Christians are often quick to point out that one reason to hate and discount the disgusting atheists is that they were responsible for Adolf Hitler and for the horrible acts of the Third Reich. If that is not a good reason to hate and despise atheists, what is?
The problem is that it is wrong. Hitler was brought up Catholic and was quoted as saying, “I shall remain a Catholic forever. . .” All the leaders under Hitler had Christian beliefs.
In addition, all the belt buckles of German soldiers had the words “Gott mit uns”. That’s “God (is) with us”, certainly a slogan and a visible sign on belt buckles that Germans then, from leaders to the common soldiers, were not atheistic. They were Christian.
Also, Hitler through his book Mein Kampf, spoke of doing and wanting to do God’s work. Wrongly and tragically, he interpreted this as his mission to destroy the Jews.
He got reinforcement for this from Martin Luther’s work ON THE JEWS AND THEIR LIES, a book which set the stage and reinforced the Nazi acts against Jews including destroying their synagogues, burning their houses, confiscating their property, killing them, etc. For the Nazis, Nazi leaders and Hitler, Martin’s work was the religious and Christian justification for the “final solution” for the Jews in Germany and German occupied lands.
During the war, original copies of Luther’s diatribe against Jews were used in Nazi presentation ceremonies and special events of honor and for promotion of Nazi leaders.
While watching International History channel the other day on the last days of Germany during WWII, they showed and translated the swearing in of the Home Guard in Berlin. It was during the last days of the war with Hitler buttoned up in his underground bunker and before his suicide.
This pitiful Home Guard of course was the “fight to the last man” final defense effort and comprised of the old, elderly, infirm, disabled, youth and children.
The oath was “I swear by God this sacred oath that to the leader of the German state and people, Adolf Hitler, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath.”
So the next time a Christian or someone from the religious right lambasts you or others for the atheistic Nazi atrocities against the Jews and others, you might remind them of the above. The Christians won’t believe you of course, but a simple check into the history of the period will prove that the above is right.
That’s of course, only if the religionists are brave enough to stick their toe into the pool of truth. With Christians, it so seldom happens.