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How Did the Holocaust Happen in a Nation that was 94% Christian?

I just finished reading two very informative and important books -- Perpetrators Victims Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945 by Raul Hilberg and The Holocaust, The Church, and the Law of Unintended Consequences by Anthony J. Sciolino. Thought I would share a few quotes with you.
“Religious affiliation in Nazi Germany 40 percent Roman Catholic and 54 percent Protestant – a nation that was 94 percent Christian. Nazi Germany was more Christian than the United States of America.
How could one of the worst catastrophes in human history have started in one of the most Christian countries of Christian Europe, birthplace of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation?
Father Michael McGarry, a Paulist priest and rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem articulates this most disconcerting reality:
`We Christians need to remember that studying the Shoah (Holocaust) is not simply reading about what happened to the Jews, but what some Christians – some still worshiping, others…