“We are the joyous Hitler youth,
We do not need any Christian virtue
Our leader is our savior
The Pope and Rabbi shall be gone
We want to be pagans once again”
—song sung by Hitler youth
A fellow Examiner posted an article titled Adolf Hitler hated Darwinism which, sadly, repeats pop-cultural mythology.
Do not misunderstand me; it is nice when people get excited about new things such as finding out that the German army had “Gott mit uns” on their belt buckles, that (an up and coming) Hitler made sympathetic comments about Christianity or, when a new cereal comes out.
But you must also look into the issue and, in this case, realize that every few years the same claims are made, the same claims are refuted and in a few years the same claims will be made again, refuted again, ad infinitum.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to” keep posting fallacy.
If Hitler was a Christian then the world’s most infamous anti-Semite worshipped a Jew as his Lord, God and Savior. Was he an Atheist? Likely not, even though his biographer wrote that Hitler was, “a man who believed neither in God nor in conscience” (Richard Cavendish, The Powers of Evil in Western Religion, Magic and Folk Belief (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975 AD), p. 77-78). He seems to have been rather taken with Norse mythology and certainly with social Darwinism, eugenics, etc.
People ask about the “God with us” belt buckles (which the Nazis simply took over from and, by the way, as if a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association belt buckle makes you a cowboy). Jesus said, “you will know them by their fruits” and not by their belt buckles.
In fact, the motto came from Otto von Bismarck, whose imperial standard contained the slogan in 1870 (there are also similar Gott mit uns buckles from World War I). The Waffen-SS’s motto was not Gott mit uns but Meine Ehre heißt Treue (My Honor Is Called Loyalty).
Why does no one claim that they were Norse due to the SS’s runes, Hindu or Buddhist due to the swastika, etc.
Hitler was a politician and thus, an opportunist; he said whatever he needed to at any given time. The early Hitler was not the same as the latter Hitler.
Consider this example, Hitler told Field Marshall Rundstedt:
“Great Britain…which must be looked on, together with the Catholic Church, as one of the cornerstones of Western civilization.”
Yet, he told General Ludendorff:
“I entirely agree with His Excellency…but I need, for the building up of a great political movement, the Catholics of Bavaria just as the Protestants of Prussia, the rest can come later.”
He also stated:
“The enemies of National Socialism include not only the ‘Jewish Marxists’ and the Catholics but also certain elements of an incorrigible, stupid and reactionary bourgeoisie.”
Thus, when convenient, he asserts that “the Catholic Church, as one of the cornerstones of Western civilization” and when convenient he asserts that “the Catholics…can come later” and that “The enemies of National Socialism include…the Catholics.”
There is a reason why the Reich “Churches” replaced the Bible with Mein Khamf and, as recently declassified document prove, the Nazis had their eye on toppling Christianity. As the BBC News put it in “Nazi Trial Documents Made Public,” the “documents used as evidence in the Nuremberg war crimes trials…shows how the Nazis planned to supplant Christianity with a religion based on racial superiority.”
“Man, like every other animal, has no doubt advanced to his present high condition through a struggle for existence consequent on his rapid multiplication; and if he is to advance still higher he must remain subject to a severe struggle. Otherwise he would soon sink into indolence, and the more highly-gifted men would not be more successful in the battle of life than the less gifted.”
This is a paraphrase of Charles Darwin's statement:
“The idea of struggle is as old as life itself, for life is only preserved because other living things perish through struggle. In this struggle, the stronger, the more able, win, while the less able, the weak, lose. Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle.”
Well, actually, oopsy; the first quote is actually from Darwin and the second from Hitler—but who could tell the difference? The first quote is from Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (Princeton reprint of the 1st edition), p. 2:403 and the second from Joachim C. Fest, The Face of The Third Reich (1963), p. 27 citing "Speech at Kulmbach on 5th February 1928, quoted by Alan Bullock in 'Hitler. A Study in Tyranny'"
Here are some quotes of interest:
“I am myself a heathen to the core”
—Adolf Hitler quoted in See Margaret Brearley, "Hitler and Wagner: The Leader, the Master and the Jews," Patters of Prejudice, 22/2 (Institute of Jewish Affairs, Summer 1988 AD) cited in Richard Harries, After the Evil - Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2003 AD), p. 14
“When understanding of the universe has become widespread…Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity.”
—Adolf Hitler quoted in Hitler's Secret Conversations 1941-1944 (Farrar, Straus and Young, Inc. 1953), published in Britain as Hitler's Table Talk 1941-1944 (Oxford University Press), pp. 49-52
“The reason why the ancient world was so pure, light and serene was that it knew nothing of the two great scourges: the pox and Christianity.”
—Adolf Hitler quoted in Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006 AD), p. 276
“Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle…life is only preserved because other living things perish through struggle. In this struggle, the stronger, the more able, win, while the less able, the weak, lose.”
—Adolf Hitler quoted in Joachim C. Fest, The Face of The Third Reich (1963), p. 27 citing "Speech at Kulmbach on 5th February 1928, quoted by Alan Bullock in Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
“the right of the stronger, a right which, as we see in Nature, can be regarded as the sole conceivable right, because it is founded on reason.”
—Adolf Hitler, see Chapter VII, Means Used by the Nazi Conspirators in Gaining Control of the German State (© 1996-2007 AD, The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. The Lillian Goldman Law Library in Memory of Sol Goldman)
“The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Only the born weakling can view this as cruel.”
—Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1943 AD), p. 285
“it could only suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible. We are not interested in seeing the non-German population multiply.”
—Adolf Hitler’s 1942 AD policy statement regarding the Slavic people
“What's to prevent us from saying Hitler wasn't right? I mean, that is a genuinely difficult question”
—Richard Dawkins in Richard Dawkins: The Atheist Evangelist
“So, why is Adolf Hitler wrong? Because he murdered millions, and his only justification, even if it were valid, was based on things which he should have known were factually wrong. Why is it wrong to do that? Because I said so.”
—Dave from the ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society
“The German Fuehrer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make
the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution. He has failed, not because the theory of evolution is false, but because he has made three fatal blunders in its application.”
—Sir Arthur Keith, Essays on Human Evolution, 1946 ed., p. 229
“war becomes a biological necessity…If it were not for war we should find that inferior and degenerate races would overcome healthy and youthful ones by their wealth and their numbers.”
—Prussian General and Social Darwinist Friedrich von Bernhardi quoted in Samuel J. Holmes, The Trend of the Race: A Study of Present Tendencies in the Biological Development of Civilized Mankind (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. Inc., 1921 AD), p. 205
“The Fuhrer is deeply religious, though completely anti-Christian. He views Christianity as a symptom of decay. Rightly so. It is a branch of the Jewish race.”
—Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda
“National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable.”
-Martin Borman, Head of the Nazi Chancellery
Both quoted in Patrick J. Gallo, For Love and Country: The Italian Resistance (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003), p. 88 with the second quote citing Owen Chadwick, “The Pope and the Jews, 1942,” 470. See: Martin Borman’s Circular of National Socialism and Christianity in John Conway, Nazi Persecution of the Churches, 1933-1945 (NY: Basic Books, 1968 AD), pp. 383-386
“a higher race subjects to itself a lower race.”
—1933 Nuremberg Trial Transcript, Vol. 4, p. 279 quoted in See Jerry Bergman, Eugenics and the Development of Nazi Race Policy
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