"Hitler's Sinister, All-Monstrous Rulership: Unholiest of Missions Catalyzed in Christ's Name"
"I am Catholic and will remain so until the day I die" – HITLER, 1941
By Charlotte Schnook and Jordan Adorno
Preface. Background History:
History is currently being distorted by the millions of Christians who lie to have us believe that the Holocaust was not a Christian deed. Through subterfuge and concealment, many of today’s Church leaders and faithful Christians have camouflaged the Christianity of Adolf Hitler and have attempted to mark him an atheist, a pagan cult worshiper, or a false Christian in order to place his misdeeds on those without Jesus. However, from the earliest formation of the Nazi party and throughout the period of conquest and growth, Hitler expressed his Christian support to the German citizenry and soldiers. Those who would make Hitler an atheist should turn their eyes to history books before they address their pews and chat rooms.
Considering that Christianity has thus far been incapable of producing an unbiased, educated follower which speaks the truth (I haven’t encountered any), I have been forced to dispel the myth by writing this essay. It is not until I bring up his speeches, my personal info on the Nazi regime and their tactics that a Christian will begin to question what their clergy told them. (I am the offspring of a German soldier. My Opa served under Hitler in WW2 and my father was raised during the time of the Nazi regime. This is important information to take into consideration for I am privy to some info that most Americans do not know. It is common for American media and education institutions to lie to their citizens concerning Nazi Germany.)
So, in presenting this information I must break it into four parts: 1) Facts about Hitler and his involvement with the Church. 2) How the Church was the catalyst for Antisemitism. 3) Facts concerning how the Nazi regime drilled these beliefs into Germanic society. 4) Quotes Hitler made proving his disdain for Atheism/occultism, his upheld Christian faith, and his hatred toward Jews due to his Christianity.
1. Hitler's Early Church Affairs:
a) Hitler was baptized as Roman Catholic during infancy in Austria.
b) As Hitler approached boyhood he attended a monastery school.
b-2. On his way to school young Adolf daily observed a stone arch which was carved with the monastery’s coat of arms bearing a swastika.
c) Hitler was a communicant and an altar boy in the Catholic Church.
d) As a young man he was confirmed as a “soldier of Christ.” His most ardent goal at the time was to become a priest. Hitler writes of his love for the church and clergy: “I had excellent opportunity to intoxicate myself with the solemn splendor of the brilliant church festivals. As was only natural, the abbot seemed to me, as the village priest had once seemed to my father, the highest and most desirable ideal.” - Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
e) Hitler was NEVER excommunicated nor formally condemned by his church. Matter of fact the Church felt he was JUST and “avenging for God” in attacking the Jews for they deemed the Semites the killers of Jesus.
f) Hitler, Franco and Mussolini were given VETO power over whom the pope could appoint as a bishop in Germany, Spain and Italy. In turn they surtaxed the Catholics and gave the money to the Vatican. Hitler wrote a speech in which he talks about this alliance, as excerpted, “The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgment of the National Socialist state by the Catholic Church. This treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism [Nazism] is hostile to religion is a lie.” – Adolf Hitler writing to the Nazi Party, 22 July 1933
g) Hitler worked CLOSELY with Pope Pius in converting Germanic society and supporting the church. The Church absorbed Nazi ideals and preached them as part of their sermons; in turn Hitler placed Catholic teachings in public education.
h) Due to Hitler’s involvement with the Church he began enacting doctrines of the Church as law. He outlawed all abortion, raged a death war on all homosexuals, and demanded corporal punishment in schools and home. Many times Hitler addressed the church and promised that Germany would implement its teachings: “The National Socialist State professes its allegiance to positive Christianity. It will be its honest endeavor to protect both the great Christian Confessions in their rights, to secure them from interference with their doctrines (Lehren), and in their duties to constitute a harmony with the views and the exigencies of the State of today.” – Adolf Hitler to Catholic bishops, assuring them that he would take action against the new pagan propaganda, 26 June 1934
i) "Providence has caused me to be Catholic, and I know therefore how to handle this Church.”- Adolf Hitler, speaking on the reaction of the Catholic Church to National Socialism in Berlin, 1936
j) Further Reading. If you would like to know more about the secret dealings of Hitler and the Pope via Vatican "privilege", I recommend you a very resourceful book entitled Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII, by John Cornwell
2. How Christianity Catalyzed the Holocaust:
(Caption: Hitler with Archbishop Cesare Orsenigo, the papal nuncio in Berlin. It was taken on April 20, 1939, when Orsenigo celebrated Hitler’s birthday. The celebrations were initiated by Pope Pius XII, and became a tradition.)
