“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.
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).