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Gottgläubig: The Religion of the Blood
Introduction: German God-Believers
The historian Richard J Evans wrote that, by 1939, 95% of Germans still called themselves Protestant or Catholic, while 3.5% identified as "Gottgläubig" (lit. "believers in god"), a neo-pagan outlook on god beliefs, predominately based on pantheistic and deistic views. By the decree of the Reich Ministry of the Interior of 26 November 1936, this religious descriptor was officially recognized on government records. It was last recognized in the 1946 census of the French Occupation Zone.
Top far right: Gottgläubig is clearly printed alongside the groom's name. 'Catholic' alongside the bride's
Armin´s religion was written down as Gottgläubig on page 3.
- NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN WORKERS PARTY -
The Deputy of the Fuehrer
Brown House 5 April 1940 III/Dr. Kl-Pu
To the High Command of the Navy
Berlin W 35, Tirpitzufer 72/76
Subject: "Church Services" Your letter of 9 February 1940AMA/
M Wehr IIb B. Nr 896
In the opinion of the party the term "Church Service" cannot be objected to. I consider it fitting since it properly implies meetings arranged and organized by the churches.
Those Germans who are not members of a Christian Church may be offended by an announcement in a daily newspaper that only the members of the Christian confession are holding a "divine service". After the National Socialist State has created the conception "God-believing" [Gottglaubig] especially for those Germans who confess the belief in God and who have placed their lives in the "Service of God" -- without being members of a Christian confession -- it can no longer be justified to refer exclusively to the Services arranged by the Christian confessions as "Divine Services", even in the National Socialist dailies.
signed: M BORMANN (acting)
Jews in Germany May Not Register As ‘deists’
December 3, 1940
Jews in Germany who have left the Jewish religious community without having adopted the Protestant or Catholic faith and who do not consider themselves atheists must not register as deists (Gottglaeubige), according to a decision of the Reich Executive of the National Socialist Party published in the National Socialist Party Correspondence.
The term deists (Gottglaeubige), the announcement states, denotes exclusively a religious attitude particular to people of the German and kindred races. Any extension of this limit would be equivalent to an internationalization of the belief and would constitute an abuse which must be rejected by the Party Executive.
Jews unwilling to belong any longer to a specific religious community and at the same time declining to consider themselves atheists may give expression to this by stating that they are “not members of a religious community,” the announcement concludes.
Adolf Hitler: Gottgläubig
"Third, the image of the devout Bruckner as a ''visionary mystic'' was exploited after the breakdown of relations between Berlin and the Vatican in 1936. The National Socialists formulated a new religious confession, called ''God Believing'' (''Gottglaubig''), which recognized German nationalist identity as a religion in itself. Bruckner's symphonies were to be its sacred language, though his important religious works and, indeed, the very identity of Bruckner as Catholic had to be ignored. The symphonies, especially the slow movements, which surpassed even Schubert's heavenly lengths, were deemed a religious experience, and only those who shared the same blood and soil could fully comprehend the message.
So it is no coincidence that only hours after the Regensburg ceremony Hitler used the word ''Gottglaubig'' for the first time at a large political rally, cleverly connecting a National Socialist religion with German expansionism."
Adolf Hitler – Speech In Regensburg, June 6, 1937
"Generation after generation of our Volk will march on thus in our history, with this banner always in mind, this banner that places us under an obligation to our Volk, its honor, its freedom, and our community-to our truly National Socialist fraternity. They will then consider it only natural that this German Volk takes but the one path Providence has made it take by giving these people a common language. We, therefore, go our way into the future with the deepest belief in God (Gottglaubigkeit). Would all we have achieved been possible had Providence not helped us? I know that the fruits of human labor are hard-won and transitory if they are not blessed by the Omnipotent (Allmacht). Work such as ours which has received the blessings of the Omnipotent can never again be undone by mere mortals. As long as the pillars of the Movement hold this banner fast in their grip, there is not an enemy alive, no matter how powerful, who will ever be able to wrest it from our grasp."
Walhalla hall of fame Regensburg
Adolf Eichmann: Gottgläubiger
“Adolf Eichmann went to the gallows with great dignity. He had asked for a bottle of red wine and had drunk half of it. He refused the help of the Protestant minister the Reverend William Hull who offered to read the Bible with him: he had only two more hours to live and therefore no “time to waste.” He walked the fifty yards from his cell to the execution chamber calm and erect with his hands bound behind him. When the guards tied his ankles and knees he asked them to loosen the bonds so that he could stand straight. “I don’t need that ” he said when the black hood was offered him. He was in complete command of himself nay he was more: he was completely himself. Nothing could have demonstrated this more convincingly than the grotesque silliness of his last words. He began by stating emphatically that he was a Gottgläubiger to express in common Nazi fashion that he was no Christian and did not believe in life after death (sic). He then proceeded: “After a short while gentlemen we shall all meet again. Such is the fate of all men. Long live Germany long live Argentina long live Austria. I shall not forget them.”
― Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
Nazism Declared Above All Faiths
Wireless to the New York Times
Berlin, June 30. - A Sabbath radio broadcast to the youth of the nation, called "Hitler Youth Hour," contained today perhaps the most outspoken declaration of scorn for the established church and assertion of the supremacy of Nazism to all religions and other doctrines that the Hitler Youth has yet promulgated:
"We are not Godless; we are seekers of God. But we do not bow in respect before dogmas that are not God's work but human works created for practical purposes.
"We declare that our religion cannot be separated from our (Nazi) point of view. Our point of view is not something to consider for a few evenings. It includes and supersedes everything else. Our point of view absorbs professional interests, bodily activity and religion.
"Our God does not live in any printed letters. Our God goes seeking over the earth and helps us in our struggle."
Belief In Hitler Miracle.
Guardians of dogma believe in miracles. We also believe in the miracle that has come to pass in Germany. When Adolf Hitler created in two years out of a disunited and despised Germany a people that is regarded with respect by the nations God in His power and goodness is evident.
"As far as we are concerned everybody can pray where he pleases. We ask only, 'Are you with our Leader or do you want to have besides another Leader?' The remnants of the other point of view that still hang on in the hearts of our youth must be torn away."
The speaker's declaration under such official circumstances following the semi-pagan Summer solstice ceremonies attended by high state officials a week ago is evidently intended as a direct challenge to the stubborn opposition of the orthodox clergy to the principle of totalitarianism. Recent events in any case have convinced most Berlin leaders of the Christian cause that the state is determined to prove by force its thesis that Nazism is the ultimate gospel to which all other beliefs must be subordinated.
Christian Faith Subordinated.
The same situation reappeared today that was discovered in Air Minister Hermann Goering's startling speech on Hesselberg a week ago. The Hitler Youth broadcaster this morning seemed to have been unaware that he was subordinating the Christian religion to Nazism and endowing Reichsfuehrer Hitler and his ideas with a transcendental and religious significance that would place 'Hitlerite revelation' above Christian revelation so far as Nazi enthusiasts were concerned.
Heinrich Himmler, commander-in-chief of the Hitler Special Guards and head of the secret political police, speaking at Goslar today, informed a meeting of agriculture experts that the regime now had a gospel mission spiritually superior to all other matters.
"Our duty," he said, "Is to spread knowledge of the race and life of our people and to impress the doctrine of race on the heart of every German, even the youngest, as gospel, as our German gospel."
The leaders of the Protestant opposition to the introduction of Nazism into the government of the Christian church are now fully aware of the importance of the government's recent decree placing decisions as to the legality of the Nazi Reich Bishop's actions in the hands of an executive commission in the Reich Ministry and the Interior. They frankly admit that this amounts to nothing less than arbitrary annulment of the constitution and legal rights of the Reich Evangelical Church by the Reich Bishop in the Autumn of 1933 by which he was elected to office.
MIT BRENNENDER SORGE
Edith Stein, a Jewish convert to Catholicism wrote the Pope, which resulted in an Encyclical called Mit Benender Sorge. It was one of the strongest condemnations of any national regime that the Holy See ever published. It condemned not only the persecution of the Church in Germany, but also the Neo-paganism of National-Socialism. The Pope wrote:
7. Whoever identifies, by pantheistic confusion, God and the universe, by either lowering God to the dimensions of the world, or raising the world to the dimensions of God, is not a believer in God. Whoever follows that so-called pre-Christian Germanic conception of substituting a dark and impersonal destiny for the personal God, denies thereby the Wisdom and Providence of God who "Reacheth from end to end mightily, and ordereth all things sweetly" (Wisdom viii. 1). Neither is he a believer in God.
8. Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community - however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things - whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.
11. None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race, God, the Creator of the universe, King and Legislator of all nations before whose immensity they are "as a drop of a bucket" (Isaiah xI, 15).
13. We thank you, Venerable Brethren, your priests and Faithful, who have persisted in their Christian duty and in the defence of God's rights in the teeth of an aggressive paganism. Our gratitude, warmer still and admiring, goes out to those who, in fulfilment of their duty, have been deemed worthy of sacrifice and suffering for the love of God.