1. Hitler’s antisemitism grew out of his Christian education. Austria and Germany overwhelmingly were Christian nations at this turning point, particularly holding that Jews were inferior to all Aryan Christians. The Christians blamed the Jews for the killing of Jesus. Jewish hatred did not actually spring from Hitler, it came from the preaching of Catholic priests and Protestant ministers throughout Germany for hundreds of years. The founding Protestant leader, Martin Luther himself, held a livid hatred for Jews and their Jewish religion. In his book On the Jews and their Lies, Luther set the standard for Jewish hatred in Protestant Germany up until World War 2. Hitler expressed a great admiration for Martin Luther by constantly quoting his works and beliefs.
2. Now, you must remember before Hitler rose to Chancellor of Germany the country was in a deep economic depression due to the Versailles treaty. The Versailles treaty demanded that Germans made financial reparations for the previous war and Germany simply was not at all self-sufficient enough in order to pay the debt. Hitler was the leader that raised Germany out of the depression and brought them back to a world recognized power. Due to his annulment of the financial woes of the Germanic people, Hitler became their redeemer and anointed leader of the German Reich Christian Church in 1933. This placed him in power of the German-Christian Socialist movement, powering Hitler authority over their individually legislated, political and religious agendas. It united all denominations, mainly Protestant, Catholic and Lutheran people to instill faith in a national Christianity.
3. "If anyone can lay claim to God's help, then it is Hitler, for without God's benevolent fatherly hand, without his blessing, the nation would not be where it stands today. It is an unbelievable miracle that God has bestowed on our people." - Minister Rust’s speech to mass meeting of German Christians, June 1933
4. The closeness between Hitler and the Church was demonstrated on some annual occasions. “[...]Warmest congratulations to the Fuhrer in the name of the bishops and each diocese in Germany with fervent prayers which the Catholics of Germany are sending to heaven on their altars.” - Cardinal Bertram of Berlin, as addressed each April 20 to honor Hitler's Birthday
3. Nazis' Widespread FORCED Christian Conversions:
a) In the 1920s, Hitler’s German Workers’ Party (pre-Nazi term) adopted a “Programme” with twenty-five points (the Nazi “constitution”). In point twenty-four, their intent clearly demonstrates, from the very beginning, their stand in favor of a “positive” Christianity: “We demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the morality and moral sense of the German race. The Party, as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not bind itself in the matter of creed to any particular confession...” - Hitler’s German Workers’ Party "Programme”; Positive Christianity endorsement
b) The Nazi regime started a youth movement which preached its agenda to impressionable children. Hitler backed up the notion that all people need faith and religious education: “By helping to raise man above the level of bestial vegetation, faith contributes in reality to the securing and safeguarding of his existence. Take away from present-day mankind its education-based, religious- dogmatic principles-- or, practically speaking, ethical-moral principles--by abolishing this religious education, but without replacing it by an equivalent,te result will be a grave shock to the foundations of their existence.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
c) The Nazi regime began to control schools insisting that Christianity was taught.
d) The Nazi regime included anti-Semitic Christian writings in textbooks and they were not removed from Christian doctrines until 1961.
e) The Nazi regime having full blown power over the people began to forcibly convert all its military.
f) The Nazi regime forced the German soldiers to wear religious symbols such as the swastika and they placed religious sayings on military gear. Exampled in this photograph of the German army belt buckle (I believe my Opa had one), it reads “Gott Mit Uns”; for those of you who do not speak German it is translated as 'God With Us'.
g) The German troops were often forced to get sprinkled with holy water and listen to a sermon by a Catholic priest before going on a maneuver.
h) The Nazis created a secret service called the “SS Reich” that would act as spies on the dealings of other citizens. If anyone was suspected of heresy-acting not only against the Socialist party but the CHURCH DOCTRINE entirely, too - they would be prosecuted.
