In 1933 the Fuhrer signed a concordat with the pope guaranteeing the freedom to practice the Catholic religion. At the same time a movement called the "German Christians" arose among Protestants aimed at closer ties with the Nazis. The German Christians wanted to unite the twenty-eight regional Protestant bodies under a single bishop. They elected to this post Ludwig Muller, a fervent Nazi. They also introduced the Fuhrer principle into the church government and adopted the "Aryan paragraph" which called for the dismissal of all people of Jewish origin from church positions. In 1933 the German Christians claimed three thousand out of a total of seventeen thousand Protestant pastors.
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