Just a note on some new web materials we will be posting soon. By November, we hope to have additional materials relating to Catholic responses to Kristallnacht up on the American Catholic History Classroom website. The materials include responses to the CUA anti-Nazi broadcast from our collection, and a transcript of a broadcast delivered by Father Charles E. Coughlin on November 20, 1938. Coughlin’s speech is, in part, a response to the CUA anti-Nazi broadcast, and a very different perspective on the Nazi pogrom against the Jews–where the CUA broadcast condemns Kristallnacht, the Coughlin broadcast justifies it. The Coughlin broadcast, which is anti-Semitic, causes him to become increasingly marginalized among Church leadership, while the CUA broadcast marks a move among US Catholic institutional leaders toward ecumenism.
Secondly, we have just completed a website on Father John A. Ryan, Father Coughlin, and the Presidential election of 1936. Again, we have here two different Catholic perspectives… Father Ryan delivers a radio broadcast supporting incumbent Franklin Delano Roosevelt, while Coughlin rails against the re-election of the president. This site will contain about 40 documents and supplementary educational materials and will be up early next year. The new sites mark a continuation of our attempt to make our materials available to educators and researchers alike.