4. Hitler's Many Self-Attestations to Christianity:
Adolf Hitler’s speeches and proclamations clearly reveal his faith and warm feelings toward an ideal, Christianized Germany even more. Nazism presents an embarrassment to Christianity and demonstrates the danger of their faith, so many theists misleadingly pin him onto other theistic views. The following words from Hitler show his disdain for atheism and pagan cults, revealing the strength of his Christian feelings:
1. “National Socialism is not a cult-movement-- a movement for worship; it is exclusively a ‘volkic’ political doctrine based upon racial principles. In its purpose there is no mystic cult, only the care and leadership of a people defined by a common blood-relationship... We will not allow mystically- minded occult folk with a passion for exploring the secrets of the world beyond to steal into our Movement. Such folk are not National Socialists, but something else-- in any case something which has nothing to do with us. At the head of our programme there stand no secret surmisings but clear-cut perception and straightforward profession of belief..." (Quote continues below)
1-a. " [-] But since we set as the central point of this perception and of this profession of belief the maintenance and hence the security for the future of a being formed by God, we thus serve the maintenance of a divine work and fulfill a divine will-- not in the secret twilight of a new house of worship, but openly before the face of the Lord… Our worship is exclusively the cultivation of the natural, and for that reason, because natural, therefore God-willed. Our humility is the unconditional submission before the divine laws of existence so far as they are known to us men.” - Adolf Hitler in Nuremberg, September 6th, 1938
1-b. Christians have always accused Hitler of believing in pagan cult mythology. What is written here clearly expresses his stand against cults. Consecutively, the followed notices Hitler using the Christian Bible in order to attack the Jews and uphold his Antisemitism.)
2. "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people." – Adolf Hitler, Giving a Speech on 12 April 1922
3. "Christianity could not content itself with building up its own altar; it was absolutely forced to undertake the destruction of the heathen altars. Only from this fanatical intolerance could its apodictic faith take form; this intolerance is, in fact, its absolute presupposition." – Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf
3-a. (Here it is quite obvious here that Hitler is referring to destructing the Judaism alters on which Christianity was founded.)
4. "The personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew." – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
4-a. The idea of the devil and the Jew came out of medieval anti-Jewish beliefs based on interpretations from the Bible. Martin Luther, and teachers after him, continued this “tradition” up until the 20th century.
5. "With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus stealing her from her people." – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
5-a. It’s common in war for one race to rape another so that they can defile the race and assimilate their own. Hitler speaks about this very tactic here.
6. “The best characterization is provided by the product of this religious education, the Jew himself. His life is only of this world, and his spirit is inwardly as alien to true Christianity as his nature two thousand years previous was to the great founder of the new doctrine. Of course, the latter made no secret of his attitude toward the Jewish people, and when necessary he even took the whip to drive from the temple of the Lord this adversary of all humanity, who then as always saw in religion nothing but an instrument for his business existence. In return, Christ was nailed to the cross, while our present- day party Christians debase themselves to begging for Jewish votes at elections and later try to arrange political swindles with atheistic Jewish parties-- and this against their own nation.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
7. "…[T]he fall of man in paradise has always been followed by his expulsion.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
7-a. See Genesis Chapter 3, in which humankind is cast from Eden for their sins. Hitler compares this to the need to exterminate the Jews for their sin against Christ.
8. “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
9. “The Antisemitism of the new [Christian Social] movement was based on religious ideas instead of racial knowledge.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
9-a. This quote is very interesting for it disperses the idea that Hitler raged war due to being an Aryan supremacist. He states quite clearly that he has a problem with Jews for their belief not race. That is why many German Jews died in WW2 regardless of their Aryan nationality.