The National Socialist Heresy
"The racial theory which is the centre of the National Socialist heresy contains both nationalist and vitalist elements. It has been correctly termed a vitalistic pantheism. National Socialism still retains the belief in God. But he is not the transcendent God of Christian revelation, awful in His holiness, the God from whom the world fell away, and Who came to seek it in love. The God who figures in National Socialist writings, and whom Adolf Hitler still invokes, is nothing more than a vague spirit pervading the world and lending his divine sanction to all that the German nation and their leader, whom he chose for them, may think fit to do. This God is emptied of all his qualities of power and holiness, and therefore constitutes no serious challenge to the human soul."
THE Nazi Philosophy of Life
"We can therefore agree that the Nazi creed is essentially a pantheist vitalism. The God to which Nazis refer so often is not the transcendent creator of a world wholly other than Himself, but the life of the cosmic organism. And this life flowers in the Nordic people whose purest and supreme representative is Nazi Germany, and above all its semi-divine Fuhrer. Hence the unbounded devotion to the State and its head. No other allegiance can be admitted."
The God That Is Ourselves
"I believe in our own divinity when millions of Germans are leagued around one Leader, I know God to be in the force (Kraft) of our blood alone."
(Profession of faith of the group "Volkische Aktion", February, 1937.
"Gottestum im Volkstum" (Divinity manifested in racial-national essence)
PROFESSOR H. SCHWARZ
Note: While the authenticity of the 'Hitler Speaks' by Hermann Rauschning cannot entirely be relied upon, (it is considered a fabrication for the most part), the following quotes are fully congruent with the ideology of National Socialism. Hermann Rauschning himself was a Christian conservative who briefly joined the NSDAP and left after discovering the movement was anything but Christian or conservative.
Chapter IV AntiChrist, Hitler Speaks by Rauschning Hermann
"The religions are all alike, no matter what they call themselves. They have no future - certainly none for the Germans. Fascism, if it likes, may come to terms with the Church. So shall I. Why not? That will not prevent me from tearing up Christianity root and branch, and annihilating it in Germany. The German is serious in everything he undertakes. He wants to be either a Christian or a heathen. He cannot be both. For our people it is decisive whether they acknowledge the Jewish Christ-creed with its effeminate pity-ethics, or a strong, heroic belief in God in Nature, God in our own people, in our destiny, in our blood."
"One is either a German or a Christian. You cannot be both... We don’t want people who keep one eye on the life in the hereafter. We need free men who feel and know that God is in themselves..."
"The peasant will be told what the Church has destroyed for them: the whole of the secret knowledge of Nature, of the divine, the shapeless, the daemonic. The peasant will learn to hate the Church on that basis… We shall wash off the Christian veneer and bring out a religion particular to our race."
"Yes, man has to be passed and surpassed. Nietzsche did, it is true, realized something of this, in his way. He went so far as to recognize the superman as a new biological variety. But he was not too sure of it. Man is becoming God—that is the simple fact. Man is God in the making."
"Those who see in National Socialism nothing more than a political movement know scarcely anything of it. It is more even than a religion: it is the will to create mankind anew."
In 1937, Goebbels noted Hitler's approval of anti-Christian propaganda and the show trials of clergy. Hitler's impatience with the churches, wrote Kershaw, "prompted frequent outbursts of hostility. In early 1937 he was declaring that 'Christianity was ripe for destruction', and that the Churches must yield to the "primacy of the state", railing against any compromise with "the most horrible institution imaginable".
In his entry for 29 April 1941, Goebbels noted long discussions about the Vatican and Christianity, and wrote: "The Fuhrer is a fierce opponent of all that humbug".
In 1939, Goebbels wrote that the Fuhrer knew that he would "have to get around to a conflict between church and state" but that in the meantime "The best way to deal with the churches is to claim to be a 'positive Christian'."
The Goebbels Diaries also remark on this policy. Goebbels wrote on 29 April 1941 that though Hitler was "a fierce opponent" of the Vatican and Christianity, "he forbids me to leave the church. For tactical reasons."
"Man has discovered in Nature the wonderful notion of that almighty being whose law he worships..."
"Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things."
"Fundamentally in everyone there is the feeling for this almighty, which we call 'God' (that is to say, the dominion of natural laws throughout the whole universe). The priests, who have always succeeded in exploiting this feeling, threaten punishments for the man who refuses to accept the creed they impose.
We do not want to educate anyone in atheism...."
"The man who lives in communion with Nature necessarily finds himself in opposition to the Churches. And that's why they're heading for ruin — for science is bound to win."
" I merely call attention to the fact that one cannot escape this world entirely. The elements of which our body is made belong to the cycle of Nature; and as for our soul, it's possible that it might return to limbo, until it gets an opportunity to reincarnate itself."
..."By what would you have me replace the Christians' picture of the Beyond? What comes naturally to mankind is the sense of eternity, and that sense is at the bottom of every man. The soul and the mind migrate, just as the body returns to Nature. Thus life is eternally reborn from life. As for the 'why' of all that, I feel no need to rack my brains on the subject. The soul is unplumbable...."
..."One may ask whether the disappearance of Christianity would entail the disappearance of belief in God. That's not to be desired. The notion of divinity gives most men the opportunity to concretize the feeling they have of supernatural realities. Why should we destroy this wonderful power they have of incarnating the feeling for the divine that is within them?... "
..."When one says that God provokes the lightning, that's true in a sense; but what is certain is that God does not direct the thunderbolt, as the Church claims. The Church's explanation of natural phenomena is an abuse, for the Church has ulterior interests. True piety is the characteristic of the being who is aware of his weakness and ignorance. Whoever sees God only in an oak or in a tabernacle, instead of seeing Him everywhere, is not truly pious..."
“By their [Bormann, Goebbels, etc.] work and loyal companionship they will remain as close to me after my death as I hope my spirit will continue to dwell among them and accompany them always.”
Adolf Hitler's Final Political Testament
Minister Tells Of Eichmann Struggle: Interview
"What was the God that Eichmann believed in? According to Hull, Eichmann said he saw God in Nature and the order of the universe and that God isn't the kind who will punish one for his sins but will give only love. He also believed that the soul would be literally born at death to some higher degree of existence...
It was during the same interview that Eichmann also said, "I do not believe in Satan. There is no Satan."
Hull: You say that your way is a new way.
Eichmann: No, no, it is an old way. In the old days people worshipped Nature, the stars, the moon, etc., but only now is it being publicized in books.
...What I see in Nature is the handwriting of God, but the Bible is written by man.
Hull: What do you mean by Nature?
Eichmann: "I will give you an example. The most important thing is the soul, not the body. (Just what we had tried to indicate to him, but from the standpoint of judgment.)
My thinking up to this point is based on this modern thought of God in Nature in conflict with the teaching of the Bible. It is my belief that I will live on earth as long as my body exists, and after the death of my body my soul lives on forever. What we understand as death is nothing but the setting free of the soul. The soul is alive within the body but not free; it is bound by the body until released by death. The most important thing for man is his soul. What we believe is reflected in our life while living. In the cosmos everything is in order. The creator and leader of the cosmos is God, according to my belief. The soul is born after the body dies (later discussions indicated that he did not mean "birth"; he meant "release" or "to be set free"), and according to my belief of the laws of the cosmos it is blended with all other souls and becomes a small part of the whole. Everything I have said I believe, but anything else which is not supported by the cosmos belief does not interest me. That is what I am trying to say.
"Man as a species is still young; our entire universe is not yet old. There is still egoism, envy, bad instincts. But these are being ground away in the process of development and are being replaced by charity, peace and joy. Some philosophers—" so I went on—"think that later more perfect generations may even move on from the love of their neighbors to love of those farthest away as a goal of ethics. War and destruction will disappear through man's development toward goodness and become relics of a dark past. Surely," so I went on in my letter, "it must be our task to struggle against our lower instincts, because the sum of innumerable thoughts of generations shape the reality." "Furthermore I wrote to my brother, "One is certainly justified in asking oneself, what is the good of all this; what is the higher sense of our lives; what is right and what is justice?
What is the meaning of all these transcendent conceptions such as honor, fidelity, right and so on? And as seen from a lower point of view, it can really drive one to despair." Then, in effect, I told my brother all the things I told you on the previous pages. I added that my inner ego is the total of all the experiences and thoughts of my ancestors, plus my own small experience. This is my thinking, the spiritual part of me. That is the truly human—the uniqueness. From generation to generation it becomes more perfect. Our former animal instincts will disappear by our own efforts within ourselves. But human development toward perfection must be measured not in generations but in aeons. I am just a small part of the total; only a small link in an endlessly long chain. I have the task to pass on with love and care that which has been entrusted to me (the spiritual values) so that it will continue to develop toward perfection. The eternal track of love carries this on, according to the will of the Creator. This for me is the higher sense of my existence as a human being. In my conception God, because of his almightiness, is not a punisher, not an angry God, but rather an all-embracing God in whose order I have been placed. And his order (fate) regulates everything. All being and becoming—including me—is subject to this order. Thus I have tried, very briefly, to answer your questions one and two.
