The Extensive Use by the Nazis
of Christian Symbols :



Why did the Nazis make so much use of Christian symbolism ?

This collection of images from the period of the Third Reich clearly demonstrate how closely identified the Nazi authorities of Germany were with Christianity :


[Pointing out a cross, a peasant mother instructs her children:]
        "Children, look there! The Man who hangs on the Cross was one of the greatest enemies of the Jews of all time. He knew the Jews in all their corruption and meanness... Because this Man knew the Jews, because He proclaimed the truth to the world, he had to die. Hence the Jews murdered Him. ...And in a similar way they have killed many others who had the courage to tell the truth about the Jews. Always remember these things, children. When you see the Cross, think of the terrible murder by the Jews on Golgotha."
  [Excerpt from Nazi children's book ends here]
       [Source, Jewish Virtual Library]

All of the Christian inspired symbols on this page are not conclusive proof by themselves that Hitler and the rest of the Nazi leaders had genuine affection for God and/or Christianity.  What I believe they do prove, however, is that these political leaders recognized the political reality of their time and place, namely that 98% of the people of Germany considered themselves "Christians", and that these leaders felt a need to use Christian symbolism to persuade their Christian population to embrace Nazism with enthusiasm.

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HitlerYouthCross.jpg NaziElectionPoster1932
NaziChristianWomen.jpg Mitgliedsabzeichen.jpg


Jesus, an Aryan family, and a German soldier adorn the pulpit
of the imposing Martin Luther Memorial Church,
established in the 1930's in Mariendorf (south Berlin)


The leadership of the "German Christian" Party

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HitlerWithMutterCross.jpg MothersCross.jpg
Churchattendance2.jpg FriedrichCoch.jpg
reviewing Nazi troops

In contrast to what these actual symbols of the times suggest, what evidence is there to support the romanticized view of many Roman Catholics of our time that their co-religionists of that period were heroic fighters against Nazism and victims along with the Jews of that regime? In the absence of any evidence, I submit that many base their conclusions on nothing but wishful thinking and on fiction such as the Hollywood movie, "Sound of Music". Instead of hearing the screams of Jewish victims throughout the land, what the devoutly Catholic Von Trapp family heard and sang about were beautiful mountains "alive with the sound of music". Why were this Catholic couple romanticized as heroes for escaping supposed persecution in Nazi Austria, while blissfully leaving behind all of the real victims of the Nazi regime, their Jewish neighbors?

If the Nazis weren't Christians in life,
why were they burried as such in death?


The Holy Family overseeing the Nazi cemetery below

One of the largest of Germany's war cemeteries, in La Cambe (Normandy) France

The Nazi military buried under crosses in the cemeteries above
viewed themselves as every bit as Christian as the Americans buried
under crosses in U.S. military cemeteries such as the one below.
The biggest difference between their cemeteries and ours
isn't the shape of their crosses, but the fact that - unlike ours -
they didn't allow for the star of David among their crosses.

For much more proof of how Roman Catholic the Nazi regime was, see :
How Catholic was Hitler? &
Roman Catholics in Nazi leadership roles

Also, see Oberammergau.html

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