Subject: Hitler was an atheist! Typical posting: Hitler was an atheist, and look at what h
Subject: Hitler was an atheist!
Hitler was an atheist, and look at what he did!
Adolf Hitler was emphatically not an atheist. As he said himself:
The folkish-minded man, in particular, has the sacred duty, each in
his own denomination, of making _people_stop_just_talking_
For God's will gave men their form, their essence, and their
abilities. Anyone who destroys His work is declaring war on the
Lord's creation, the divine will. Therefore, let every man be
active, each in his own denomination if you please, and let every
man take it as his first and most sacred duty to oppose anyone who
in his activity by word or deed steps outside the confines of his
religious community and tries to butt into the other.
Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will
of the Almighty Creator: _by_defending_myself_against_the_Jew,_I_am_
-- Adolf Hitler, from "Mein Kampf", trans. Ralph Mannheim.
Hitler certainly believed that he was a Christian:
The Fuhrer made it known to those entrusted with the Final
Solution that the killings should be done as humanely as
possible. This was in line with his conviction that he was
observing God's injunction to cleanse the world of vermin.
Still a member in good standing of the Church of Rome despite
detestation of its hierarchy ("I am now as before a Catholic and
will always remain so" [quoting Hitler]), he carried within him
its teaching that the Jew was the killer of God. The
extermination, therefore, could be done without a twinge of
conscience since he was merely acting as the avenging hand of
God -- so long as it was done impersonally, without cruelty.
-- John Toland (Pulitzer Prize winner), from "Adolf Hitler",
pp 507, talking about the Autumn of 1941.
The "I am now as before a Catholic..." quotation from Hitler was
recorded in the diary of Gerhard Engel, an SS Adjutant, in October
1941. Hitler was speaking in private, not before a mass audience, and
so it is difficult to dismiss the comment as propaganda lies.
Of course, someone bad believing something does not make that belief
wrong. It's also entirely possible that Hitler was lying when he claimed
to believe in God. We certainly can't conclude that he's an atheist,
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