Hull:. "On what do you base your hope for a future life after death?"
Even the human body consists of only matter and energy. The spirit within me, my inner being, are my thoughts and my feelings. In my opinion these are energy. According to the law of Nature, no energy will be lost. Matter is subjected to an eternal change; energy may be changed. There is no fixed being, there is no rest, there is no nothingness; (there is also no "death") "Everything is in flux," said the ancient and say the modern philosophers. The end of the human being is the birth of the soul. This is a logical development toward further perfection, it is only an other, further step in the development of being. This form of development must, according to my logic (in regard to the natural law) gradually lead to a form higher than the human being. For me this is another manifestation of the greatness of the divine creative will.
If someone should come back from the "beyond" to give us a report on the world of the souls it would cause mankind to commit suicide. Doubtless man is the first step in the development of the soul, a divine order of creation. Who will prove to me that it is not so? I believe in my conception. And thereby I have answered your question number three on which my hope for a future life is based. Again this is only a sketch. (However, I would like to amend your question concerning the word "hope" and to put instead the definitive word "conception" or "belief.")
Summary of Eichmann's faith:
1. He believes that there is a God. All Nature and the order of the universe prove this to him.
2. He believes that God is absolutely kind and loving.
3. He believes that man is in a process of improvement which will finally result in a perfect man. Animal instincts will disappear as man labors toward perfection.
4. He believes that God is not a God of judgment and punishment, but only of love.
5. He believes that God orders and regulates all things (he calls it fate) and thus he (Eichmann) submits to this.
6. He believes that death is a release of the soul and that this is only another step in the individual's development. He compares the release of the soul with the release of the child's body at birth. Arms, legs, and other members which were of no use prior to birth become available for use after birth. Thus the soul develops after the death of the body.
A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler
His Life and Legend
Walter C. Langer
Office of Strategic Services
This is a very fundamental trait in Hitler's character structure. He does not think things out in a logical and consistent fashion, gathering all available information pertinent to the problem, mapping out alternative courses of action and then weighing the evidence pro and con for each of them before reaching a decision. His mental processes operate in reverse. Instead of studying the problem as an intellectual would do he avoids it and occupies himself with other things until unconscious processes furnish him with a solution...
...His power and fascination in speaking lay almost wholly in his ability to sense what a given audience wanted to hear and then to manipulate his theme in such a way that he would arouse the emotions of the crowd. Strasser says of this talent:
"Hitler responds to the vibration of the human heart with the delicacy of a seismagraph... enabling him, with a certainty with which no conscious gift could endow him, to act as a loudspeaker proclaiming the most secret desires, the least permissible instincts, the sufferings and personal revolts of a whole nation..."
...Hitler's guide is something different entirely. It seems certain that Hitler believes that he has been sent Germany by Providence and that he has a particular mission to perform. He is probably not clear on the scope of this mission beyond the fact that he has been chosen to redeem the German people and reshape Europe. Just how this is to be accomplished is also rather vague in his mind, but this does not concern him greatly because an "inner voice" communicates to him the steps he is to take. This is the guide which leads him on his course with the precision and security of a sleep-walker.
"I carry out the commands that Providence has laid upon me."
"No power on earth can shake the German Reich now, Divine Providence has willed it that I carry through the fulfilment of the Germanic task."
"But if the voice speaks, then I know the time has come to act."
It is this firm conviction that he has a mission and is under the guidance and protection of Providence which is responsible in large part for the contagious effect he has had on the German people...
...It is not clear from the evidence whether the new State religion was part of Hitler's plan or whether developments were such that it became feasible. It is true that Rosenberg had long advocated such a move, but there is no evidence that Hitler was inclined to take such a drastic step until after he had come to power. It is possible that he felt he needed the power before he could initiate such a change, or it may be that his series of successes were so startling that the people spontaneously adopted a religious attitude towards him which made the move more or less obvious. In any case, he has accepted this God-like role without any hesitation or embarrassment.
White tells us that now when he is addressed with the salutation, "Heil Hitler, our Savior", he bows slightly at the compliment in the phrase - and believes it. (664) As time goes on, it becomes more and more certain that Hitler believes that he is really the "Chosen One" and that in his thinking he conceives of himself as a second Christ who has been sent to institute in the world a new system of values based on brutality and violence. He has fallen in love with [Page 15] the image of himself in this role and has surrounded himself with his own portraits...
...The origins of his belief in his mission and his longing for immortality. It was while he was in the hospital suffering from hysterical blindness and mutism that he had the vision that he would liberate the Germans from their bondage and make Germany great. It was this vision that set him on his present political career and which has had such a determining influence on the course of world events. More than anything else it was this vision that convinced him that he was chosen by Providence and that he had a great mission to perform. This is probably the most outstanding characteristic of Hitler's mature personality and it is this which guides him with the "precision of a sleepwalker..."
...Then, too, Hitler has reported several incidents during the war which proved to him that he was under Divine protection. The most startling of these is the following:
"I was eating my dinner in a trench with several comrades. Suddenly a voice seemed to be saying to me, 'Get up and go over there.' It was so clear and insistent that I obeyed automatically, as if it had been a military order. I rose at once to my feet and walked twenty yards along the trench carrying my dinner in its tin can with me. Then I sat down to go on eating, my mind being once more at rest. Hardly had I done so when a flash and deafening report came from the part of the trench I had just left. A stray shell had burst over the group in which I had been sitting, and every member of it was killed..."
...The problem is not important in itself at the moment except insofar as it may help to throw some light on the origins of Hitler's conviction in his mission and his belief that he is guided by some extra-natural power which communicates to him what he should and should not do under varying circumstances. This hypothesis is tenable in view of the fact that during his stay in Vienna, when still in his early twenties, he grew a beard and again directly after the war when he again grew a Christ-like beard. Then, too, when he was a student at the Benedictine school the Church and become an abbot or priest. All of these give some indication of a Messiah complex long before he had started on his meteoric career and become an open competitor of Christ for the affections of the German people...
...It was not long before the German people were prepared to take the short step of seeing Hitler, not as a man, but as a Messiah of Germany. Public meetings and particularly the Nuremberg took on a religious atmosphere. All the stagings were designed to create a supernatural and religious attitude and Hitler's entry was more befitting a god than a man. In Berlin one of the large art shops on Unter dean Linden exhibited a large portrait of Hitler in the center of its display window. Hitler's portrait was entirely surrounded as though by a halo, with various copies of a painting of Christ (High, 453). Notes appeared in the press to the effect that, "Als er sprach, hoerte man den Mantel Gottes durch den Saal rauschen!" Ziemar reports that on the side of a hill in Odenwald, conspicuous as a waterfall, painted on white canvas were the black words:
"We believe in Holy Germany
Holy Germany is Hitler!
We believe in Holy Hitler!!"
...A survey of all the evidence forces us to conclude that Hitler believes himself destined to become an Immortal Hitler, chosen by God to be the New Deliverer of Germany and the Founder of a new social order for the world. He firmly believes this and is certain that in spite of all the trials and tribulations through which he must pass he will finally attain that goal. The one condition is that he follow the dictates of the inner voice which have guided and protected him in the past.
Walter C. Langer
Office of Strategic Services
The Oath to Adolf Hitler
Speech by Rudolf Hess on 25 February 1934
"The Oath to Adolf Hitler Speech by Rudolf Hess on 25 February 1934. On 25 February 1934, about a million Nazi Party officials gathered at points around Germany to swear an oath to Adolf Hitler. This is an excerpt from the speech that Rudolf Hess gave on the occasion, which was broadcast to the nation."
“You take an oath to a man whom you know follows the laws of providence, which he obeys independently of the influence of earthly powers, who leads the German people rightly, and who will guide Germany’s fate. Through your oath you bind yourselves to a man who — that is our faith —was sent to us by higher powers. Do not seek Adolf Hitler with your mind. You will find him through the strength of your hearts!”
"Therefore I now declare once more: I swear by God the Almighty and Omniscient, that I will speak the pure truth, that I shall leave out nothing and add nothing. I ask the High Tribunal, therefore, to consider everything which I shall say from now on as under oath. Concerning my oath, I should also like to say that I am not a churchgoer; I have no spiritual relationship with the Church, but I am a deeply religious person. I am convinced that my belief in God is stronger than that of most other people. I ask the High Tribunal to give all the more weight to everything which I declare under oath, expressly calling God as my witness."
-Rudolf Hess Statement At The Nuremberg Trial
Note the lack of any Christian symbolism on the gravestone of Rudolf Hess.
Hitler's Forgotten Library: The Man, His Books, and His Search for God
"Among the numerous volumes dealing with the spiritual, the mystical, and the occult I found a typewritten manuscript that could well have served as a blueprint for Hitler's theology. This bound 230-page treatise is titled The Law of the World: The Coming Religion and was written by a Munich resident named Maximilian Riedel. During the first week of August 1939 the manuscript was hand-delivered to Anni Winter, Hitler's long time Munich housekeeper, with the request that it be passed to Hitler personally. An accompanying letter read,
Based on a new discovery I have been able to prove, with incontrovertible scientific evidence, the concept of the trinity of God as a natural law. One of the results of this discovery is, among other things, the seamless relationship between the terms: Truth-Law-Duty-Honor. In essence, the origins of all science, philosophy and religion. The significance of this discovery has led me to ask Frau Winter to hand to you personally the enclosed manuscript.
