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 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 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 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 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

Comment by Derek on August 8, 2011 at 5:15pm

Let's not forget those loving Catholic officials who drew up escape documentation for the Nazis at the time.


Also those Nazi belt buckles with the motto of "Gott min uns" (God with us) incribed on them.

Comment by Arcus on August 8, 2011 at 5:20pm

Lest we forget the intermingling between the Catholic church and falangists and fascists. Seems like atheists usually find themselves on the losing side against right wing dictators and marked as dissidents under left wing dictators unless they follow the party line.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 8, 2011 at 9:20pm

Where are the Christian apologists ?

Comment by Unindoctrinated on August 9, 2011 at 12:09am

Whenever I'm arguing with believers and they bring up the old chestnut "Hitler was an atheist" I always cringe because I know that as soon as I prove he was a faithful Catholic they completely drop the subject and state something along the lines of "Oh well, Stalin was and so was Pol Pot. they completely miss the fact that I had shown what crimes can be done in the name of their god. Ah what a blissful life people must have when they can somehow just ban information from entering their conscience if it disagrees with their beliefs or somehow makes them uncomfortable.

I once read somewhere on-line that there have been four or five unambiguous papal instructions to annihilate the Jews over the last 1400 years but have unfortunately since lost the bookmarked pages to a total system failure. Damn my memory! What is an official papal decree called again?

Does anyone know anything about this? I want to find out whether it is factual or just the fantasies of some conspiracy nutjob.


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