Interpreting the American POW Narrative

""David C. Nelson's Moroni and the Swastika takes us to the heart of one of the most important questions for our age: How could the Nazi horrors have happened and could they happen again? In this book we learn how ordinary good-living people, driven by faith and the leadership of their church, were not only silent but also colluding. Rather than apportioning blame, this story instead leads readers on a journey toward understanding the consequences for believers 'of conflating God and government.'"" - Christine Elizabeth King, author of The Nazi State and the New Religions: Five Case Studies in Non-Conformity

""With his comprehensive consultation of Mormon sources and astute use of recent German scholarship, David C. Nelson gives an unparalleled view of the remarkable way the LDS Church prospered in Nazi Germany while many other religious minorities suffered."" - D. Michael Quinn, author of Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

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