Heil mein Führer!
Riedel made a smart tactical move in delivering his manuscript to Hitler's Munich residence. Whereas at the Berghof, Hitler received hundreds of books, and at the Reich Chancellery all such correspondence went through secretaries' hands, in Munich the only filter was Hitler's housekeeper. Based on the marginalia, it seems that Hitler not only received the Riedel manuscript but also read it carefully with pencil in hand. Individual sentences and entire paragraphs are underlined, sometimes twice or even three times.
In this densely written treatise Riedel established the groundwork for his "new religion," replacing the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost with a new tripartite unity, the "Körper, Geist und Seele" -- "body, mind, and soul." Riedel argued that traditionally mankind has recognized five senses, which relate only to the physical aspects of our existence, and that this hinders our ability to perceive the true nature of our relationship to God and the universe. He offered seven additional "senses" that every human being possesses, which are related to the subjective perception of the world; among them Riedel included our inherent sense of what is right and wrong, our emotional sense of another person, our sense of self-preservation. On a two-page centerfold he illustrated his theory with a circular diagram in which various concepts -- "soul," "space," "reality," "present," "past," "possibility," "transformation," "culture," "afterlife," "humanity," "infinity" -- are connected by a spider web of lines. "The body, mind and soul do not belong to the individual, they belong to the universe," the author explained.
Riedel's "trinity" seems to have attracted Hitler's particular attention. A dense penciled line parallels the following passage: "The problem with being objective is that we use objective criteria as the basis for human understanding in general, which means that the objective criteria, that is, the rational criteria, end up serving as the basis for all human understanding, perception and decision-making." By using the five traditional senses to achieve this "objectivity," Riedel declared, human beings exclude the possibility of perceiving -- through the additional seven senses he identified -- the deeper forces of the world, and are thus unable to achieve that unity of body, mind, and soul. "The human mind never decides things on its own, it is the result of a discourse between the body and the soul," he claimed.
The sentence not only caught Hitler's attention -- beneath it is a thick line, and beside it in the margin are three parallel pencil marks -- but was echoed two years later in one of his monologues. "Mind and soul ultimately return to the collective being of the world," Hitler told some guests in December of 1941. "If there is a God, then he gives us not only life but also consciousness and awareness. If I live my life according to my God-given insights, then I cannot go wrong, and even if I do, I know I have acted in good faith."
As I sat in the rarefied seclusion of the Jefferson Building's second-floor reading room one day, listening to the muffled roar of traffic and the distant wail of police sirens in late-summer Washington, I attempted to comprehend the full significance of this sentence to which Hitler seems to have responded so emphatically. Back in 1943 Walter Langer had concluded -- correctly, to my mind -- that in order to understand Hitler one had to understand his profound belief in divine powers. But Hitler believed that the mortal and the divine were one and the same: that the God he was seeking was in fact himself."
Tripartite Unity: Body, Soul and Spirit
The source: Der Reichsführer SS/SS-Hauptamt, Rassenpolitik (Berlin, 1943))
"The 15th and 16th centuries during the Middle Ages were a period when the Nordic spirit found characteristic expression in the Copernicus’s teaching that the earth revolved around the sun. The earth, which formerly was thought to be the centre of the universe, became a small planet that was just as subject to the harmony of eternal laws as the course of the stars. The former world of appearances collapsed, and the Nordic spirit opened the door to a new scientific worldview. As a result of his revolutionary discovery, the worldview the Medieval Church had so successfully built to control people’s minds gradually fell apart over the following centuries. Today’s scientifically-based worldview freed us from the spiritual domination of the priesthood. We owe to it our great advances in technology, the sciences, and economics.
Today we are in the middle of another revolutionary epoch. Revolutionary scientific understandings of genetics and race have found political expression in the National Socialist worldview. Once again a world of appearances collapsed, which had concealed from our eyes the true nature of humanity and the connections between body, soul, and spirit.
The foundation of the Christian worldview is the doctrine of the separation of body and soul; the soul and spirit belong to a world independent of the physical, free of natural laws, and they are even to a certain degree able to free the human body from its natural setting. It is a major shift when racial theory recognizes the unity of body, soul and spirit and sees them as a whole that follows the eternal laws of Nature.
"Soul means race seen from within. And, conversely, race is the external side of a soul."
According to the religiosity of Gottgläubig the soul is God which lives and unfolds itself in Nature through the natural process of evolution.
The spirit is the individual self whose essence is eternal and unique.
The body is the vehicle that holds the spirit, and is connected to the race-soul which is God.
“The blood which died, begins to live. In its mystical sign the cells of the German Folkish soul renew themselves. Past and present suddenly appear in a new light, and for the future there results a new mission. History and the task of the future no longer signify the struggle of class against class or the conflict between one church dogma and another, but the settlement between blood and blood, race and race, Folk and Folk. And that means: the struggle of spiritual values against each other. However, the values of the racial soul, which stand as driving forces behind this new image of the world, have not yet become a living consciousness. Soul means race seen from within. And, conversely, race is the external side of a soul. To awaken the racial soul to life means to recognise its highest value, and, under its dominance, to allot to other values their organic position in the State, in art, and in religion.”
– Alfred Rosenberg, The Myth of the 20th Century
"This race-soul lives and unfolds itself in Nature. It awakens certain qualities and suppresses others. These forces of race, soul and Nature are the eternal prerequisites of existence and life, from which culture, belief, art, and so on, result as spiritual being. This is the final inward withdrawal, the new awakening Myth of our life.”
– Alfred Rosenberg, The Myth of the 20th Century
You carry in your blood the holy inheritance of your fathers and forefathers. You do not know those who have vanished in endless ranks into the darkness of the past. But they all live in you and walk in your blood upon the earth that consumed them in battle and toil and in which their bodies have long decayed. Your blood is therefore something holy. In it your parents gave you not only a body, but your nature. To deny your blood is to deny yourself. No one can change it. But each decides to grow the good that one has inherited and suppress the bad. Each is also given will and courage. You do not have only the right, but also the duty to pass your blood on to your children, for you are a member of the chain of generations that reaches from the past into eternity, and this link of the chain that you represent must do its part so that the chain is never broken. But if your blood has traits that will make your children unhappy and burdens to the state, then you have the heroic duty to be the last. The blood is the carrier of life. You carry in it the secret of creation itself. Your blood is holy, for in it God’s will lives.
The source: Helmut Stellrecht, Glauben und Handeln. Ein Bekenntnis der jungen Nation (Berlin: Zentralverlag der NSDAP., Franz Eher Nachf., 1943).
"Holy to us to be every mother of good blood," in the circle Lebensrune, the SS-mark and the initials HH for Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer SS and Chief of Police.
"In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work." (Mein Kampf pg. 496-497)
According to Hitler's own words in Mein Kampf, the swastika represents order and evolution [by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work,] as opposed to chaos and involution.
A Sanskrit scholar P. R. Sarkar in 1979 said that the deeper meaning of the word swastika is ‘Permanent Victory’ (Hail Victory!). He also said that as any symbol it can have positive and negative meaning depending on how it is drawn. So in Hinduism, the right-hand swastika is a symbol of the God Vishnu and the Sun, while the left-hand swastika is a symbol of Kali and Magic.
Hail Victory was the National-Socialist equivalent of Permanent Victory:
"in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man."
Permanent Victory is man's soul finally achieving immortality with God by escaping the reincarnation cycle through the natural process of evolution of body, mind and spirit.
There is a strong Hindu influence to the ideology of National-Socialism stemming from the Völkisch movement the NSDAP evolved from.
Berlin: left-hand swastikas showing. This is intentional and not an accident by design. The National-Socialist swastika represents evolution (order) and involution (chaos) in Nature just like its Hindu counterpart.
Note the initials of the artist! How Adolf Hitler drew opposing swastikas to depict the evolutionary forces of order and chaos.
Totenkopf (death head) - The totenkopf and crossed bones means Absolute obedience right to the death. 'Death Before Dishonour'!
Holy Swastika - The Sun sign: God, order, evolution and eternity.
Circle, Dual Sig runes and Tyrune - The dual sig rune was the symbol of the SS Schutzstaffel. Tyrune was the God of War. The circle is said to represent the cycle of divinity in Nature.
Hagal Rune - The Hagal rune was used to instil an inner strength in the German people so that they would be fearless.
Triangle and Sig rune - The Sig rune was German symbol for victory. The triangle suggests body, spirit and soul - Permanent Victory!
The Wikipedia link gives a different explanation to the meaning of the various runes on the SS-Ehrenring. I am convinced however the Sig rune inside a triangle represents Permanent Victory. Other online sources have suggested the triangle represents the cycle of life, birth-death-rebirth. As revealed in this article, official SS doctrine recognised Body, Spirit and Soul as a tripartite unity following the eternal laws of Nature.
