Hitler Essay, Research Paper
ADOLF HITLER’S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND FANATICISM People often claim that Adolf Hitler believed in Atheism, Humanism, or that his religion involved ancient Nordic pagan mythology . None of this is true though. Although one of Hitler’s henchmen, Alfred Rosenberg , did undertake a campaign of Nordic mythological propaganda, Hitler and most of his men did not believe in it .Many American books, television documentaries, and Sunday sermons that preach of Hitler’s “evil” have eliminated Hitler’s god for their Christian audiences. One has only to read from his own writing to appreciate that his God equals the same God of the bible.Hitler held many beliefs which not only include God and Providence but also Fate, Social Darwinism, and politics . He spoke , unashamedly, about God, fanaticism, idealism, dogma, and the power of propaganda. Hitler always held strong faith in all his convictions . Hitler justified his fight for the German people and against Jews by using Godly and Biblical reasoning. One of his most revealing statements makes this quite clear: ” Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator:* by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.*”Although Hitler did not practice religion in a churchly sense, he certainly believed in the Bible’s God. He was raised as a Catholic and went to a Catholic school. Hitler’s anti-Semitism grew from his Christian education. Christian Germany in his time took for granted the belief that Jews held an inferior status to German Christians . Jewish hatred did not 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 hatred for 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 II. Hitler expressed a great admiration for Martin Luther. Hitler’s hate did not just spring from nowhere, he was influenced by many people including the school he went to ; his home; the Christian Social movement; Catholic priests; and the Prostant leader, Martin Luther. Hitler’s religious beliefs were very different from anything , it was a mixture of bits and pieces he’d picked up along the way.