The Nazis were neoDarwinist secularists, fond of Islam, who persecuted Christians and established German separation of church and state
HITLER AND THE NAZIS WERE AN ANTI-CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death...The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science... The instructions of a hygienic nature that most religions gave, contributed to the foundation of organized communities. The precepts ordering people to wash, to avoid certain drinks, to fast at appointed dates, to take exercise, to rise with the sun, to climb to the top of the minaret — all these were obligations invented by intelligent people.
The exhortation to fight courageously is also self-explanatory. Observe, by the way, that, as a corollary, the Moslem was promised a paradise peopled with sensual girls, where wine flowed in streams — a real earthly paradise. The Christians, on the other hand, declare themselves satisfied if after their death they are allowed to sing hallelujahs! ...Christianity, of course, has reached the peak of absurdity in this respect. And that's why one day its structure will collapse. Science has already impregnated humanity. Consequently, the more Christianity clings to its dogmas, the quicker it will decline.
-Adolf Hitler from Table Talk
In popular culture, the Nazis are sometimes mislabeled as German Christians. Germany, the story goes, plotted the Holocaust after being desensitized to mass murder by centuries of cultural racial hatred and pogroms, fanned by Martin Luther's antiJewish rants.
Yet, Luther's rants from the pulpit only began towards the end of his life, when his congregation sensed he was suffering from dementia. The surviving core of Lutheran doctrine was not hate based against Jews.
Christianity was introduced to Germany in the 4th Century AD. Christian conversion calmed the warrior Germanic barbarians. Warrior ruthlessness gave way to Christian mercy and the "noble northern spirit," brave but Christian tempered men.
The Germans did not commit mass genocide against anyone for 16 centuries, until the Nazi's arrived. So, Christianity isn't the answer to the question of 'why did Nazi Germany became a killing machine?' The question is 'how did Nazi leadership bring Germans to war and genocide?'
Nazi meant National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus).
The Nazis were not Marxist socialists, but not entirely Western capitalists either. They usurped the term 'socialist' from Marxism to provide a German cultural and economic alternative to Russian Communist socialism.
The Germans realistic fear was that the Russian's Socialist Empire would overtake them and wipe them out like the Ukrainians. Nazis opposed atheism, since state mandated atheism was the first prong in any Marxist revolution.
The Nazis sought to throw off any foreign influence or competitive ideologies, including the Vatican and Christianity.
Many Nazis, like many of the German people of that day, were diverse in their belief systems. Most Nazis, especially the Nazi hierarchy, were rationalists, skeptics of religion, agnostic, atheist, neopagans, occultists, deists or spiritualists.
It is not surprising that former German American scientist Albert Einstein would reject his Jewish faith and toggle for most of his life between the theologies of deism and neo-pantheism. The Nazis loved Charles Darwin's work on evolution, science and technology. Cutting edge science, medicine and technology were an integral foundation of Nazi Germany.
Germany was only nominally Christian before WW2, especially in the more cosmopolitan cities like Berlin. Before WW2, Berlin was the home of the only openly gay community on earth. The American gay movement was established by a German expatriate after the war.
The Nazis would appropriate historical religious symbols from Christianity, dead pagan faiths and the occult. The Nazis wanted to provide a visual legacy to their ideology for propaganda purposes.
Like the communists, the Nazis used brutal state fascism to socialize its' citizens to their ideology.
Nazis were cockroaches with a billy club, infesting every facet of German culture and society, including the Catholic and Lutheran churches. When church clergy or members were uncooperative, they were arrested and put in re-socialization, refugee and concentration camps for 'reeducation.'
Nazis simply reinterpreted history and established religion to fit their world view. Nuremberg trial documents show the Third Reich planned to end Christianity. They began that process before the end of the war, closing churches and arresting clergy. Like Western nations today, the Nazis were quick to impose separation of church and state.
The argument that the Nazis were a Christian organization is specious and not forwarded by mainstream historians, but usually made by Christophobes.
