Criticism of Anti-Christian Tendencies
At the end of 1936, the principal of the school in Oberwetz reported Pastor Koch to the district attorney’s office for a political sermon. Koch had preached on Luke 2:34 and cited Rosenberg’s “Myth of the Twentieth Century” as a current example of the opposition to Christ.
In correspondence, Koch explained his criticism of anti-Christian propaganda and anti-church measures. At the same time, he made clear that above all its tieswith the völkisch “weltanschauung” separated him from National Socialism. The district attorney’s office did not press any charges against Koch because of the scant prospects of success.
In the summer of 1937, Koch announced the names of imprisoned pastors every Sunday and commended them to the congregation’s intercessory prayer. On August 29 of that year, he read aloud a pulpit announcement from the Confessing Church, which described harassment by the party and the state in detail. As a result, the teacher Müller quit his job as organist.
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- © Udo Koch-Mehrin