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"A final solution"

Horror chamber at the Buchenwald concentration camp near Jena, Germany
Horror chamber at the Buchenwald concentration camp near Jena, Germany
Pieter Kuiper (Wikimedia Commons)

“There had to be a solution, a final solution.”  The Jewish novelist George Steiner made his book The Portage to San Cristobal of A. H. one of the most controversial novels in the 20th century by putting these words into the mouth of A. H., which, by the way, refers to Adolph Hitler.

Steiner suggests that Hitler did not really die in Berlin in May 1945. Instead, “the one out of hell” (i.e., Steiner’s own description of Hitler’s origin) managed to escape to the jungles of Brazil until he was captured 30 years after World War II by a gang of Jewish Nazi-hunters “to bring this wraith-like creature back to civilization” (see The New York Times’ review of this book titled “Alive and 90 in the Jungles of Brazil” by Morris Dickstein).

Like Adolph Eichmann in real life, Hitler in this fiction is then flown to Israel to face his trial for the monstrous crime he committed against the Jews and the rest of the human race, though the captors struggle over the fact that the accused is already an aged man who through much of the story said only a little until the last chapter of the book.

“There had to be a solution, a final solution,” says Hitler, who now speaks with full conviction for his own defense. “For what is the Jew if not a long cancer of unrest? Gentlemen, I beg your attention, I demand it. Was there ever a crueler invention, a contrivance more calculated to harm human existence than that of an omnipotent, all-seeing, yet invisible, impalpable, inconceivable God?”

Hitler may have been terribly wrong in attempting to annihilate the Jews and the gypsies in favor of his Third Reich super race. Theologically, however, he is deadly right. It was ultimately against this God (i.e., the God of the Jews, and of Christians for that matter) that this Nazi tyrant was up against.

Hitler further complains, “The Jew emptied the world by setting his God apart, immeasurably apart from man’s senses. No image. No concrete embodiment. No imagining even. A blank emptier than the desert. Yet with a terrifying nearness. Spying on our every misdeed, searching out the heart of our heart for motive.”

British social critic and Christian philosopher Os Guinness adds a little more light to the story than Steiner may have been able to paint for us. “You call me tyrant? Hitler asks. What tyranny has been more total than that of the Jewish ‘God makers’ who ‘invented conscience’? If the gods were finite and flawed, they could be charged with our failures. But if there is one God, absolute and good, all flaws and failures are ours.”

Read the signs of the times, for then you will realize these words of Hitler, albeit fictional, can still be heard today. We hear them echoed by the atheists, the secular humanists, the evolutionists, the postmodernists, the neo-pagans, the so-called New Agers, among others, who like Hitler and his idol Friedrich Nietzsche, wish the death of this God.  This, for them, is the final solution.

References:

Morris Dickstein, “Alive and 90 in the Jungles of Brazil,” The New York Times, May 2, 1982.

Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (Nashville, TN: W. Publishing Group, 2003), 60-67.

George Steiner, The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. (London: Faber and Faber, 1979).

Comments

  • Gauldar 4 years ago

    Argue what you will, but it's been known that Hitler was a hardcore Catholic. Just do a search on "Adolf Hitler's religious views" in Wikipedia or other non-biased sources.

    You can read it & research it, or ignore it. That's your choice. If this is not factual, then that church has nothing to feel guilty for with its role in supporting Hitler, which they do to this day. If you want to see for yourself religious focused hatred and intolerance, just look up the Westboro Baptist Church in a Google search or YouTube (But I’m sure you already know about them). Throwing Christians or Atheists all into their own group without listening to the individuals point of view is just plain ignorant. I question if I should expect more from you since you’re a minister, or if I am walking down the same path as you are by making such a generalization.

  • Edwin-Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner 4 years ago

    Thanks for the comment, Gauldar. Yes, you're correct, Hitler was a Roman Catholic. However, a careful look at the life story of Hitler will make you conclude that he was not a practicing Catholic in the real sense of the term. He was in fact a follower of Friedrich Nietzsche, the foremost preacher of the "death of God" gospel. His swastika (i.e., a broken cross) was a direct assault against the cross of Christ. He even looked at himself as the fulfillment of Nietzsche's "Superman" which drove him to commit the monstrous crime he committed against humanity, so much so that some writers did not hesitate to call him as the foreshadow of the Antichrist. This, by the way, is, at the very least, the major consensus among respectable scholars on Hitler and the Holocaust.

  • Edwin-Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner 4 years ago

    Sadly, majority of Christians, especially the Germans, were deceived by Hitler during his regime. However, much of the accusations thrown against Christians are oftentimes unfounded. First, a few of them have indeed drifted from the faith & even committed crimes like those committed by tyrants & criminals, but many of them have remained faithful & have proved themselves good, responsible citizens of their countries. Second, it must be noted that when fallen believers commit a crime, this they do in contradiction to the very nature & character of the faith they profess that calls them to live a life that is pleasing to God. Not so w/ the atheists. When they commit a crime, this they do as a result of the logical implication of embracing a godless worldview. It doesn't necessarily mean that all atheists are bad. It simply means that being bad in atheism does not violate any moral principle at all in the absence of a transcendental moral law Giver in the person of God.

  • Gauldar 4 years ago

    You don't need a god to be a good person. Be good for "goodness" sake. It's just that easy. Religion has nothing to with morality. Psychopathic disorders have nothing to do with belief systems, they are caused by "bad wiring" in the brain through biological development or serious childhood trauma, and such things can inhibit those individuals from making socialy moral descisions.

  • Edwin-Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner 4 years ago

    Thanks again for your comment, Gauldar. May I bring to your attention the words of Fyodor Dostoevsky, one of the best minds Russia has ever produced in spite the greats pains a great mass of people had to bear in the name the godless Marxist-Stalinist-Leninist worldview. Dostoevsky penned these words not too long ago in response to the horror brought about by imposing the logical and immoral implications of this godless ideology to a great number of innocent lives in Soviet Russia: "If God does not exist, everything is permissible."

  • Gauldar 4 years ago

    That's a very popular misquoted sound bite that apparently was taken from a quote by Jean-Paul Sartre, and not from Dostoevsky who was part of the Existentialist movement. I admit, I don't know too much about it, but I should read more into it. It could be something as simple as an idea being lost in translation, since he was too educated of a man to take things out of context.

  • Edwin-Christian & Postmodern Theology Examiner 4 years ago

    Let me admit that I have placed Dostoevsky at the wrong page of history. He actually lived relatively a long time before the Stalinist-Leninist regime in Soviet Russia.

    The point here, however, is the essence and import of this quote from Dostoevsky, which was taken from his classic work "Crime and Punishment."

    Friedrich Nietzsche, by the way, was also somewhat taken by surprised by the logical and immoral implication of this idea when he preached his "death of God" gospel. Somebody must replace God if He is already dead, Nietzsche concurred. His proposal: the Huberman, otherwise known as the Superman, which, according to some scholarly accounts, was actually what Hitler had in mind when he manipulated the political affairs of the Germany of his days.

  • Gauldar 4 years ago

    Europe was rampant with racial pride and narcissistic supremacism, but Atheist and Christian alike. I don't see any argument there. There were a lot of good people caught up in that war too. My grand father was from Hungry, and he was forced to fight, or else be shot and killed. Oh, and if you want a Hitler pro-Christian quote here is one for you:

    "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."

    Religion isn't the reason for people doing heinous actions... but a lot of the time it's given as an excuse. If there was no religion, maybe there wouldn't be any good excuse at all to do harm to one another and people will have to own up to their own selfish actions. Who knows?