Ironically, some arguments made to suggest the Nazis were Christians are using old Nazi propaganda, which was designed to seduce a nominally Christian country to its' ideology.
The National Socialists usurped concepts and symbols to confuse the public. The Nazis adopted a non-denominational 'positive Christianity' under their party platform. The Nazis depicted Jesus as an Aryan warrior, not the Son of God. They complained the traditional churches, Catholic and Lutheran, had distorted Christology.
After one concludes the Nazis were not genuine in their public expression of faith, the 'evidence' that Hitler and the Nazis were Bible thumping Christians dissolves.
For example, some radicals claim that Hitler was Catholic and in league with the Catholic Church. It's pointed out that Hitler was never excommunicated by the Catholic Church. Moreover, the Nazi government agreed to a treaty with the Pope to allow Catholic worship in Germany.
Adolf Hitler, as presented by mainstream historians, was not a devout Catholic. Hitler rejected the Catholic faith of his mother after World War 1, if not before. Hitler embraced his father's philosophy, which was typical German rationalism and religious skepticism, very popular in nominally Christian Germany.
Hitler loved science, technology and embraced biological evolution. Social Darwinism became the basis for Hitler's genocidal rationalizations, such as the termination of the crippled.
Hitler was inspired by eugenics proponent Margaret Sanger. She admired Hitler's racial politics of eugenics as well. Sanger authored 'Women and the New Race.' Her dream was that a super race would develop from selective human breeding. Sanger sought to distance herself from Hitler during WW2 by changing the name of her abortion clinics from the American Birth Control League to Planned Parenthood.
Hitler respected Rome's power but despised their ethics, which interfered with his emphasis on the virtues of social Darwinism and natural selection in human affairs.
The Nazis reasoned if a deity or higher power or force were interested in human affairs, it was merely as a spectator. This was not a Nazi originated theological concept but an example of old fashioned German rationalism.
Albert Einstein, a German who fled the Nazi regime, similarly believed that God was not involved in human affairs.
The Nazis believed the divine purpose was served to enjoy seeing the strongest survive among competing groups. Nietzsche's superman, not the suffering Christ, was the Nazi ideal.
Hitler and the Nazis attempted to replace traditional Christianity with their manufactured Deutsche Christian church. Their church rejected the Hebrew origins of the Gospel. The 'Christian' church banned Christian symbols and the Bible, substituting Nazi ideology.
Nazi dogma stated that Jesus was an Aryan, not the Son of God or divine. They believed Paul was a revolutionary Jew who wanted to topple ruthless Pagan Rome. Nazis believed Paul used the soft Christian messages of 'turn the other cheek', and 'love your enemies' to 'corrupt' the militaristic Roman Empire. In his private conversations, Hitler repeatedly mentioned Paul's falsification of "Jesus the Aryan's" message.
The Nazis pressed German Christians to leave traditional Christian churches and join the Reich Church. The Bible was replaced by Mein Kampf, and the crucifix replaced by the sword or the swastika. The Nazis usurped ancient institutions and symbols to turn Christians to their ideology. It worked, Germany remains one of the least religious nations in the world.
The Catholic Church only excommunicates those candidates likely to be shocked by the public process of excommunication. The Church reasoning is that the party being excommunicated may then realize his poor judgment and return to following Christian principles.
Hitler was obviously not a good candidate for such a strategy. The Catholic Church publicly attacking Hitler's character by using excommunication would have escalated the ongoing Nazi persecution and genocide against Catholics and Catholic clergy.
Hitler's agreement with the Pope, essentially a license for the Church to practice Catholicism in Germany, was violated by the Nazis as soon as they found it practical to do so. They interfered with Church operations immediately. Nazi operatives were already planted in every German institution, including being church laity administrators. The Nazis were already suspicious of the Vatican, an international organization.
The Nazis killed tens of thousands of Catholic priests, monks and nuns, as well as many Lutheran clergy. The head of the Lutheran Church was arrested and died in a concentration camp before the end of the war.
