Adolf Hitler a Christian?
Let’s jump right into the frey shall we?
Evilbible states emphatically, “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 worshipper, or a false Christian in order to place his misdeeds on those with out Jesus.”
Well, that certainly is a most direct accusation, but does it have any merit?
Hitler’s Early Life
Hitler was baptized into the Catholic Church as a baby. While this is true, I am certain it is equally true that many avowed atheists were also baptized as infants and if that is all it takes to identify someone as a Christian then these atheists have a lot of explaining to do.
As a child, he participated in normal church activities such as being an altar boy. Nothing unusual here either for a male child of that time and place. Not all that dissimilar of Josef Stalin.
Hitler said “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.” One may see even here, that it is not so much a spiritual faith Hitler had in his mind, rather a pomp and circumstance charade whose pinnacle of worship is the high priest rather than God.
In looking at Hitler one sees that this is the beginning of his own messianic imaginings of salvation, veneration, and worship with himself as the high priest.
Hitler certainly talked a lot about Christianity in his book Mein Kampf, but did he really? Even if one were to say he was a Christian, it is a different Christianity than what most people know. At one juncture pointing out that Jesus was a German no less.
From a 1922 speech we see the distortion that is pervasive of his Christianity: “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.”
It is here that we see clearly what Hitler thought of Christianity. While he postured himself as a Christian it is clear that he despised it.
Nazism and Christianity
“National Socialism [Nazism] and Christianity are irreconcilable. When in the future our youth no longer hear anything about this Christianity, whose doctrine is far below our own, Christianity will automatically disappear. When we National Socialists speak of a belief in God…we mean the force which moves all these bodies in the universe, in accordance with natural law, is what we call the Almighty or God. The assertion that this world-force can worry about the fate of every individual, every bacillus on earth, and that it can be influenced by so-called prayer or other astonishing things, is based either on a suitable dose of naivete or on outright commercial effrontery.”
~Martin Bormann, Reich Leader, 1942, ‘National Socialist and Christian Concepts are Incompatible’, From Kirchliches Jahrbuch fur die evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, 1933-1944, pp. 470-472, quoted pp. 245-247, George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture: A Documentary History”
“One is either a Christian or a German. You can’t be both.”~Hermann Rauschning
“But today a new faith is awakening: the myth of the blood…Then in place of the Old Testament stories of cattle breeders and the exploitation of prostitutes, we shall have the Nordic sagas and fairy tales, at first simply recounted, later assuming the form of symbols.” ~Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the Twentieth Century, 1932, quoted p. 6, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer
Hitler himself said “It is through the peasantry that we shall really be able to destroy Christianity, because there is in them a true religion rooted in nature and blood.”
Hitler declared Nazism the state religion, removed the Bible from schools, and replaced it with Mein Kampf
The National Reich Church – Rosenberg, Bormann, and Himmler
“The National Reich Church of Germany categorically claims the exclusive right and the exclusive power to control all churches within the borders of the Reich: it declares these to be national churches of the German Reich.”
“The National Church is determined to exterminate irrevocably…the strange and foreign Christian faiths imported into Germany in the ill-omened year 800…”
“The National Church has no scribes, pastors, chaplains or priests, but National Reich orators are to speak in them.”
“The National Church demands immediate cessation of the publishing and dissemination of the Bible in Germany…”
“On the altars there must be nothing but ‘Mein Kampf’ (to the German nation and therefore to God the most sacred book) and to the left of the altar a sword.”
“On the day of its foundation, the Christian Cross must be removed from all churches, cathedrals and chapels…and it must be superseded by the only unconquerable symbol, the swastika.”
~The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer
The SS, Hitler’s Schutzstaffel, or “Protective Echelon”, ironically wore belt buckles which stated”Gott Mit Uns” or God is with Us. The SS were forbidden from believing in God. It was a 400 year old battle cry of the Byzantine Empire, a password in several wars including the Thirty Years War, the words on the Prussian coat of Arms of Frederick I……and the belt buckles were left over from the Imperial army from WWI.
Outside of Germany Hitler began rounding up clergy, imprisoning and executing them.
Hitler, Darwin, and Paganism
“My pedagogy is strict,” he once explained. “I want a powerful, masterly, cruel and fearless youth… There must be nothing weak or tender about them. The freedom and dignity of the wild beast must shine from their eyes… That is how I will root out a thousand years of human domestication.”
Hitler and his associates were firm Darwinists and believed that human evolution could be manipulated to produce the “super-man” rather than wait for time and natural selection. In exterminating whole nations and peoples they were just “…helping them along their evolutionary path.”
It was state policy to murder the mentally ill, retarded, and disabled. To purify the race by purging the hospitals and sanitoriums.
It is interesting to note Hitler’s choice of the swastika as the symbol for the Nazi Germany as this is a pagan symbol indicating “good luck” or “glorious”. There is no question as to whether or not it is a pagan symbol as it has been found in every pagan society yet unearthed.
Hitler wanted his race to be and become the next evolutionary step in mankind’s journey. There is no doubt about this. The super-race and their position within nature, at it’s peak, reigning supreme. Such devotion to the natural is definitively pagan.
The Nazi Master Plan
If there is any doubt left as to Hitler’s Christianity or his intentions, they are dispelled by papers at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden. These are papers from the Reich and evidenced at Nuremberg that no one had really looked at until recently.
