Christians and Nazis
Responsibility for the Holocaust
100 CE, a Jew who is known to history by only one name, Barnabas, converted to
the new religion, Christianity. He then demanded that all Jews also convert.
When this was not achieved, Barnabas wrote a malicious diatribe against his
former co-religionists, denouncing Jews as hated by God, in league with the
devil, and all the other denunciations familiar to European Jews. What Barnabas
wrote then was repeated over and over again for centuries. When Martin Luther
(1485-1546) wrote his book “On the Jews and their Lies,” he repeated the
canards of Barnabas, as did the
German journalist Wilhelm Marr when he organized
the first “Anti-semitic Congress” in 1888 in Leipzig.
late as 1933, Hitler and his followers again repeated the anti-Jewish hate
tirades originating over the centuries from the pen of Barnabas.
apologists like to claim that the mass murder of six million Jews in Europe from
1933 to 1945 was caused because a. Hitler was crazy, b. because Germany lost the
First World War, and c. because
Germans suffered during the depression in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
these excuses are nonsense. Consider this: Early in the Nazi years in Germany
Hitler decided that physically and mentally disabled people were “worthless
lives.” Therefore German doctors sent the disabled population to the Gestapo,
or Secret Police, who pushed the disabled people into trucks whose exhaust was
connected by rubber hoses to the inside of the trucks. That allowed the drivers
to kill the people inside the trucks by sending the exhaust gas into the
interior of the trucks. When these measures became public knowledge, a Catholic
bishop denounced these killings in a sermon which he had duplicated and sent all
over Germany. That caused such an
uproar that Hitler became afraid of a public uprising against him, and he
ordered the end of this euthanasia.
a public uproar against the Nazi regime occurred in 1938, when Jewish men
married to Christian women were arrested and held in the Berlin headquarters of
the Gestapo for deportation to concentration camps.
of Christian women assembled in front of Gestapo headquarters and shouted their
demands for the release of their husbands. Fearing a public assault on his
power, Hitler ordered the release of the Jewish husbands of non-Jewish women.
we can conclude that the German people had it in their power to rescue the
German Jews from deportation and murder. Yet, no such effort was ever attempted
on behalf of the German Jews. On the contrary. The Christian clergy blamed the
Jews for their murder on the grounds that God was sending His punishment for
Jewish refusal to convert to Christianity.
Hitler was not crazy. He acted on the grounds which he had learned as an altar
boy in his youth in Braunau and Linz,
caused the Holocaust and nothing can absolve those who committed the greatest
crime ever undertaken.