Nazism And Leftism

By Theodore Shoebat

We keep hearing from the Left of how akin conservatives are to Nazism, but with some knowledge in history, we find that if what these accusers want is ever fully established, we will end up in Nazism. We will get a utopian society in which the Bible is outlawed, and atheism, environmentalism, and Islamism, call the shots.

British political philosopher John Gray in his article Don’t Write Off Religion Just Yet stated:

atheism was – according to the founders of the Soviet state, and in fact – always an integral part of the Communist project. Despite the vehement denials of Dawkins and Hitchens, terror in Communist Russia – and Mao’s China – was also meant to bring about a utopian society in which religion would no longer exist.

If the left is correct, where are Hitler’s enforcements of prayer and teaching the Bible in classrooms? What we find in Nazi text books contradicts what the revisionists claim, even breaking all Ten Commandments:

“The teaching of mercy and love of one’s neighbor is foreign to the German race and the Sermon on the Mount is according to Nordic sentiment an ethic for cowards and idiots.” (1)

When it comes to the issue of Hitler’s spiritual views, he was far more interested in eastern and Nordic religions. Hitler described Confucius, Buddha, and Muhammad as providers of “spiritual sustenance.” (2)

Leftists are swift to point to Hitler’s Catholic upbringing, insisting that it must have geared the young lad toward his tyrannical tendencies. Yet today few dare to question Barack Hussein Obama’s Muslim upbringing for fear of the left’s dreaded stigma of Islamophobia.

Neither can leftists change or reform an ideology like Islam; they would never label it as ‘left-wing’ since the subconscious of many progressives recognize the destructive end-results of this ideology. They would rather classify Islam as being towards the right when in reality it has more in common with their dogma.

Islam, Nazism and Leftism all hate The Cross. For the Muslim, the true Jesus is prophesied to descend “amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the Cross.” (3) Hitler was not void of messianic aspiration; he was so messianic that in 1936, the Reich Church was founded. The Nazi church did not have the Christian Cross as its symbol but the swastika; the Bible was replaced by Mein Kampf which was laid on the altar next to a sword. Only invited Nazis were allowed to give sermons in a Reich Church.

The Nazis wished to replace Christianity with paganism. As the primary ideologue for Nazi philosophy, Alfred Rosenberg explains:

But today a new faith is awakening: the myth of the blood…Then in place of the Old Testament stories of cattle breeders and the exploitation of prostitutes, we shall have the Nordic sagas and fairy tales, at first simply recounted, later assuming the form of symbols.

(4)

Rosenberg also wrote that in the Nazi church the altars must have “nothing but Mein Kampf (to the German nation and therefore to God the most sacred book) and to the left of the altar a sword.”

Nazis were no crusaders, rather a crusade to replace Christianity: “the Christian Cross must be removed from all churches, cathedrals and chapels…and it must be superseded by the only unconquerable symbol, the swastika.” (5)

Rosenberg’s statement echoes Islam’s malig- nance for the church. The Mujahedeen Shura Council’s mission is to “destroy the cross and to slash the throats of those who believe in the cross.” (6)

According to Arab historian al-Waqidi, the prophet Muhammad had such “a repugnance to the form of the cross that he broke everything brought into his house with that figure upon it.” (7)

It is prophesied that the Islamic messiah, the Mahdi,

“will destroy the cross, kill the swine, revoke the capitation tax, and distribute goods in abundance. Property will be so vast that no one will accept it as charity.” (8)

What about Hitler’s other henchmen?

We shall discuss them throughout. Perhaps we can start with Martin Bormann, a leading Nazi official who was so close to Hitler that he named his eldest son “Adolf”, who became the godson of Hitler. What Bormann said did not resemble Jerry Falwell but more closely echoed more to the lines of atheist Richard Dawkins. Bormann described the Christian churches as having

long been aware that exact scientific knowledge poses a threat to their existence. Therefore, by means of such pseudo-sciences as theology, they take great pains to suppress or falsify scientific research…No one would know anything about Christianity if pastors had not crammed it down his throat in his childhood. (9)

Blaming Nazism on conservative Christians is inexcusable. Hitler was not even a capitalist:

We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions. (10)

In a 1931 interview, Hitler told an influential editor of a pro-business newspaper:

“I want everyone to keep what he has earned subject to the principle that the good of the community takes priority over that of the individual. But the State should retain control; every owner should feel himself to be an agent of the State… The Third Reich will always retain the right to control property owners.” (11)

No leftist would denounce such quotes for it does profess the main theme of the leftist creed. Of course, not all what Hitler said was ‘imperfect’. Yet it proves beyond doubt that Hitler was a die-hard leftist.