The Nazis tried to change Christmas into a neopagan winter festival. Church property was confiscated, Church publications were banned, Catholic schools abolished, day care centers were taken from Church control.
Catholic complaints against Nazi practice and ideology are abundant. Government takeover of church charity work was implemented. Church money collections were banned so the Nazis could control church finances through state religious taxes on members. Clergy were beaten and thrown into jail or reeducation camps.
Foreign Church mission work was made illegal, mandatory Hitler youth meetings were scheduled weekly on Sunday mornings to conflict with Sunday Mass.
Anti-Catholic Nazi publications were regularly published, using posters, newspapers and film.
Christian prayer was stopped in state classrooms, Christian crosses were by law replaced by swastikas in state controlled 'churches' and the Nazis drew up plans to invade the Vatican, plunder it, kidnap and murder the Pope.
Hitler made some Christian references in his propaganda, from Mein Kampf to later speeches. These were cynical attempts at seducing a nominally Christian country. By the beginning of WW2, Hitler and Nazi propaganda stopped making positive statements about Christianity. By that time, the Nazis realized the church was not going to be a willing 'partner' for Nazi plans.
The SS or Schutzstaffel- the 'Protection Squadron' used the Jesuit society as it's organization model. The Nazi's admiration for the Catholic Church ended at its bureaucratic efficiency.
The SS banned clergy and actively used it's Sicherheitsdienst, or security service, to eliminate Catholic influence both in the SS and in German society, banning Catholic clubs and Christian youth organizations.
Himmler distributed a list of neo-pagan and political holidays meant to wean the SS troops off Christian celebrations.
NAZI OCCULT ORIGINS
Hitler's early Nazi mentor was a Satanist. The Thule party was a depression era German progressive think tank which eventually helped promote the DAP, an organization which would become the Nazi party. Some of its members became prominent in the Nazi hierarchy. The Thule party were mostly neopaganists, occultists, spiritualists, agnostics and atheists. The S.S. headquarters was adorned with occult symbols.
In Hitler's Racial Ideology: Content and Occult Sources, authors Jackson Spielvogel and David Redles state that occultism has been overlooked as a reason for Hitler's genocidal intentions. Publicly Hitler was a German rationalist, with a disdain for non-pragmatic explanations for reality. Yet privately would wax over mystical and occult themes.
Nazi soldier's belt buckles with the inscription "God is with us' or in German 'Gott Mitt Uns' are sometimes used as proof the Nazis were Christians. The belt buckles were an old Prussian saying, and were left over surplus from WW1. They were issued for a short time by the pragmatic Germans until the supply was exhausted.
The Nazis would eventually replace the Bible in the German soldiers backpacks with Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathrusa.
"The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches" was prepared by the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA.
"Important leaders of the National Socialist party would have liked to meet this situation [church influence] by complete extirpation of Christianity and the substitution of a purely racial religion," said an OSS report in July 1945. "The best evidence now available as to the existence of an anti-Church plan is to be found in the systematic nature of the persecution itself.
"Different steps in that persecution, such as the campaign for the suppression of denominational and youth organizations, the campaign against denominational schools, the defamation campaign against the clergy, started on the same day in the whole area of the Reich . . . and were supported by the entire regimented press, by Nazi Party meetings, by traveling party speakers."
The fragile, typewritten documents from the 1940s lay out the Nazi plan in grim detail:
Take over the churches from within, using party sympathizers. Discredit, jail or kill Christian leaders. And re-indoctrinate the congregants. Give them a new faith - in Germany's Third Reich. Nazi ideology implemented social Darwinism: the weak must die, the strong survive.
The Nazi strategy was, essentially, to destroy Catholicism by eliminating all organizations supported by the Church, from schools and children's groups to Catholic trade unions. By 1939, Catholic schools and trade unions were virtually destroyed, replaced by National Socialist Schools, the Nazi Labor Front and the Hitler Youth with its female counterpart, the German Girls League.