10. “Only in the steady and constant application of force lies the very first prerequisite for success. This persistence, however, can always and only arise from a definite spiritual conviction. Any violence which does not spring from a firm, spiritual base, will be wavering and uncertain.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
10-a. Here Hitler is admitting that his war against the Jews were so successful because of his strong Christian Spirituality.
11. “Along with the fight for a purer morality we have taken upon ourselves the struggle against the decomposition of our religion. We have therefore taken up the struggle against the Godless movement, and not just with a few theoretical declarations; we have stamped it out. And above all we have dragged the priests out of the lowlands of the political party struggle and have brought them back into the church." - Adolf Hitler, In celebration of Germany’s exit from the League of Nations, maintains that the Third Reich actively implements the Christian agenda, 1919-1945
12. For further reading:
12-a. Norman H. Baynes, ed. The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1; 19-20. Oxford University; 1942
12-b. Richard Steigmann-Gall. The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity
5. Hitler's HATRED for Atheism:
The following quotes DIRECTLY illuminate how Adolf Hitler strongly resented Atheists, finding nonbelievers in their core principle nothing but utterly repulsive. Sufficient as ever in only his proud words, I avenge my community by re-publicizing Adolf Hitler's reprehensible sentiments toward those not God-believing:
1. "For their interests [the Church's] cannot fail to coincide with ours [the National Socialists] alike in our fight against the symptoms of degeneracy in the world of to-day, in our fight against a Bolshevist culture, against atheistic movement, against criminality, and in our struggle for a consciousness of a community in our national life" - The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939
2. “We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” - Adolf Hitler, during a speech in Berlin, 24 October 1933
2-a. This statement clearly refutes modern Christians who claim Hitler was an Atheist. Hitler wanted to form a society in which ALL people worshiped Jesus and considered any questioning of such to be heresy. The Holocaust was like a modern inquisition, killing all who did not accept Jesus. Though more Jews were killed than any others, it should be noted that MANY ARYAN pagans and atheists were murdered for their non-belief in Christ.
3. "I often feel that we will have to undergo all the trials the devil and hell can devise before we achieve Final Victory....I may be no pious churchgoer, but deep within me I am nevertheless a devout man. That is to say, I believe that he who fights valiantly obeying the laws which a god has established and who never capitulates but instead gathers his forces time after time and always pushes forward—such a man will not be abandoned by the Lawgiver. Rather he will ultimately receive the blessing of Providence. And that blessing has been imparted to all great spirits in history." - Adolf Hitler, as quoted from Albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs (1982)
4. "We do not judge merely by artistic or military standards or even by purely scientific ones. We judge by the spiritual energy which a people is capable of putting forth, which will enable it in ten years to recapture what is has lost in a thousand years of warfare. I intend to set up a thousand-year Reich and anyone who supports me in this battle is a fellow-fighter for a unique spiritual-- I would say divine-- creation.... Rudolf Hess, my assistant of many years standing, would tell you: If we have such a leader, God is with us." - Adolf Hitler, from Secret Conversations with Hitler (page 68)
5. “And now Staatspräsident Bolz says that Christianity and the Catholic faith are threatened by us. And to that charge I can answer: In the first place it is Christians and not international atheists who now stand at the head of Germany. I do not merely talk of Christianity, no, I also profess that I will never ally myself with the parties which destroy Christianity. If many wish today to take threatened Christianity under their protection, where, I would ask, was Christianity for them in these fourteen years when they went arm in arm with atheism? No, never and at no time was greater internal damage done to Christianity than in these fourteen years when a party, theoretically Christian, sat with those who denied God in one[,] same Government.” - Adolf Hitler, Delivering Historic Speech in Stuttgart, 15 February 1933
6. Third Reich's Conspiracy to Christianize Already Widely Overruled Masses:
Nazi World War II records (and such premonitory filings that preceded alike) have preserved documents which, in possessing greater, grander details, do well to illuminate the Holocaust's Christian involvements; and so noted in part here:
1. "Around 1937, when Hitler heard that at the instigation of the party and the SS vast numbers of his followers had left the church because it was obstinately opposing his plans, he nevertheless ordered his chief associates, above all Goering and Gobbels, to remain members of the church. He too would remain a member of the Catholic Church, he said. And in fact he remained in the church until his suicide..." - from Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer (pages 95-96)
2. A consecutive historic occurrence is better explained by a scholar from a renowned Christian organization, in fact, called Kinsman Redeemer Ministries: “Adolf Hitler and true National Socialism were confident that as the harmful influence of atheistic or religious Jews and Judeo thinking was removed from society, that all true Christians would return to the pure faith in Jesus Christ. A return to what the first Christians said and stood for was not only the Protestant cry of Martin Luther, but also the official position of true National Socialism. The German people were earnest God-fearing Christians, seeking only to implement in the political realm, the theology of Christ Himself...” – from Positive Christianity by Pastor Mark Downey, 2009
2-a. For further reading: Positive Christianity
3. "After April 7, 1933, civil servants in Germany were required to prove that they were not Jews. Because births had been registered by the state only since 1874, the church was called upon to provide many records. The Catholic Church cooperated right up to the end of the war. Likewise, after the 1935 Noremberg laws that forbade marriage between Aryans and non-Aryans, most Catholic priests did not perform such ceremonies, even though the number of Jewish conversions to Catholicism was accelerating because of the persecution." - from Pope Benedict XVI: A Biography of Joseph Ratzinger, by John L. Allen Jr.
7. Hoaxed Statements Alleged to Hitler in the Infamously folly Table Talk:
Many opposed to the fact that Hitler was a Christian immediately cite Hitler's “secret conversations” within Table Talk, a publication where anti-Christian statements allegedly made by Hitler are compiled by a suspicious biographer. However, these alleged statements simply have no empirical standpoint whatsoever in any historic debate because Table Talk never unearthed proof of its credibility. In spite of myth, these supposed anti-Christian “secrets” were not recorded or captured by audio, film or radio broadcasts, and furthermore the specific translator had a burning anti-Catholic passion. Altogether, these Table Talk conversations are left highly questionable. But what's ultimately problematic about this alleged dissatisfaction with Christianity is its lack of accurate context to History's Adolf Hitler, the one who proved his Christian allegiances useful. Nevertheless, here consecutive is my point-by-point rebuttal:
1. As Jim Walker explains, “Those who deny Hitler as a Christian will invariably find the recorded table talk conversations of Hitler from 1941 to 1944 as incontrovertible evidence that he could not have been a Christian. The source usually comes from the English translation (from a French translation) edition by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens, with an introduction by H.R. Trevor-Roper. The problem with these anti-Christian quotes is that the German text of the table-talk does not include them.”
1-a. In fact, in the original German text and throughout each translation afterward, these quotes corroborate Hitler’s well-publicized infatuation with his savior, Jesus Christ.
2. “Originally, Christianity was merely an incarnation of Bolshevism the destroyer. Nevertheless, the Galilean, who later was called Christ, intended something quite different. He must be regarded as a popular leader who too up His position against Jewry. Galilee was a colony where the Romans had probably installed Gallic legionaries, and it's certain that Jesus was not a Jew. The Jews, by the way, regarded Him as the son of a whore-- of a whore and a Roman soldier ... The decisive falsification of Jesus' doctrine was the work of St. Paul. He gave himself to this work with subtlety and for purposes of personal exploitation. For the Galiean's object was to liberate His country from Jewish oppression. He set Himself against Jewish capitalism, and that's why the Jews liquidated Him.” – Adolf Hitler, Table-Talk (page 76)
3. “Christ was an Aryan, and St. Paul used his doctrine to mobilize the criminal underworld and thus organize a proto-Bolshevism.” – Adolf Hitler, Table-Talk (page 143)
Given that what is sound are Hitler's own public proclamations and autobiographical testaments, it holds to reason that these listed quotes are far likelier to be valid given at least their consistency. After all, at least these Pro-Jesus statements were featured in every publication, whereas his uncharacteristic, anti-Christian whining mysteriously found its way into newer translations. But if you are still curious, you can read more about Table Talk hoax controversies here.