"We will have to deal with Christianity in a tougher way than hitherto. We must settle accounts with this Christianity, this greatest of plagues that could have happened to us in our history, which has weakened us in every conflict. If our generation does not do it then it would I think drag on for a long time. We must overcome it within ourselves. Today at Heydrich's funeral I intentionally expressed in my oration from my deepest conviction a belief in God, a belief in fate, in the ancient one as I called him - that is the old Germanic word: Wralda.
We shall once again have to find a new scale of values for our people: the scale of the macrocosm and the microcosm, the starry sky above us and the world in us, the world that we see in the microscope. The essence of these megalomaniacs, these Christians who talk of men ruling this world, must stop and be put back in its proper proportion. Man is nothing special at all. He is an insignificant part of this earth. If a big thunderstorm comes, he can do nothing about it. He cannot even predict it. He has no idea how a fly is constructed - however unpleasant, it is a miracle - or how a blossom is constructed. He must once again look with deep reverence into this world. Then he will acquire the right sense of proportion about what is above us, about how we are woven into this cycle."
Speech to top leaders of the SS, June 9, 1942 Berlin
Source: Nazism; A History In Documents And Eyewitness Accounts, 1919 - 1945 by J. Noakes and G. Pridham Schocken Books Inc, New York, First American Edition 1990, Page 498
- Adolf Hitler – speech in Schwerin at the funeral of Wilhelm Gustloff , February 12, 1936
"My dear Party Comrade, your death is not in vain! Our dead have all come back to life. They are marching with us not only in spirit; they are alive, too. And one of those who will accompany us into the most distant future will be this dead man. May that be our sacred vow in this hour, that we wish to ensure that this dead man take his place in the ranks of our Volk’s immortal martyrs. From his death shall hence come forth life a millionfold for our Volk."
"In the ranks of those whose lives were thus sacrificed there stood also Horst Wessel, the singer who gave to the Movement its song, never dreaming that he would join those spirits who march and have marched with us."
"Now we bow our flags dear comrade!
But then the word will be - The flag on high!
And the flag will rise again from death on up to shining life!
And from it your spirit will rise from the grave,
will enter us, and march along within our ranks,
when, one day, we will assume power for the
brilliance and glory of the new Reich!"
"Horst-Wessel-Lied" (End of Hans Westmar)
Often ignored by historians and film critics alike, the following ceremony from the Triumph of the Will, involved an army of 52,000 workers from the Reichsarbeitsdienst, all equipped with shiny shovels, and all stood to attention in front of an eagle-eyed Adolf Hitler. Many of whom were sons of Germans that died in the Great War.
The purpose of the ritual was to symbolically raise their dead fathers from the beyond and to transform their blood sacrifice into the volk of the new Germany. The roll call of the great battles of the war was read aloud as Swastika flags lowered in respect, while individual members of the workers' army shouted out “Verdun!”, “Flanders!”, and “the Somme!' in deep reverence for the fallen martyrs. Then, suddenly, columns of Swastika banners were triumphantly held 'flag on high' to signify the soldiers had in fact overcome death and were alive, in spirit, within the German volk (Blood).
“Comrades, who died on the battleground.
You are not dead. You are alive.
You are Germany!”
9 November 1942
Memorial for the Movement’s Dead
“The Eternal Watch” in Munich is a symbol to us of this memory, and also a symbol of eternal life..."
Speaker 2: The Führer says :
"Truly these sixteen who fell have celebrated a resurrection unique in world history. The miracle is that from their sacrifice came Germany’s unity, the victory of a movement, of an idea, and the devotion of the entire people. All that we owe to these first men! If I had found no one then ready to risk his life, it would have been impossible to find them later. All the subsequent blood sacrifices were inspired by the sacrifice of these first men.
Therefore we raise them out of the darkness of forgetfulness and make them the center of attention of the German people forever.
For us they are not dead. This temple is no crypt, but an eternal watch. Here they stand for Germany, on guard for our people. Here they lie as true martyrs of our movement.
We celebrated this day each year in the past — not always in the same form during the years of persecution — and we are determined that it will be for all times a holiday for the German people. We do this not because sixteen men died. Thousands die daily, even more during an hour of war.
We do it because these sixteen men, with believing hearts, died in a way that helped the German people to rise again.”
Choral Oath from Bohme’s Cantata for the Ninth of November
"The dead of the 9th of November do not lie in dark graves with
sad salutes, but in a beautiful building, in a well-lit hall, under
God's free heaven, in brass sarcophagen, in which beat the heart
of our revolution . . .
We believe that these dead have found new life in us, and that
they will live for ever. The belief that our flag is holy: the belief
that the Creator has given us and them the strength for work and
for victory, and the belief in our sacred mission to which these
everlasting hours are dedicated, shows Germany her way forward.
We know that out of the inner experience of our movement . . . “
"He who has pledged, he who has taken the oath—whether in death he passes away—he continues to live in the earth (Reincarnation). He who has recognized himself through struggle—he who burns within himself, whether death touches him – he continues to live in blood." (Immortality with God).
The Dead of the Reich
As we think of the dead, those who followed the path of sacrifice for the Reich and through their sacrifice gained victory, the noise of the day fades and a conversation develops in which the dead speak to us. The dead of the Reich are not silent. They stand at our side in the business of the day, in the joy of battle, in the silence of the night. They come near to us and open their penetrating eyes if we are open in silence and awe to their message. They did not vanish into nothingness when they fell, but joined the German ancestry, and every ancestry is alive (Blood). A nation never develops unless sanctified by faith, and sacrifice seals that faith. And only when we are loyal and strong in our faith, ourselves willing to sacrifice, do the dead join our ranks, bless our flags, help bear Germany’s burdens. The example of service that they gave is a living example. It demands obedience.
The source: “Zum 9. November 1942. Gedenktag für die Gefallenen der Bewegung,” Die neue Gemeinschaft, 8 (September 1942), pp. 492-502.
The speaker at the ceremony called out the names of the martyrs in front of the assembled ranks who in turn all shouted “here!”. To signify the fallen martyrs were not dead but alive in spirit within the German volk (Blood).
Japanese Emperor Religion
The source: Albrecht Fürst von Urach, Das Geheimnis japanischer Kraft (Berlin: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1943).
“Death as such holds no terrors for the Japanese warrior. For the Japanese, death is not an end, but rather a stage in the eternal progression from ancestors to posterity. It is a door that is not the end, but the beginning. Death on the battlefield makes one a kind of god, a “Kami,” who does not dwell far from the living, but rather always and ever joins with millions of others to hold his protective hand over the Japanese nation and people. He defends their happiness and growth, and takes a living role in all the earthly affairs of the entire people. The fallen become divine, and remain close to the coming generations. They are honored by them daily and live on in the nation as models and defenders of coming generations.”
Honoring the Dead
“There is no more moving remembrance of the dead than the annual commemoration in recent years at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine for the heroes who fell for the fatherland. It is a nocturnal ceremony with no lights. Shinto priests call out the names of the fallen heroes so that they may join the pantheon of Japan’s heroes. It is as if the wings of those who died in the steppes of Mongolia, or the jungles of the Amur, or the plains of China and the tropic isles of the South Sea beat over the ranks of admirals and generals gathered to hear the priests of the national cult as they sing out their oaths in the spring night.”
Left: Japan expert, geopolitician and Deutsche Akademie President Karl Haushofer alongside Rudolf Hess. It is said that he emphasised the appropriateness of the Japanese Emperor Religion as a model for National Socialism.
“Hitler, wrote Speer, viewed Christianity as the wrong religion for the "Germanic temperament": Speer wrote that Hitler would say: "You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the fatherland as the highest good?"
Religious views of Adolf Hitler - Wikipedia
Cathedral of Light
During the events at the Cathedral of Light at the 1936 Nuremberg Party Rally the following oath was taken by all those in attendance:
We have come
For the good
And to renew the holy oath.
Blazing flames hold us together
May the times
Bring what they will,
We are a young people ever ready.
No one shall take this faith
From those who are dedicated to Germany.
When we pass on,
Something new will come
Today and forever more.
The Cathedral of Light was a large outdoor area that was used every year during the Nuremberg Party Rallies for a special night-time speech. Architect Albert Speer designed the "Cathedral" using spotlights to create an impression of space. What you see in the picture above is columns of light. The light was used in such a way as to create the sense that you were in a giant space that extended up into the heavens.
Olympia Berlin 1936 - Opening and Closing ceremony
Two solar ceremonies finishing with a spectacular night-time Sun.
The closing ceremony is simply spectacular. Spotlights encircling the Berlin stadium pointing to the heavens, each spotlight symbolically representing a competing nation at the games through clever artistic imagery by the film maker Leni Riefenstahl, creating a blazing night-time Sun. The religious symbolism is unmistakable: All is connected to God.
Goebbels Speech: Is It Pagan
New Meanings for “Inherited” Customs?
