John S. Conway

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John S. Conway is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia is a public research university. UBC’s two main campuses are situated in Vancouver and in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley...

. He has specialized in the role of the German churches and the Vatican
Holy See
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 during the Third Reich, and on Christian
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Judaism ) is the "religion, philosophy, and way of life" of the Jewish people...

 relations during the 20th century. He is the founding member of the Scholars' Conference on the German Church and the Holocaust
The Holocaust
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, and is the author of The Nazi Persecution of the Churches 1933-45.

He was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.


Conway was born in London
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, England
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, and completed his B.A. and Ph.D
in history at St John's College, Cambridge
St John's College, Cambridge
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. He moved to Canada
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 in 1955 and taught international relations at the University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba
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 until 1957, when he joined the history department at the University of British Columbia, teaching modern European history and international relations there until 1995.

He was appointed the Smallman Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario
University of Western Ontario
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in 1998.

He is now a member of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster's Refugee Liaison Committee. On the UBC campus, he has been long associated with the Student Christian Movement, and the World University Service, for which he acted for many years as the Faculty Advisor. He is currently a member of St James' Anglican Parish, Vancouver. Dr. Conway is the editor of the Newsletter of the Association of Contemporary Church Historians.


  • Conway, J. S. The Nazi persecution of the Churches 1933-45. London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968. xxxi, 474 p. : 8 plates, illus., ports. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0297763156
    • Also published: New York : Basic Books, [1968]
    • Also published: Toronto : Ryerson Press, [1968].
    • Also published: Vancouver : Regent College Pub., 2001, c1968. ISBN 1553610318
    • Published in French translation (La persécution nazie des Églises, 1933-1945) by Éditions France-Empire, [c1969]
    • Published in German translation (Die nationalsozialistische Kirchenpolitik 1933-1945 : ihre Ziele, Widersprüche und Fehlschläge. München : Chr. Kaiser, [c1969] 383 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Conway, J. S. (John Segmour). Visit to the Tibetan settlements in northern India, 1977. [New Westminster, B.C.] : Institute of Environmental Studies, Douglas College, 1977. 16 leaves ; 28 cm. International project booklet 0703-8976 no. 7
  • Conway, J. S. Bourgeois German pacifism during the First World War [Canada : s.n., 1978?] [20] leaves ; 29 cm. Papers of the Canadian Historical Association

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