“The National Socialist State professes its allegiance to positive Christianity. It will be its honest endeavor to protect both the great Christian Confessions in their rights,to secure them from interference with their doctrines (Lehren), and in their duties toconstitute a harmony with the views and the exigencies of the State of today.” – Adolf Hitler, on 26 June 1934, to Catholic bishops to assure them that he wouldtake action against the new pagan propaganda “Providence has caused me to beCatholic, and I know therefore how to handle this Church.” -Adolf Hitler,reportedly to have said in Berlin in 1936 on the enmity of the Catholic Church to National Socialism
How Christianity was the catalyst of the Holocaust:
Hitler’s anti-Semitism grew out of his Christian education. Austria and Germanywere majorly Christian during his time and they held the belief that Jews were aninferior status to Aryan Christians. The Christians blamed the Jews for the killingof Jesus. Jewish hatred did not actually spring from Hitler, it came from the preaching of Catholic priests and Protestant ministers throughout Germany for hundreds of years. The Protestant leader, Martin Luther, himself, held a livid hatredfor Jews and their Jewish religion. In his book, “On the Jews and their Lies,”Luther set the standard for Jewish hatred in Protestant Germany up until World War 2. Hitler expressed a great admiration for Martin Luther constantly quoting hisworks and beliefs. Now, you must remember before Hitler rose to Chancellor of Germany the countrywas in a deep economic depression due to the Versailles treaty. The Versaillestreaty demanded that Germans made financial reparations for the previous war andGermany simply was not self sufficient enough in order to pay the debt. Hitler wasthe leader that raised Germany out of the depression and brought them back to aworld recognized power. Due to his annulment of the financial woes of theGermanic people he became their redeemer and they anointed him as the leader of the German Reich Christian Church in 1933. This placed him in power of theGerman Christian Socialist movement which legislates their political and religiousagendas. It united all denominations, mainly the Protestant/Catholic and Lutheran people to instill faith in a national Christianity.
How the Nazi Regime converted the people:
a) In the 1920s, Hitler’s German Workers’ Party (pre Nazi term) adopted a“Programme” with twenty-five points (the Nazi version of a constitution). In pointtwenty-four, their intent clearly demonstrates, from the very beginning, their standin favor of a “positive” Christianity: “We demand liberty for all religiousdenominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militateagainst the morality and moral sense of the German race. The Party, as such, standsfor positive Christianity, but does not bind itself in the matter of creed to any particular confession...”