"We have no reason to forget that not long ago, the reigning pope called German Christmas customs 'pagan', and that the German bishops worked hard to change his opinion. They apparently saw these 'pagan customs' as most valuable psychological props. Since, however, the highest office called them a nonessential element of Catholic ritual, one cannot hold it against us if we rely on this judgment and keep these customs alive for the day when they fully and finally are eliminated from the church’s religious rituals."
The source: Hannes Kremer, “Neuwertung ‘überlieferter’ Brauchformen?”, in Die neue Gemeinschaft 3 (1937), pp. 3005 a-c.
“Thou shalt love God in all things, animals and plants.”
― Alfred Rosenberg
"We recognize that separating humanity from Nature, from the whole of life, leads to humankind’s own destruction and to the death of nations. Only through a re-integration of humanity into the whole of Nature can our people be made stronger. That is the fundamental point of the biological tasks of our age. Humankind alone is no longer the focus of thought, but rather life as a whole. This striving toward connectedness with the totality of life, with Nature itself, a Nature into which we are born, this is the deepest meaning and the true essence of National-Socialist thought."
Ernst Lehmann, Biologischer Wille. Wege und Ziele biologischer Arbeit im neuen Reich, München, 1934
The divine is powerful in its creatures. It dwells not in walls that people build. They may be witnesses of its will, but God is in the living.
Our ancestors went into the forests to find or to honor God. They greeted his light rising in the morning. That was more to them than a lamp in a man’s hand.
They stood on mountain tops because his greatest work, the starry sky, was nearest there, not covered by a roof of stone. The great spring flowing from the mountain was more genuine and nearer to God than anything that could flow from a bottle held by a human hand.
Who dares to say that they were not close to the living God? Other peoples may seek refuge in the stone walls of their cities or seek their God in caves. The true German senses God with holy fear in the life of creation. He prays to God by honoring his great works. Who dares to say that God is nearer to us in that which human beings have built?
The faith of our fathers remains strong in us. Still today the German wanders through his countryside and is moved by the beauty of the land God has given him. The summits of his mountains give freedom. He feels eternity amidst the sea. Flowing water is to him the image of eternal change.
He protects the forest and the tree and the bush as if they were his comrades. He loves the animals that are tortured and tormented in other countries. What to him is part of his household is elsewhere only a possession.
He sees and honors in everything God’s creation, in the holy earth, in the wandering wind, in the flickering flames, in which there is always change. Ever again we stand on the summits of the peaks and wave the torch and feel the magnificent and the ineffable. Who dares chide us because our eyes are open?
The source: Helmut Stellrecht, Glauben und Handeln. Ein Bekenntnis der jungen Nation (Berlin: Zentralverlag der NSDAP., Franz Eher Nachf., 1943).
Document 098-PS, in Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume III, US Government Printing Office, Washington DC: 1946, pp. 152-157.
NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN LABOR PARTY
Munich, 33, Brown house at present Berlin,
22 Feb 1940
Deputy of the Fuehrer Staff Leader
Mr. Reich leader Alfred Rosenberg
Berlin W 35 Margareten Str. 17
24 Feb 1940 rec. No. 555 copy AR and Urban St
Directions for the administration of classes in religion
"What, in my opinion, is therefore necessary is the preparation of a short directive about a National Socialist life formulation. We need for the work of education in the party, especially also in the Hitler Youth a short resume in which the ethical principles are documented, to respect which each German boy and girl, who at one time will be representatives of the National Socialistic Germany, must be educated. In such a directive for instance belongs the- law of bravery, the law against cowardness, the commandment of love for the soulful nature in which God makes himself apparent also in the animal and the plant."
/s/ M. Bormann
Forest as Volk:
Ewiger Wald and the Religion of Nature in the Third Reich
"The basic premise of the film rests on an analogy between the German people and the forest. The journey through German history becomes a journey through the German landscape. The final version of the film assembled these landscapes in an aestheticized version of mythic German history. A peaceful, often reverential, opening mood is set by seven minutes of musical accompaniment to scenes of forests progressing from summer to fall and winter. Most of these are angle shots positioning the unseen viewer below the trees, as if walking through the forest. Foreboding music and an avalanche interrupt tranquility, and are accompanied by the commanding voice of trained theater actor Günther Hadank resembling the timbre and cadence of Adolf Hitler’s oratory: “Those who do not fear winter’s blast can overcome death.” A joyful song and scenes of streams fed by melting snow, wildflowers, and budding trees immediately announce the coming of spring. A text then appears to open the story:
To those of you who come to find metaphor in the image
Which Nature tells you
In death and creation.
To the nation which is searching, fighting, and trying to
Build the eternal Reich
This song is dedicated.
Narration then accompanies a view of two, intertwined trees on the
horizon of a distant hill, with cloud cover and, ultimately, lightening
Eternal forest, eternal nation.
The tree lives like you and I.
It reaches for space like you and I.
Its death and creation are woven together in time.
The nation—like the forest—stands in eternity.
This is the film’s only reference to individual trees, and signals a shift in identification from the individual to the collective—the Volk. Eternity is to be found in the weaving together of trees (individuals) in a cycle of death and re-creation. Such imagery is pregnant with religious symbolism. The interweaving of trees, and individuals with trees, implies what van der Leeuw refers to as “conjoint growth” in which the “power” (mana) of a tree planted at the birth of a child imparted greatness. Only, in this case, individuals are symbolically “empowered” by identifying with the laws of life governing the forest, and ultimately with the nation."
Ewiger Wald Film 1936:
Animal Welfare in National-Socialist Germany
“The Führer is deeply religious, though completely anti-Christian. He views Christianity as a symptom of decay. Rightly so. It is a branch of the Jewish race. This can be seen in the similarity of their religious rites. Both (Judaism and Christianity) have no point of contact to the animal element, and thus, in the end they will be destroyed. The Fuhrer is a convinced vegetarian on principle.”
— Goebbels Diaries, 29 December 1939
"Do you know that your Führer is a vegetarian, and that he does not eat meat because of his general attitude toward life and his love for the world of animals? Do you know that your Führer is an exemplary friend of animals, and even as a chancellor, he is not separated from the animals he has kept for years? The Führer is an ardent opponent of any torture of animals, in particular vivisection, and has declared to terminate those conditions...thus fulfilling his role as the saviour of animals, from continuous and nameless torments and pain."
"The preoccupation with animal protection in Nazi Germany was evident in other social institutions and continued almost until the end of World War II. In 1934, the new government hosted an international conference on animal protection in Berlin. Over the speaker's podium, surrounded by enormous swastikas, were the words "Entire epochs of love will be needed to repay animals for their value and service" (Meyer 1975).
In 1936 the German Society for Animal Psychology was founded, and in 1938 animal protection was accepted as a subject to be studied in German public schools and universities."
"In 1942, when things were going badly for Germany on the eastern front against the Russians, a conversation took place between Hitler and Magda's companion, Eleonore Quandt – her former sister-in-law – that may surprise some readers of this review. It was an evening get-together to celebrate Goebbels' birthday, but the atmosphere at the gathering was gloomy. Eleonore had entered the room and had draped a silver fox fur over the arm of her chair, next to Hitler. Hitler looked at it and said, Tell me dear lady, do you realize that innocent animals are killed simply that you may wear this fur?
Ello Quandt replied that she did not find the fate of foxes excessively tragic. Hitler thought for a few seconds and replied. That's just what's wrong, that we no longer understand the tragedy of things. If only everybody realized that the destruction of only one life cannot be vindicated, so many things would be different and better."
“Among all civilized nations, Germany is thus the first to put an end to the cultural shame of vivisection! The New Germany not only frees man from the curse of materialism, sadism, and cultural Bolshevism, but gives the cruelly persecuted, tortured, and until now, wholly defenceless animals their rights. Animal friends and anti-vivisectionists of all states will joyfully welcome this action of the National Socialist government of the New Germany!
Buddha, the Great loving spirit of the East, says: “He who is kind-hearted to animals, heaven will protect!” May this blessing fulfil the leaders of the New Germany, who have done great things for animals”
Schopenhauer, animal rights, and anti-Semitism
Birth and Death
Birth and death are the same; they are the two sides of one door. To enter one room always means leaving another. It depends on which room or which life we are in as to whether we say “entrance” or “exit,” life or death.
For he who understands it, death holds no terrors. But he who did not go his proper way in life and sinned will see his guilt in death. But there is after death no place of torture, no hell. To see one’s guilt is the severest judgment and at the same time the greatest penalty.
Judgment and punishment are within yourself. Neglected work can only be made up by double effort. It will once more be your choice, either to work toward the world plan, or to be its enemy. That is the only death that there is, to become a force for destruction rather than for creation, and this death is not physical.
It is your free choice to decide on which side you belong, on God’s or, to use an old term, “the Devil’s.” What we call birth and death is only the door between two worlds. There is no birth and no death, only change, and we can go confidently through the door, for all the worlds were created by one hand.
The source:Helmut Stellrecht, Glauben und Handeln. Ein Bekenntnis der jungen Nation (Berlin: Zentralverlag der NSDAP., Franz Eher Nachf., 1943).