Progressives usually use the claim that when Hitler killed Com- munists, he did this in the name of conservatism. While his killing of communists is true, Hitler did not kill communists for their anti-Cap- italism. Neither did he hate the tenets of communism. When Time Magazine made Hitler “Man of The Year”, they explained Hitler’s socialist policies:

Most cruel joke of all, however, has been played by Hitler & Co. on those German capitalists and small businessmen who once backed National Socialism as a means of saving Germany’s bourgeois economic structure from radicalism. The Nazi credo that the individual belongs to the state also applies to business. Some businesses have been confiscated outright, on what amounts to a capital tax has been levied. Profits have been strictly controlled. Some idea of the increasing Governmental control and interference in business could be deduced from the fact that 80% of all building and 50% of all industrial orders in Germany originated last year withthe Government. Hard-pressed for food stuffs as well as funds, the Nazi regime has taken over large estates and in many instances collectivized agriculture, a procedure fundamentally similar to Russian Communism.” (12)

Hitler’s hating of communists is not all that dissimilar from what we see today – a war amongst terrorists with Hamas hating the P. L.O or Al-Qaeda hating Saudi religious leaders for not being puritanical enough. To Hitler, The Communist Party of Germany was not socialist enough. Hitler expounded:

Had communism really intended nothing more than a certain purification by eliminating isolated rotten elements from among the ranks of our so-called “upper ten thousand” or our equally worthless Philistines, one could have sat back quietly and looked on for a while. (13)

Hitler actually looked to the French revolution as an inspiration:

The appearance of a new and great idea was the secret of success in the French Revolution. The Russian Revolution owes its triumph to an idea. And it was only the idea that enabled Fascism triumphantly to subject a whole nation to a process of complete renovation. (14)

Before the Nazi youth was founded, a strong youth movement already existed in Germany. It began in the 1890s and was known as the Wandervögel, a male-only movement featuring a back-to-nature theme. Wandervögel members had an idealistic, romantic notion of the past, yearning for simpler days when people lived off the land. They rejected the modern, big city era and took a dim view of its predecessor, the industrial revolution, which had been started by their fathers and grandfathers. (15)

They found strict German schooling oppressive and rejected parental authority. They saw hypocrisy in politics and the social class system of Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany, which was based entirely on birth and accumulated wealth. Instead, they longed for a Jugendkultur, a culture of youth led by youth, in which they would be truly valued.

They wanted something greater to believe in instead of the Chris- tian values of their parents. They delighted in rediscovering nature without any modern conveniences, traveling on hikes and sleeping out under the stars. (16)

They sang pagan folk songs around bonfires. The lyrics of the campfire songs would probably make John Denver sing along:

Through distant lands I wander, a simple troubadour, and praise in word and music Great Nature’s majesty! (17)

The Wandervögel also developed a custom of greeting each other by saying “Heil.” Regardless of what some might say, the Hitler youth was founded based on the Wandervögel. It was in the Wandervögel “that the word ‘Fuehrer’ originated, with its meaning of blind obedience and devotion…And I shall never forget how in those early days we pronounced the word Gemeinschaft [‘community’] with a trembling throaty note of excite- ment, as though it hid a deep secret.” (18)

The Wandervögel did not have to go far to find like-minded intel- lects to reassure their ideas; they were inspired by the works of anti- Christian thinkers Friedrich Nietzsche, Goethe, Hermann Hesse and Eduard Baltzer. These writers were no Chestertons or C.S. Lewises – they did not see Jesus as their role model but some of the most leftist writers in history.

Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings influenced Hitler by writing that man has the ability of being an Übermensch or super-human, hailed Darwin’s “calm annihilation of the fairy-tale fable of the cre- ation of the World” and welcomed the support it supplied in his cam- paign for a “transvaluation of values” to overthrow the “morality of slaves.” In The Will to Power, Nietzsche posited his love for eugenics writing that

“society ought to prevent procreation: to this end, it may hold in readiness, without regard to descent, rank, or spirit, the most rigorous means of constraint, deprivation of freedom, in certain cir- cumstances castration.” (19)

But the Wandervögel’s book club didn’t stop at Nietzsche. They also read Goethe; a German poet, novelist, theorist, and homoerotic writer, who is said to be one of the giants of the literary world. He had a persistent dislike for the church, and characterized its history as a “hotchpotch of mistakes and violence.”