The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches
Hitler wanted to exterminate Christianity. The plan details the steps that were to be taken.
The removal of the Bible from all churches
The installation of Mein Kampf as the book of worship in all churches
The removal of the clergy and related workers from all churches
The execution of the clergy
The destruction of churches where people held to actual faith
Pledges of allegiance to both Hitler and the Reich
Hitler stated “Pure Christianity — the Christianity of the catacombs — is concerned with translating the Christian doctrine into fact. It leads simply to the annihilation of mankind. It is merely wholehearted Bolshevism, under a tinsel of metaphysics. Do you really believe the masses will ever be Christian again? Nonsense. Never again. The tale is finished… but we can hasten matters. The parsons will be made to dig their own graves.”
Rearrange a couple of words and one would think it was Hitler’s hero Stalin who was speaking.
“In both ‘The Third Reich’ and ‘Sacred Causes’, Burleigh emphasizes the widely unknown or deliberately ignored fact that the strongest opposition to Nazi ideology and criminality came from conservative “men of God.”
This is no accident. While left-wing critics of Nazism wrongly saw in it only a virulent version of either “late capitalism” or German nationalism, its conservative Christian opponents were far more sensitive to the movement’s profoundly anti-traditional character. The more discerning among them saw in Nazism nothing less than a “revolution of nihilism.” And not a few of them courageously rose to the challenge of resisting the new barbarism.
In addition to Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen, the “lion of Munster,” who in a series of famous sermons in 1941 denounced the murderous Nazi euthanasia campaign, some of the Austrian and German bishops did not shrink from attacking the “racist madness” of Nazism.
In his great encyclical Mit brennender Sorge (1938), written pointedly in German and clandestinely smuggled into Germany, Pope Pius XI attacked modern racialism, the cynical Nazi appropriation of Christian symbolism, nationalist idolatry, and a false cult of human greatness. Likewise, in the first encyclical of his pontificate, Summi pontificis, released in the fall of 1939, Pius XII affirmed the “fundamental unity” of the human race and expressed his profound sympathy for the plight of Poland. The whole world had no doubt at the time whom the same pontiff had in mind in his 1942 Christmas message when he spoke of “the hundreds of thousands of innocent people put to death or doomed to slow extinction, sometimes merely because of their race or descent.” This prudent, perhaps too prudent, diplomat-pope, despising National Socialism but solicitous of putting an end to a suicidal total war, helped inspire the heroic witness of groups like Temoignage chretien in France (whose anti-Nazi pamphleteers included such eminent philosophers and theologians as Gaston Fessard and Henri de Lubac) as well as the Italian Catholics who saved tens of thousands of Jews in the fall of 1944 when the Nazis unleashed full scale war against the Jews in occupied Italy.
The rewriting of history to suggest that the Christian West was somehow culpable in the murderous agenda of the National Socialists is one of the greatest intellectual distortions of our time.”
Summary of the conclusions of Michael Burleigh, Nazi historian
~ John Ray M.A. Ph.D
By then end of the war there was a reported 200,000 to 800,000 Christians in concentration camps.
Hitler and the Church
Much ado is made of the actions of the church during Hitler’s reign. Why didn’t the church condemn Hitler?
Well first off, they did. Pius XII did publicly condemn racist oppression — in his wartime Christmas messages and at other times. The church is also credited with saving at least 750,000 Jews from death. According to Pinchas E. Lapide the number is more likely 860,000. This is not insignificant. Yet no one mentions it.
The church also condemned the Nazi policy of murdering mentally and physically disabled Germans with their eugenics policies.
Several Jewish groups petitioned the pope to remain neutral in the hopes that this would give him more diplomatic persuasion.
Pope Pius XII prepared a statement condemning Nazi persecution of Jews in 1942 but he didn’t make it public because of events in the Netherlands. Dutch bishops had protested against the exportation of Dutch Jews, bringing swift retaliation from the Nazis.
In appreciation of what Pius did for the Jews; the World Jewish Congress made a large cash gift to the Vatican in 1945. In the same year, Rabbi Herzog of Jerusalem sent a ‘special blessing’ to the Pope ‘for his lifesaving efforts on behalf of the Jews during the Nazi occupation of Italy’; and when Pius died in 1958, Israel’s Foreign Minister Golda Meir gave a him moving eulogy at the United Nations for the same reason. ~Pius XII and the Jewish Holocaust, George Sim Johnston.
Albert Einstein in the December 23 1940 issue of Time magazine said, “Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that them had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks… Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”
Finally, one must also realize that this is not the Church of Cardinal Richelieu possessing an army to deploy. Those days are gone.
The conclusion is inescapable, Hitler was a politician who, like many today, pretend to Christianity while hating all it stands for. He said what needed to be said so that he could have the time to work his will upon the people.
If Hitler could be said to have worshiped anything, it would be nature, or the natural order. Making him a pagan.
And if he believed in a messiah sent by this god of the natural order, it was when he looked in the mirror that he saw that messiah.
He believed that the true Aryan race was at hand and that he was the one ordained by the cosmos to bring it about by helping other races along their evolutionary path to extinction. He did not quibble over morals, for nothing is more moral than nature and what man decides, and then he acted on it doing and saying whatever was necessary to bring it about.
Hitler was the epitome of the amoral pagan atheist.
The pinnacle of the natural man without God.