Like the Marxists, the Nazi's were aggressive proponents of separation of church and state. The Nazis slowed down a bit on Christian persecution in 1936, having put in place those components which they believed would ensure its' demise.
The Nazis initially led German society from the depression and near mass starvation to a thriving prewar economy. The Germans were then turned by Nazi intimidation and propaganda to embrace a cold, rationalist view of religion and humanity, and emotional sentimentality for a fabricated Aryan heritage. Germany never returned to faith after the Nazis were defeated.
Today's Germany, fathered by the irreligious anti-Christian world view of Nietzsche, the Nazis and Marxism, is one of the most atheistic countries in the world.
‘It’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion,” Hitler complained to his pet architect Albert Speer. “Why did it have to be Christianity, with its meekness and flabbiness?” Islam was a Männerreligion—a “religion of men”—and hygienic too. The “soldiers of Islam” received a warrior’s heaven, “a real earthly paradise” with “houris” and “wine flowing.” This, Hitler argued, was much more suited to the “Germanic temperament” than the “Jewish filth and priestly twaddle” of Christianity.
The Nazi romance with Islam
Both Hitler and Himmler had a soft spot for Islam. Hitler several times fantasized that, if the Saracens had not been stopped at the Battle of Tours, Islam would have spread through the European continent—and that would have been a good thing, since “Jewish Christianity” wouldn’t have gone on to poison Europe. Christianity doted on weakness and suffering, while Islam extolled strength, Hitler believed. Himmler in a January 1944 speech called Islam “a practical and attractive religion for soldiers,” with its promise of paradise and beautiful women for brave martyrs after their death. “This is the kind of language a soldier understands,” Himmler gushed.
Surely, the Nazi leaders thought, Muslims would see that the Germans were their blood brothers: loyal, iron-willed, and most important, convinced that Jews were the evil that most plagued the world. “Do you recognize him, the fat, curly-haired Jew who deceives and rules the whole world and who steals the land of the Arabs?” demanded one of the Nazi pamphlets dropped over North Africa (a million copies of it were printed). “The Jew,” the pamphlet explained, was the evil King Dajjal from Islamic tradition, who in the world’s final days was supposed to lead 70,000 Jews from Isfahan in apocalyptic battle against Isa—often identified with Jesus, but according to the Reich Propaganda Ministry none other than Hitler himself. Germany produced reams of leaflets like this one, often quoting the Quran about Jewish treachery.
It is not surprising, then, that there are those today who draw a direct line between modern Jew-hatred in the Islamic world and the Nazis. A poster currently at Columbus Circle’s subway entrance proclaims loudly that “Jew-hatred is in the Quran.” The poster features a photograph of Hitler with the notoriously anti-Jewish Mufti al-Husaini of Palestine, who is erroneously labeled “the leader of the Muslim world.” The truth is considerably more complex. The mufti made himself useful to the Nazis as a propagandist, but he had little influence in most Muslim regions.
Few Muslims believed Nazi claims that Hitler was the protector of Islam, much less the Twelfth Imam, as one Reich pamphlet suggested.
The Nazis’ anti-Jewish propaganda no doubt attracted many Muslims, as historian Jeffrey Herf has documented, but they balked at believing that Hitler would be their savior or liberator. Instead, they sensed correctly that the Nazis wanted Muslims to fight and die for Germany. As Rommel approached Cairo, Egyptians started to get nervous. They knew that the Germans were not coming to liberate them, but instead wanted to make the Muslim world part of their own burgeoning empire. In the end, more Muslims wound up fighting for the Allies than for the Axis.
Hitler’s failed effort to put Muslim boots on the ground still stands as the most far-reaching Western attempt to use Islam to win a war. Such is the judgment of David Motadel, the author of a new, authoritative book, Islam and Nazi Germany’s War.
Excerpt from Book Review The Nazi Romance with Islam