A People (Volk)
A people grows from God’s will. Woe to him who wishes to destroy the peoples and make people alike. God created the trees, the bushes, the weeds and the grass not so that they could merge into one species, but that each should exist in its own way. Just as a tree, a people grows as a living whole from similar roots, but becoming one, the strongest of its kind.
All of the same blood belong to it. A people knows no state boundaries. It is bound by the ties of blood that bind all the sons of a single mother. The German people is a nation of a hundred million. Each German belongs to it, no matter where he may live.
A people cannot be destroyed as long as its roots draw on the strength of the earth. Summer and winter may come and go. But it always blooms anew in indestructible life and perfects itself in the strength that rises from its roots towards God’s will.
What does it mean when an individual dies? It is as if the wind blows leaves from a tree. New ones grow eternally every spring. The peoples are the greatest and most noble creation of God on this earth. There is no institution in the world, no party and no church, that has the right to make them the same or to rob them of even the tiniest bit of their individuality.
Helmut Stellrecht, Glauben und Handeln. Ein Bekenntnis der jungen Nation (Berlin: Zentralverlag der NSDAP., Franz Eher Nachf., 1943).
New Religions and the Nazis By Rev Dr Ross Clifford
"The author Karla Poewe is not guilty of reductionism as she documents other factors such as an unwanted Weimar democracy and "the postwar punishment of the Treaty of Versailles", however her additional insights into the role played by "new religions" deserve serious consideration. This is not based on conspiracy theories or secondary sources, but rather a painstaking investigation of primary sources (letters, diaries, articles, conference papers etc.) of the German Faith movements over an eight year period."
"To be a people is the religion of our age."
Gottgläubig: The Religion of the Blood
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The holy Reich of the German soul.
"National Socialism absolutely places in the foreground of its programme a belief in God and that transcendental idealism which has been destined by Nature to bring to expression the racial soul of a nation."
- Joseph Goebbels
“What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfilment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe."
Mein Kampf Volume 1, Chapter 8
The holy Reich of the German soul
Let us then together follow the path to a new worldview. Let us go the path of blood and race, which does not ignore faith and knowledge and a sense of higher powers. Let us go this path, not a path of matter, superstition, and heresy, but rather a path of deep humility and piety before the laws of God. Let us go along this path together and listen to the deepest depths where blood and soul rule.
Let us draw from there the strength to build the state, and even more important the Reich. It will be a Reich not only of politics, a Reich of organization, or the economy, but a Reich of a people. Germany today has the fortune to find a new way, led by a great Führer. German women today have the good fortune to see a strong and loyal woman at their head. Let us together go forward, hand in hand, as befits comrades building the future, and let us join the strength of men and women, rooted deep in their blood, to build what the world has never before seen:
The holy Reich of the German soul!
The source: Dr. Groß, Nationalsozialistische Rassenpolitik. Eine Rede an die deutschen Frauen (Dessau, C. Dünnhaupt, 1934).
Gottgläubig: A Neo-Pagan Religiosity
Gottgläubig is a natural, panentheistic and pagan religion which expresses fundamental spiritual truths in a beautiful, profound and unaffected way. In contrast to the majority of other major religions which exist today, and which are all of Occidental or Eastern origin, Gottgläubig is not a religion of priests, ritual, and obedience to the words of some revealed book, as it does not have, nor need, Churches and Temples. Neither does it teach the renunciation of the physical world. Instead it seeks to change the physical world and make it a more spiritual, a more noble, place, believing as it does that this is the better way to develop individuals. Thus it is a positive, life-enhancing religion which expresses the conscious understanding, or wisdom, that we as a species have achieved through thousands of years of civilization. It makes us aware of what is numinous, or sacred, in a practical way consistent with our capacity to think - to behave and live in a civilized, higher, way.
The purpose of this religiosity is to free us - to reveal to us our unique evolutionary Destiny, as human beings. Other religions also tend to separate Nature from the spiritual, and deny the spiritual importance, and the numinosity, of natural creations such as human diversity. They thus are anti-evolutionary and deny the essence of our humanity because they do not recognize that all of Nature, and all that Nature has laboured to evolve, is sacred.
Basically, 'cosmology' - when applied to religion (rather than to astronomy) - means a particular explanation of the "whole scheme of things": with who we, as individuals are; with what our life means; how we came to be who we are, and how the cosmos itself came to be what it is. In the simple sense, a religious cosmology is a particular explanation of our place, as individuals, 'in the scheme of things'; with what is sacred, and what is profane.
The Cosmic Being
We as individuals are part of Nature, and Nature herself is understood as being an expression of the evolution of the cosmos as this evolution occurs on this particular planet of ours. The cosmos is beyond and above us - we are created by the cosmos, born because of the cosmos, just as when we die we return to the cosmos. Gottgläubigers understand the cosmos, and thus Nature, to be a type of Being - something alive which has existence, which changes, and which causes or brings about changes in those other types of Being which are part of the cosmos and thus part of Nature.
This type of Being which the cosmos is, is thus super-human, as it controls, or directs, or causes, the changes which we as individuals undergo or are subject to. However, according to this panentheistic religiosity, this type of Being which is the cosmos is not 'anthropomorphic' - that is, it is not viewed, understood or believed to be, 'of human form' - as conventional 'gods' or deities are anthropomorphic. Rather, it is a unique, suprahuman type of Being, which we as individuals can only know and understand by direct experience of it - it is beyond our power to describe or depict. At best, we can sense this Being; we can experience it; we can be aware of its numinosity, as sometimes we can feel it is actually 'present' or exists in certain physical things - particularly in aspects of Nature. For us, as human beings, this cosmic Being is most manifest in Nature. Thus Gottgläubigers hold Nature, and her creations, in respect. Gottgläubigers are thus pagans who revere Nature, as they accept that this Being which is the cosmos exists in us all, as individuals, because we are born from the cosmos and because we belong to the cosmos. It is the cosmos, and those aspects of the cosmos of which we are aware - such as Nature - which is divine. Essentially, for Gottgläubigers, divinity is the cosmos and the aspects of the cosmos.
The cosmos exists, as a unique type of Being, and this Being is made manifest in the creations of this Being. These creations are what results from change, or evolution. Thus in a fundamental sense, evolution (or change) and what results from it is how this Being exists and lives. The evolutionary creations of which we are aware (such as Nature) and of which we ourselves are a part, are thus, in a descriptive and simplistic sense, 'the body of the cosmic Being' - part of the very life of this Being. In a way, we human beings are the very essence of this suprapersonal Being because we are unique, on this planet, in possessing the faculty of 'Thought' - that is, we are, or can be, the consciousness of the cosmos itself.
It is the cosmos which controls our lives, because we are subject to the 'laws' or processes of the cosmos. It is the cosmos which gives us our Destiny, our Fate, as it is the cosmos which provides us with good fortune or with misfortune. We are who we are because of this Being, and the purpose of our lives is to discover who we are, act on the understanding this discovery brings, and live in such a way that we can appropriate more and more of the divine - that is, act in such a way that we enhance the life of this cosmic Being. Acting in a profane way means acting in a way detrimental or harmful to the life of this cosmic Being.
Thus we as individuals can harm or aid this Being. If we harm this Being, we are in effect only harming ourselves, and we will assuredly suffer because of it. There is no abstract 'morality' here - just a simple wisdom. If we aid this Being, we ourselves can evolve into higher beings, and thus fulfil the purpose of our individual existence. In respect of harming this Being, a simple analogy would be an individual who deliberately did things harmful to their own welfare and well-being - by doing such things, they are making themselves unhealthy. Instead of increasing their vitality and evolving further, they are at best merely existing, in a dumb animal sort of way, and at worst destroying their own lives. Thus do they harm themselves and the cosmic Being of which they are a part. They - or their descendants - will assuredly suffer the consequences of such unhealthy and harmful acts, just as a woman who smokes cigarettes while pregnant can harm her child.
To evolve, and thus aid the Being of the cosmos, we must respect what is of this Being. For our own species this means, at the present time - since we exist on this planet - respecting Nature, since Nature is how this Being is made manifest to us; Nature is how this Being 'works', or exists, here on this planet which we call 'Earth'. To continue to evolve - to continue to express our humanity - what Nature has produced must be nurtured and used as the foundation to create more human evolution. Anything other than this is anti-evolutionary, inhuman, and against Nature, and will assuredly undermine and then destroy our existence as a species.
Further evolution means a continuation of what Nature has produced - it means nurturing what Nature has produced so that there is more, and higher, development. This higher, or evolutionary, development by definition must be toward more diversity and difference. We must seek to nurture this diversity and difference, and not destroy it.
Those 'progressive' egalitarians whose actions and beliefs are destroying human diversity through anti-evolutionary ideologies such as cultural Marxism and consumer-globalism, arrogantly believe that a mere idea, a mere dogma, a mere belief is more powerful than Nature. These social engineers believe in their profane, foolish and immature arrogance that we, as a species, are somehow 'above Nature' and not subject to those forces and processes which all other living organisms are subject to. Furthermore, these profane people are trampling upon and destroying everything that is sacred, everything that is beautiful, and everything that is divine. If these profane policies finally triumph a bland uniformity will be created, what is special about us will be destroyed for aeons.
