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Daniel tull

Mr. Hawkins
Period. 4
World history
Spring Semester Project
Nazi attitudes toward God and organized religion were complicated.
Contrary to popular opinion, Adolf Hitler was not an atheist(). I think some people
in the past thought he didnt really have a religion because he had many different views
on religion. Also he didnt really specify what religion he was when he was older. As a
boy Hitler was introduced to the Catholic faith by his devoutly religious mother().
When he was younger he had a firm hand in the catholic faith because all of his family
was so he was raised that way. His family also didnt like christens so he was raised to
not like them and he shows it in his future. Hitler drifted away from the church after
leaving home.() I think this was because after he moved he got so occupied with other
things like fighting in the First World War or trying to take over the country/world. I think
he also got busy with getting older. According to those closest to Hitler, he continued
to identify as a Christian and made regular financial contributions to the church
though he never attended church or received communion(). Just because he didnt
go to church doesnt men he didnt practice it. He could have stilled believed the stricter
of the religion. People arent bound to church so he didnt necessarily have to go to
church. Hitlers early speeches often mentioned God and emphasized the pivotal
role of Christianity in German society(). I think he wanted to tell the German people
that the only religion thats ok is catholic and that he wanted the whole country to be that
way. He also might have wanted the people who didnt practice that religion to convert.

Hitler could be strongly critical of organized religion. He considered Christian


concerns with compassion and charity a significant weakness(). If people wanted to
give anything away it was weakness. If you didnt like the Catholic Church you were
week and was expected to convert. Hitler also believed the core values of Nazism
like nationalism, obedience and loyalty to the state were contradicted by religious
teachings. Hitler wanted his solders to believe in one thing and he wanted them to fallow
that one thing and believe in it. He also wanted to have them to believe in what ever he
believed because he wanted to take over. Nevertheless the vast majority of Germans
still identified as Christians. Hitler hated this and was really mad because he wanted to
make everyone one type of person. He had to understand that he couldnt make a nation
one person because there is always that one person who is going to rebel. Hitler, they
believed, had the potential to transform and revive German Christianity. Even thoe
he didnt do this he decided not to. He also might have not done it because he didnt like
Christianity. The relationship between German Catholicism and the Nazi Party was
conciliatory at first but quickly deteriorated. I think this was because none of the Nazi
party wanted to convert to what Hitler wanted. They might have also believed in
something so deeply they wouldnt convert to catholic. Hitler had no great desire to
protect Catholic rights and privileges, however; he wanted a one-sided concordat to
reduce the political influence of the Catholic Church. Just because he didnt want to
protect the catholic rights and privileges he could have still wanted it to be the main
religion. He also might have wanted to combine catholic with christen and make a new
religion. Catholic schools were closed and replaced with community schools, run by
Nazi sympathizers. He did this with all schools not just catholic because he wanted the

new area of children to believe in Nazi history. He didnt want them to be anything else
but what he wanted them to be. In 1933, prior to the annexation of Austria into
Germany, the population of Germany was approximately 67% Protestant and 33%
Catholic; Jews made up less than 1% of the population. Hitler loved this because he
thought Jews were decussating and ignorant. He wanted to get rid of them as soon as
possible. Nazism wanted to transform the subjective consciousness of the German
peopletheir attitudes, values and mentalitiesinto a single-minded, obedient
"national community". They wanted to control everything and everyone. They also
wanted to control how they lived. Hitler routinely disregarded the Concordat, closing
all Catholic institutions whose functions were not strictly religious. Clergy, nuns,
and lay leaders were targeted, with thousands of arrests over the ensuing years. The
Church accused the regime of "fundamental hostility to Christ and his Church".
He didnt like they way they were teaching or doing things to they arrested them. Just
because they werent fully religious he arrested them because I think he wanted them to
teach strictly about Nazis and catholic beliefs. In contrast to his adult life, relatively
little is known about Hitler's childhood and upbringing, and what we do know sheds
only dim light on his religious persuasion. He may have believed in much different
religion as a kid. We do know that he was raised catholic and that he wanted his army to
be catholic. Hitler criticized the Catholic Church in its political form, which he said
failed to recognize Germany and Europes racial problem. These problems were a
big deal because he waned is army to be perfect. He also wanted them to believe the
Catholic Church had bad political views on thing but their beliefs were right. However,
Hitler the politician was also aware that to achieve power he would need to win

votes from the Catholic Centre Party and could not afford total alienation. He
wanted to sway over the catholic party because he needed their votes. He wanted their
votes to win the election to become supreme leader.