Everyone knows that Adolf Hitler posed a great threat to the Jews. What many people are less aware of is that Hitler posed a gigantic threat to Christians. The purpose of this article is to provide you some insight into the threat that Hitler posed to Christianity.

It’s important to understand the threat Hitler posed to Christianity because World War 2 was much more than a conflict between individuals and ideology. World War 2 is perhaps the best example of how the ongoing spiritual conflict between God and Satan has directly impacted human affairs. I would argue that World War 2 marked the biggest clash between God and Satan since the time of Christ. Understanding what really went on behind-the-scenes in World War 2 will help people understand that there truly is an ongoing war between the forces of good and the forces of evil.

Hitler Sought the Destruction of Christianity

Adolf Hitler ascended to power in the early 1930s while Germany was a Christian nation. Hitler revealed to Herman Rauschning that he planned to eliminate Christianity in Germany: “The Religions are all alike, no matter what they call themselves. They have no future-certainty none for the Germans. Fascism, if it likes, may come to terms with the Church. So shall I. Why not? That will not prevent me from tearing up Christianity root and branch, and annihilating it in Germany”.1 In Christianity’s place Hitler planned to install a new religion in not only Germany but also the rest of the world. President Franklin D. Roosevelt revealed Hitler’s plan of establishing a new religion:

“It is a plan to abolish all existing religions, Catholic, Protestant, Mohammedan, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish alike […] the cross and all other symbols of religion are to be forbidden. The clergy are to be ever liquidated, silenced under penalty of the concentration camps, where even now so many fearless men are being tortured because they have placed God above Hitler. In the place of the churches of our civilization there is to be set up an international Nazi church, a church which will be served by orators sent out by the Nazi government. And in the place of the Bible, the words of ‘Mein Kampf’ will be imposed and enforced as Holy Writ. And in the place of the cross of Christ will be put two symbols, the swastika and the naked sword”.2

Nazi intentions were confirmed on January 3, 1942 when The New York Times published a 30-point program detailing the key doctrines of the new National Reich Church.3

The way that Hitler could pursue the annihilation of Christianity along with the Jews was through his war. Gereon Goldmann, a former Waffen SS solider, revealed the hidden, yet key objectives of Hitler’s war:

“One day a big shot from Berlin came to speak to us. We were stunned by what he said, but we weren’t allowed to tell anyone-it was strictly confidential. This man told us that ‘Victory could only be complete when all the churches were destroyed. Not only the Jewish religion, but also all Christian faiths would have to be eliminated’”.4

Another profane objective of Hitler’s new religion was to create a new man: “‘National Socialism is more than a religion; it is the will to create superman’”.5 This superman was not only to replace man, but to also replace God: ‘National Socialism is the will to create mankind… Now man is becoming God’”.6

Hitler Attempted to Replace God

Hitler’s official position as “Fuhrer” formally combined the powers of chancellor and president into one position. However, Nazi propaganda often depicted Hitler as more than a chancellor and/or president, but as the Messiah of the German people. He supposedly was sent from heaven to save the German people and build a new Reich. For instance, Hitler once proclaimed, “How lucky I am that providence sent me to the desperate German people as a saviour in their hour of need”.7 The role of messiah was integrated into Hitler’s role as Fuhrer.

Ernest Jackh, the author of The War for Man’s Soul, described the German population’s attitude towards their leader: “In its mind the mass sublimates the Fuhrer into a mystical phenomenon. It hails him as a ‘nationalistic Godsend’ or as God himself and does not realize that nationalistic narrowness and God can never meet on the same plane. Similarly it elevates the physical importance of its leader into the realm of the superhuman, where there is no place for sensual human impulses and worships it as ‘sacred celibacy’”.8 Some Germans were so enamored by the Fuhrer that they were willing to follow him into death. A German soldier dying in France told a French man who approached him (I am not making this quote up), “The Fuhrer is my faith. I don’t want anything from your church. But if you want to be good to me, get my Fuhrer’s picture out of my pocket…My Fuhrer, I am happy to die for you”!9 Hitler’s followers were fanatical because he is “in the eyes of his admirers, is a prophet, he partakes of the divine”.10

