Rev. Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C.

Biography

Kevin P. Spicer, C.S.C., is the James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History at Stonehill College.  Father Kevin’s research centers on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the German state under National Socialism.  Currently, he is working on a study on the relationship of Jews and Catholics in Germany from 1918 to 1945.

Together with Martina Cucchiara (Bluffton University), he edited and translated, The Evil that Surrounds Us: The WWII Memoir of Erna Becker-Kohen (Indiana University Press, September 2017).  Father Kevin is also the author of Hitler’s Priests:  Catholic Clergy and National Socialism (North Illinois University Press, 2008; paperback 2017) and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin (North Illinois University Press, 2004) and editor of Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2007).  Recently, he had published, “The Hereafter verses the Here-and-Now:  Catholicism under National Socialism” in Nazi Law:  From Nuremberg to Nuremberg, edited by John J. Michalczyk (Bloomsbury, 2018) and with Larry Eugene Jones, “In Search of Allies: Catholic Conservatives, the Alliance of Catholic Germans, and the Nazi Regime, 1933-34,” in From Weimar to Hitler:  Studies in the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic and the Establishment of the Third Reich, 1932-1934, edited by Hermann Beck and Larry Eugene Jones (Berghahn, 2018).  Father Kevin is Chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) and co-editor of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.  Previously, he has served on the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Academic Advisory Council and on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust

Degrees

  • Ph.D. European History (2000) Boston College
  • M.A. European History (1996) Boston College
  • M.Div. Pastoral Ministry & Theology (1991) University of St. Michael’s College
  • B.A. History (1987) Stonehill College

Courses

  • Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany (HIS 347)
  • Antisemitism, Nazism and the Holocaust (HIS 101/FYS 116)
  • The Christian Churches in Nazi Germany (HIS 326)
  • European History Seminar (HIS 360)
  • History and Film (HIS 225)
  • The Holocaust (HIS 207)
  • Modern Germany (HIS 247)