He wrote many melancholy and erotic books containing themes of homosexuality and suicide.
When Goethe was young he and his sister would recite a play- wright dialogue between Satan and Adramelech with Goethe being Satan. While at a barbershop with their father, “Adramelech had to lay his iron hands on Satan: my sister seized me with violence, and recited, softly enough, but with increasing passion: Give me thine aide, I entreat thee: I’ll worship thee if thou demandest.” (20)

Goethe had an admiration for Islam. As a young man Goethe wanted to study oriental studies having always admired the first travelers to Arabia. He was fascinated by it and read everything they pub- lished about their trips. At the time of his Divan Johann Goethe trained himself with the professors of oriental studies – Paulus, Lors- bach and Kosegarten – in reading and writing Arabic. In his Divan Goethe wrote:

If from Eternity the Koran be of that inquire I not. …That the Koran the Book of books must be, I hold as faith to duteous Moslems taught.

(21)

In another poem of the Divan Goethe writes: “If Islam mean submission to God’s will, May we all live in Islam, and all die.” (22)

He hated the Holy Trinity writing: “Jesus in silence His pure heart with thought of one sole God did fill; They who Himself to God con- vert Do outrage to His holy will. Mohammed also that which won His triumphs needs must seem as true – Through the idea of the One Alone did he the world subdue.” *Ibid*

Following the model of Muhammad, Goethe scorned the Cross: “This wholly modern foolery, Stick crossed on stick, and must I sing this in its cold rigidity?”

All of these historical facts behind Nazism’s roots leaves to one conclusion: they are many evil institutions, all with one goal: the destruction of Christianity.

Theodore Shoebat is the author of the book, For God or For Tyranny`

(1) Hans Hauptmann, Bolshevism in the Bible (Nazi textbook), 1937, quoted pp. 28, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer

(2) Islam and Eastern Religions, Jean Michel Angebert, The Occult and the Third Reich. Macmillan Publishing 1974, pp. 246

(3) Hadith vol. 3:656

(4) *Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the Twentieth Century, 1932, quoted pp. 6, The War Against God, edited by Carl Carmer*

(5) *The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer, pp. 240 in some editions, pp. 332 in others. Chapter headed “Triumph and Consolidation”, subsection “The Persecution of the Christian Churches”*

(6) *Iraq’s al-Qaida threatens to ‘destroy the cross’, By AP AND JPOST STAFF*

(7) *From al-Waqidi, “Dictionary of Islam” page 63*

(8) *Reported in Bukhari, Tirmidhi, and Musnad*

(9) *From Kirchliches Jahrbuch fur die evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, 1933-1944, pp. 470-472, quoted pp. 245-247, George L. Mosse, Nazi Culture: A Documentary History*

(10) *Speech of May 1, 1927. Quoted by Toland, 1976, pp. 306*

(11) *(Calic, Edouard, 1968)*

(12) *Time Magazine; January 2, 1939, San José State University – Department of Economics*

(13) *Schouenbaum, Hitler’s Social Revolution: Class and Status in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939(New York: Norton, 1980), pp. 19; Michael Burleigh, The Third Reich: A New History(New York: Hill and Wang, 2000), pp. 245.*

(14) *Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, trans. Ralph Manheim (repr., Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999), pp. 533.*

(15) *Kennedy, Gordon; Ryan, Kody (2003), Hippie Roots & The Perennial Subculture*’

(16) *The History Place, Hitler Youth, Beginnings*

(17) *Daisyfield Guitar Music About “Mit Sing und Sang”, German lyrics, by Ludolf Waldmann, English translation by Tom Potter*

(18) *(Hartshorne: 12)*

(19) *Eugenics apostle — What champions of evolutionist Darwin won’t mention, By Peter Quinn 3/8/2007 Commonweal Magazine: A Review of Religion, Politics and Culture

(20) *Autobiography By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe*

(21) *Goethe, West-Eastern Divan, TRANSLATED BY EDWARD DOWDEN*

(22) *Ibid*

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