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Lutheran Nazism

Introduction


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This document has been created primarily as a response to accusations of Catholic involvement in the Nazi movment and regime. While it is true that Hitler deceived people across religious lines, including Catholics, Protestants, and even atheists, this is not the primary subject of this document.

Below are some pictures from Martin Luther Memorial Church in Berlin (Wikipedia Page Missing?).

"In 1932 the Protestant church came under the influence of the Nazi movement called "German Christians" (Bewegung Deutscher Christen, also called "Stormtroopers of Jesus") and lead by the founder, Rev. Joachim Hossenfelder. This movement represented Hitler's "Positive Christianity" views and lawfully encoded into the Nazi "constitution." Hitler tried to force regional Protestant churches to merge into the Protestant Reich Church. Protestant churches throughout Germany participated in the movement but Hitler's union of the churches failed because of in-church bickering. Only one visibly apparent church remains in Germany that shows distinctive markings of Positive Christianity, a reminder of how Christianity and Nazism mixed together during the Nazi regime."1

Consecrated in 1935, the Martin Luther Memorial Church in Berlin still stands. Originally the Church bells and altar contained the swastika, but later removed because of post-war law that outlaws swastikas in Germany. Nevertheless, the church still retains many of the Nazi symbols and icons, including a muscular Aryan Jesus, Iron cross, statues of Nazi stormtroopers, and a bust of Adolf Hitler. During the 30s, Nazi party members made up two thirds of the church attendance, where they also baptized their children.
Note, Hitler greatly admired Martin Luther (mentioned him in Mein Kampf), and considered him one of the "greatest reformers".

Religious services in the church took place until 2005 when loose tiles began to fall off making the church unsafe. Today, priests and parishioners work to raise money to save the church.

The photos below show a few of the Nazi icons.

Inside the entrance hall of the church hangs a chandelier in the shape of an iron cross, complete with oak leaves (the symbol of courage in battle).

Closeup of Jesus with a Nazi soldier.

Stone carving on arch surrounding chancel of Martin Luther Memorial Church.

Baptismal front with carving of Hitler holding an stormtrooper hat.


Close-up showing Christ thorns, and a helmeted soldier.


Wooden frieze carved into the side of the pulpit depicting Jesus standing next to a Nazi soldier and Aryan women and children.

Luthertag [Luther Day] Commemorative Badge

Commemorative badge for Germany's Martin Luther Day - 10th November 1933

Strictly speaking not a Nazi award but, nevertheless, the Nazis took an active hand in preparing the celebrations. Broad segments of the Nazi Party participated in Luther Day across Germany. Wilhelm Frick proposed that 10 November - the actual date of Luther's birth - should represent an official holiday, to celebrate "the work of the German Reformation" and serve as a lively echo in all German Protestantism, indeed directed far across Germany's borders.


German Lutheran Church Gazette honoring Hitler

Translated below:

 German Deacons' Gazette
MAGAZINE FOR MALE DEACONS
Organ of the German Deacons

One is your Master, Christ, but ye are all brethren

 26th Year

 April 1939

 Nr. 4


 

 (Hitler Portrait)
 
Heil to the Führer of all Germans!



Note the cross symbol on the upper-right corner. The Diakonisches Werk (run by the Lutheran Church) still uses the symbol. See their website here for proof.


The great Jewish physicist, Albert Einstein, who himself barely escaped annihilation at Nazi hands, made the point well in 1944 when he said:

"Being a lover of freedom, when the Nazi revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, but the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, but they, like the universities were silenced in a few short weeks. Then I looked to individual writers . . . . they too were mute. Only the Church," Einstein concluded, "stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. . . . I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel great affection and admiration . . . . and am forced thus to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly."


Citations


1. http://www.nobeliefs.com/mementoes.htm
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