A popular modern myth is that Hitler and his Nazi leaders were Christian. I recall seeing images of Hiter in church, I believe at the baptism of Hermann Goring’s child. Some insignias on Nazi uniforms are reported to have contained references to God. From this, plus wishful thinking on the part of modern atheists, some are running around the countryside claiming the Nazi’s were Christian and did their deeds from some twisted view of religion.
The truth speaks otherwise. In Hitler’s Table Talk: His Private Conversations (new updated edition, Weinburg, ed., London: Enigma Books, 2008), the contents of which are described by the editor as “Mostly monologues — with which Hitler from the believable evidence of many memories kept his entourage trying to stay awake, especially during the war years. it turned out that there were indeed some records of these, kept for the most part at the instruction of, and in some instances actually by, Martin Bormann who acted as Hitler’s secretery . . .” (Table Talk, xi).
We draw our attention to what Hitler told those around him about religion. On 13 December, 1941, Hitler was with several top Nazi officials, including Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop, Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister to Norway Josef Terboven, plus a minister named Phillip Bouhler who euthanized (actually murdered) 70,000 handicapped people. Apparently the Nazis wanted to keep the Aryan evolutionary chain pure. In any case, in front of these top officials Hitler said the following:
The war will be over one day. I shall then consider that my life’s final task will be to solve the religious problem. Only then will the life of the German native be guaranteed once and for all.
I don’t interfere in matter of belief. Therefore I can’t allow churchmen to interfere with temporal affairs. The organized lie must be smashed. the State must remain the absolute master.
When I was younger, I thought it was necessary to set about matters with dynamite. I’ve since realized that there’s room for a little subtlety. The rotten branch falls of itself. The final state must be in St. Peter’s Chair, a senile officiant; facing him, a few sinister old women, as gaga and as poor in spirit as anyone could wish. The young and healthy are on our side. Against a Church that identifies itself with the State, as in England, I have nothing to say. But, even so, it’s impossible eternally to hold humanity in bondage with lies. After all, it was only between the sixth and eighth centuries that Christianity was imposed on our peoples by princes who had an alliance of interests with the shavelings. Our peoples had previously succeeded in living all right without this religion. I have six divisions of SS composed of men absolutely indifferent in matters of religion.
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What is this God who takes pleasure only in seeing men grovel before Him? Try to picture to yourselves the meaning of the following, quite simple story. God creates the conditions for sin. Later on He succeeds, with the help of the Devil, in causing man to sin. . . . I can imagine people being enthusiastic about the paradise of Mohamet, but as for the insipid paradise of the Christians! . . . Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless, nor any more indecent way of turning the idea of the Godhead into a mockery. A negro with his tabus is crushingly superior to the human being who seriously believes in Transubstantiation.
So we have here a rather clear picture of what Hitler believed about religion in general, and Christianity in particular. Just to summarize, Hitler felt:
- He referred to Christianity as “an organized lie,” “a rotten branch,” “a lie,” “senseless,” and the product of “sick brains.”
- He planned to control the church through a subtle deception, not open force.
- He claimed he did not interfere with matters of belief, but planned to control the church so that it was impotent. (Such contradictions remind us of today, when we have supposed separation between church and state, as long as the church does not say anything the state disagrees with.)
- He wanted to replace the Pope with an impotent, senile old man, surrounded by other “gaga” people.
- He taught his best troops that religion was not a matter of concern.
- He felt Christianity was imposed on his people, and the church was something that kept people in a bondage of which he must set them free. They lived without religion at one time and could do it again.
- Hitler took a similar view to many modern people who refuse to bow before God, seeing such actions as groveling.
This is but one example of the several places in Hitler’s Table Talk where he gives his clear view of Christianity. Hitler did his best to remove religion completely from society and develop morals around the Aryan people, who he felt were superior due to evolution. The many millions of people who died due to Hitler’s views were the result of several factors, one of which was trying to remove Christianity from society. We should take note of history and be cautious when we remove the ancient cornerstones that hold society together.