If we live in the correct way, and so evolve, in consciousness and health, we can transcend beyond what we are, in this physical world, and actually become a part of this suprapersonal Being. Thus will we live on, in another kind of time and space, after our own physical death, achieving Immortality.
Immortals transcend to become the cosmos itself; they become the awareness, or the consciousness, of the cosmos, of all creation. The individuality which they possessed in their mortal existence expands so that they become a part of the suprahuman Being which is the cosmos. Thus do they expand this Being, and make further evolution possible. Thus do they because of their life and their death, make further positive change, further creation, possible.
They exist as this new type of Being 'beyond the physical world', and beyond the individuality which they were. However, this does not mean that they become a 'heavenly' type of being living a tedious and boring and 'morally pure' disembodied existence. It means they have become, in a profound way it is difficult to conceptualize, the cosmos itself and the creations of the cosmos, such as Nature. These individuals become our present and our future - they become the substance which makes further evolution possible. In the simple sense, they become embodied in their Volk, in the soil and those aspects of Nature which allows this living cosmic Being composed of countless individual souls to survive and flourish. They thus exist in and become the living spirit or psyche of their people.
Thus, when mortals of a particular Volk who are living revere Nature; when they revere the soil, the homeland where they dwell; when they revere and honour what is best, excellent, beautiful and profound in specific individuals of their Volk; when they revere and respect and honour what is divine, then these living members of that Volk are revering, honouring and respecting those, such as their own ancestors, who because of their deeds, have 'passed-on' to become embodied in all these things. It is the spirit of these ancestors, of these other once mortal members of our Volk, who we can often sense in such things as these - and it is their spirit which is urging us, beyond words, to take care of, to nurture, and to further evolve such things as these.
To become and be an Immortal means to become and be a part of the numinous creations of the cosmos; it means a moving-on to become the cause, the genesis, of future evolution, future accessing of the divine. However, if we live in a harmful way - in a way which contradicts the basic processes or 'laws' of Nature - we cannot evolve, and thus lose the chance we have of achieving this Immortality, this 'becoming one' with the Being of the cosmos.
Gottgläubig: Order and Chaos
Since the cosmos is a unity, there should be no problem of evil in cosmology or 'theology'. What exists, is either evolutionary, or anti-evolutionary. Evolution is a change toward increased order. What is anti-evolutionary is a change toward disorder or chaos.
Evolution may be considered to be positive, and anti-evolution, negative, and while evolution and thus order is beneficial to us, as beings who exist on this planet in our particular solar system, it cannot exist without what we describe as its opposite. Order arises out of chaos, and it returns to chaos in a natural way. However, it has to be understood that in the cosmic sense there is no division - one is necessary for the other; one creates the other, or makes the change of the other possible. There is a fundamental dialectic involved in this process - order arises; this order declines over time with the intrusion of chaos; and from this decline, further order arises.
Fundamentally, evil, as an abstraction, does not exist. What does exist is chaos. Chaos can be described as the primal, or primitive, state of existence. Evolution, or order, arises from chaos, as it naturally returns to chaos over causal time, if there is no further creative, or evolutionary, input, or energy.
The 'cosmic Being' is a striving to create and maintain order from the natural chaos which exists and which would exist without this cosmic Being. The order or life which exists in our physical universe is an expression of the very life of this cosmic Being. We ourselves are this Being made manifest in our particular physical form, and we have evolved because of this cosmic Being. Over vast aeonic spans of time we have evolved consciousness.
Our consciousness is a means to maintain and increase order and thus intervene in the natural, unconscious, process of the dialectic of change. Consciousness gives us the ability to enhance order, and thus continue with the work of the cosmic Being. Fundamentally, civilization like evolution, express order - they expresses a higher form of existence.
We are inextricably bound with this cosmic Being; we are this Being, and we can either aid this Being, or harm it. The vitality, or essence, of this Being is the creative force, or energy, which produces order and which thus causes evolution. The existence, the health, the future change of this Being depends to some extent on us because we are the very eyes, the very consciousness of this Being. We are also its soul - we express the desire of this Being to continue with evolution; we are the desire of this Being to improve ourselves, to expand outwards into the universe and explore and discover and so increase the knowledge of this Being, bringing order to chaos.
We represent - or rather we should represent - order. Our unique Destiny as beings is to create order from chaos; to be creative, inventive, discovering, evolving beings. Furthermore, of our own species, we humans are special and unique because we have special qualities - we at present possess more of this divine Being than other creatures; we are more advanced; more capable of fulfilling the Destiny of this Being. Indeed, this Being has made us special and given us a unique Destiny - to civilize; to strive for excellence and so bring order to the cosmos itself. We have evolved, or been created, to do this. However, to create order, there must be struggle - a striving - for otherwise the natural entropy of chaos will bring about the decline of order and civilisation.
In a profound way, we as a species - a creative people - can make future evolution possible; we can keep the cosmic Being alive and so keep alive the possibility of future order. This requires us to quest for excellence, to struggle for order; to fight against chaos. Furthermore, it requires us to spread our civilizing message among other peoples. Were we to cease to quest, cease to strive for order, then chaos would return, with future evolution made impossible. Without us - without our kind, its qualities, its potential to strive, and its divine revelation - the cosmic Being would die. We, as a species, are special because we are the very essence of this Being. This brings us great gifts - but also great responsibilities.
For us as beings, what increases or enhances order are individual character and ideals. Character means an individual will being channelled by a noble instinct or a noble ideal, and the most fundamental means whereby order is enhanced in individuals is honour. Civilization - or order on a large scale - itself derives from honour; it is honour made manifest in a practical way; it is the creation of a society based on the noble ideals deriving from honour.
What is good is what is honourable; what is bad is what is dis-honourable. What is honourable creates or enhances order and evolution; what is bad undermines or destroys order and evolution.
In the abstract sense, what is 'true' and real is what is observed, or what is established by observation; what is known or discovered by reasoned observation. In the personal sense, what is 'true' is what is honourable; what is false is what is dis-honourable. Thus it is honourable to be truthful and honest; dis-honourable to be dishonest and lie.
By being honourable, by upholding noble ideals such as duty and loyalty, and by striving for excellence, an individual enhances the vitality, the life, of the cosmic Being itself - they uphold order, and participate in the evolution of the cosmos. Thus they are fulfilling that which they were born, or created, for. By being dishonourable and by ignoring duty and loyalty, a person is actively undermining order, and causing chaos - they are harming the cosmos itself.
A brief summary of how the Cosmic Being works in Nature:
1) Our universe is a dynamic whole governed by polarities, for every action has its equal and opposite reaction. Furthermore, every positive has its 'negative' aspect, and every negative has its 'positive' aspect.
2) That there exists an Eternal Creator, or 'God', and that this Being creates, or can create, order from chaos. Order is the very life of this Being. Order itself is a new, a better, more evolved, or more excellent, arrangement of things.
3) That organic life itself is an expression, or manifestation, of the order which the living God creates, and is thus an expression of the life, the spirit, of the Eternal Creator.
4) That change is a natural part of the evolution of order from chaos and that this, for organic life, involves the organic process of birth-life-death-renewal.
5) That death is not the final end of life, but the beginning of further change, a renewal of the cosmic order itself.
6) That what we call Nature is the Cosmic Being - the order created by this Being - made manifest on this planet we call Earth. The creative force, or energy, which is present in Nature, and which produces, and causes changes in, living things - including ourselves - is the Cosmic Being, living and evolving, that is, creating more order.
7) That we, as individuals, are the Cosmic Being - the very cosmos itself - made manifest. We sentient beings are the striving of the living God for more cosmic order.
8) That our evolution, as human beings, is an increase in the cosmic order and expresses the purpose, the life, or the will of the Eternal Creator. Thus the striving, or struggle, for order (or excellence) - for evolution toward higher forms - here on this planet, is how the Cosmic Being works in Nature, and is thus natural and necessary, for without it, there would be no order and no evolution toward higher forms.
9) That the Cosmic Being evolves, or functions, in us through honour (or fairness), through curiosity (or reason) and through struggle (or triumph of individual will).
Thus, an honourable individual is someone who is doing the will, or accomplishing the work, of the Eternal Creator.
10) That our universe is co-eternal with God. That God is not separate from the universe. There was no creation ex nihilo, only a becoming. God and universe are one.
11) That diversity and excellence of individual character express the will of this divine Being - of this Being working through Nature to bring more order, more diversity and more difference through evolution.
Thus, diversity is one way in which Cosmic Being is manifest to us, as human beings on this planet of ours. Diversity thus expresses the essence of our humanity - of what makes us human. To preserve, and to further evolve, each unique group of people is to act in accord with the will, the purpose, of the universe, while to undermine or seek to destroy diversity and difference is to act against the will of the Eternal Creator.
Gottgläubig: The Religion of the Blood
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