Henry Burkhardt - and LDS Realpolitik in Communist East Germany

Henry Burkhardt - and LDS Realpolitik in Communist East Germany

By: Kuehne, Raymond

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Brand new softcover book! ; When the Soviet army occupied eastern Germany at the end of World War II, more than 6,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fell under the control of the totalitarian and openly atheistic regime of the German Democratic Republic. Due to the relative isolation of the LDS Church in East Germany, a young missionary, Henry Burkhardt, became the official repre­sentative of the church to the communist government, a position that lasted for 40 years. Told largely through original documents and interviews, Henry Burkhardt is a documentary biography that contains two stories: Burkhardt’s life story and a case study of church-state relations in the GDR.

After two decades of government efforts to curtail the LDS Church, Burkhardt became the foundation upon which church lead­ers in the United States would eventually build an improved relationship with the government. Despite the improved relationship with key government offices, Burkhardt was viewed negatively by the Stasi, who watched and reported his every movement. Kuehne uses Burkhardt’s Stasi file to present an interesting contrast to the accounts of a working church-state relationship that saw the construction of the only LDS temple ever built in a communist country. ; 7" x 10"; 208 pages

Title: Henry Burkhardt - and LDS Realpolitik in Communist East Germany

Author Name: Kuehne, Raymond

Categories: Government, Addiction and Recovery, Germany,

Publisher: Salt Lake City, UT, The University of Utah Press: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Condition: New

Seller ID: 53553