Christians on the far right who want to soothe themselves with the untruth that Hitler was an Atheist need think again. Hitler was a Roman Catholic with a profound interest in occult matters. That he had support of influential church leaders is also an unavoidable fact. It is also interesting to note that as a young man the future dictator and mass murder considered the priesthood - something he shared in common with Stalin.

 

 

Priests salute Hitler at a Catholic youth rally in the Berlin-Neukölln stadium in August 1933.

“We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity… in fact our movement is Christian. We are filled with a desire for Catholics and Protestants to discover one another in the deep distress of our own people.” - Adolf Hitler

 

“I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so” - Adolf Hitler

“The Government of the Reich regards Christianity as the unshakable foundation of the morals and moral code of the nation.” - Adolf Hitler     

 

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Comment by Arcus on August 8, 2011 at 11:47am

I have always wondered why Israel hasn't been more vehement in pushing this point as Jewish pogroms have generally been conducted by Christians and Muslims. It almost reminds me how the early Christian forefathers rewrote the Bible to make the Roman Empire "nicer" towards the early Christians than they actually were, shifting most of the blame for the death of the fictional character Jesus from the Romans to the Jews.

As far as I know, no war has been started in the name of atheism, and "There is no God" is hardly a worthwhile battlecry.

Comment by kris feenstra on August 8, 2011 at 2:15pm

Poor Hitler; always getting picked last for teams in gym class.  Nobody wants him.

Comment by Arcus on August 8, 2011 at 2:23pm

Actually.. Catholic and Protestant girls worshiped him. He was considered a contemporary sex symbol with men wanting to be like him and young girls lusting for him(!)

Kinda like the Republicans are pushing MILFs to the forefront to get the middle age male vote. ;)

 

Comment by kris feenstra on August 8, 2011 at 2:34pm

I meant now, not then.  Hell, at one point he seemed like one of the most respected men on the face of the planet, but his popularity seems to have declined somewhat since the 30s (though that's not to say he doesn't still have a fan base out there).

Comment by Arcus on August 8, 2011 at 2:37pm

Ah, in that case: Oh yes, he's a bench warmer. :)

Btw, seen what he had to say about atheists? Baynes, Norman Hepburn (1969). The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939'. H. Fertig. pp. 378.

"Without pledging ourselves to any particular Confession, we have restored faith to its pre-requisites because we were convinced that the people needs [sic] and requires [sic] 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."

Comment by kris feenstra on August 8, 2011 at 2:53pm

I don't know the story too well, but a relative of mine was captured as a member of the Wehrmacht during the war.  He was imprisoned in England, and when the children there got a look at him, they wondered where his horns were.  It turns out that they had been told that people in Nazi Germany worshipped Norse/ pagan gods and (I suppose) were sometimes depicted as wearing horned viking hats in cartoons and propaganda.  It's odd because I don't even think real vikings wore those hats let alone were they part of Nazi uniforms.  

 

I still get people in this day and age that tell me Germans from that era worshipped pagan gods.  I just reply that I wish it was actually true; it would be less embarrassing than the reality that they were mostly Catholics at the time.

Comment by Steve on August 8, 2011 at 3:13pm

There were pagan aspects to some of the Nazi ideology. You'll certainly find it the whole race concept. And you can see many norse/viking names in the titles of various military and civilians projects and institutions. But it was never practiced as a real religion. Just interwoven with the rest of their ideas. The few Nazis who took stuff like mysticism and the supernaturally very seriously were viewed as somewhat weird for it (Himmler for example and even he called himself a Catholic).

Comment by Stephen Walski on August 8, 2011 at 3:32pm

The whole Pagan argument is ridiculous...

 

Christianity has a huge infusion of pagan ritual.

Comment by kris feenstra on August 8, 2011 at 3:33pm

Sure, but Pagan mythology is embedded everywhere in some form or another.

Comment by Kelin420 on August 8, 2011 at 4:20pm

Hitler STILL is Catholic- as far as I know, he and most of the NAZI party were never excommunicated

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