Adolf Hitler’s blasphemous public conduct rose to a level that had never been seen. One observer of Nazi Germany at the time noted that “Hitler’s challenge to God has no precedent”.11 He deliberately blurred the difference between himself and God as “Hitler had provided them [the German people] with a suitable formula: ‘We know two Gods: one in heaven and another on earth; the second is Germany.’ But ‘we’ are Germany, Hitler had said on another occasion, and ‘we’ meant ‘I’. And so there were people who prayed to Hitler, perhaps without realizing that this was prayer”.12 Hitler also had government officials subliminally present him as a god. For instance, Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess told his audience, “‘Do not seek Adolf Hitler with your brains; all of you will find him with the strength of your hearts. Adolf Hitler is Germany and Germany is Adolf Hitler.’-And, in Hitler’s own words, ‘Germany is our God on this earth’”.13 The German people worshiped Hitler as if he was a god and some actually believed that he was god. Young Germans were the most likely group of people to accept the ludicrous notion that Hitler was god. German boys and girls sung songs in school, such as this one, that deified Hitler:

“Adolf Hitler is our Savior our hero. He is the noblest being in the whole wide world. For Hitler we live. For Hitler we die. Our Hitler is our Lord who rules a brave new world”.14

Outside the classroom young Germans were further indoctrinated into the cult of the Fuhrer. One passage of a Hitler Youth song included this blasphemous passage:

“Pope and rabbi shall be gone. We want to be pagans once again. No longer creep to churches… We are the joyous Hitler Youth. We do not need any Christian virtue. Our leader, Adolf Hitler, is our Savior”…15

I believe that if Hitler had succeeded he would have eliminated every Jew on Earth and would have eliminated Christianity completely because Hitler clearly was not going to be satisfied with just eliminating the Jews. Thank goodness Hitler was defeated or this world would be a completely different place to live in. A much worse place…

 

Show 15 footnotes

  1. Rauschning, Hermann. The Voice of Destruction. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1940. 49
  2.  “President Roosevelt’s Navy Day Address on World Affairs”. 28 Oct. 1941. New York Times. Pg 4. ProQuest. Shields Library., Davis, CA. 26 Oct. 2004 <http://www.proquest.com>.
  3. Brigham, Daniel. “Nazi State Church Plan Proposes to Oust Other Faiths and Ban Bible”. New York Times. 3 Jan 1942: Pg 1. ProQuest. Shields Library., Davis, CA. 26 Oct. 2004 <http://www.proquest.com>.
  4.  “The SS” The Waffen SS, by ZDF Enterprises.
  5.  Angebert, Jean-Michel. The Occult and the Third Reich; the Mystical Origins of Nazism and the Search for the Holy Grail. Trans Lewis A. M. Sumberg. New York: Macmillan, 1974. 120
  6.  Jackh, Ernest. The War on Man’s Soul. New York: The Ferris Printing Company, 1943. 18
  7.  Parparov, Fyodor. The Hitler Book: the Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin from the Interrogations of Hitler’s Personal Aides. Ed. Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl. Trans. Giles MacDonogh. New York: Public Affairs, 2005. 4
  8.  Jackh, Ernest. The War on Man’s Soul. New York: The Ferris Printing Company, 1943. 145
  9.  Viereck, Peter. Metapolitics, from the Romantics to Hitler. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1941. 299
  10.  Angebert, Jean-Michel. The Occult and the Third Reich; the Mystical Origins of Nazism and the Search for the Holy Grail. Trans Lewis A. M. Sumberg. New York: Macmillan, 1974. 21
  11.  Jackh, Ernest. The War on Man’s Soul. New York: The Ferris Printing Company, 1943. 15
  12.  Heiden, Konrad. Der Fuehrer; Hitler’s Rise to Power. Houghton Miffin Company. Boston. 1944 632
  13.  Ibid. 758
  14.  “Why We Fight” series, Prelude to War,. Frank Capra
  15.  Jackh, Ernest. The War on Man’s Soul. New York: The Ferris Printing Company, 1943. 24