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Nazism as a Religious Movement

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Submitted by gerhard (Argentina), Jan 26, 2006 at 14:49

In his article of 25 January, Ali Safari observes that the current "Oriental totalitarianism" of Iran has distinct differences to "Occidental totalitarianism such as Nazism" mainly "in its strong religious overtone", implying that Nazism was not a religious movement.

The psychologist C J Jung, having evaluated Hitler during the 1930s, diagnosed him thus: "He belongs in the category of authentic wizards. His body does not suggest strength. He has in his eyes the expression of a prphet. His power is not absolutely political, it is magical. Hitler listens and obeys. The true leader is always one who is well led. The idea is confirmed by the word "Madhi", the Islamic Messiah, which translates to 'He who is well led'.

From Hitler's private table talks, particularly those recorded verbatim by Heinrich Heims, and from SS publications in the 1930s, it is clear that the underlying basis and aim of Nazism was religious. Professor Heinar Schilling, who wrote for the SS journal "Das Schwarze Korps", explained in his book "Germanisches Leben" (Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig 1936) that the swastika, a sun symbol, and the symbol of Nazism, was to herald a revival of the sun cult practised by the Aryan forebears in the Early Bronze Age. The Sonnenwendfeir ceremonies held at the solstices, in which thousands turned out to celebrate with huge bonfires and to worship at a pagan altar, both home and abroad, indicate the fervour with which these Nordic beliefs were held.

Hitler stated his objections to Christianity as being that "Jesus Christ was not divine, but simply a revolutionary, and all the promises he made in the New Testament are invalid." Christianity was simply a Jewish hoax for a political purpose. The truth of existence is Reincarnation, he asserted, and "Whoever does not see God in a tree or in all Nature, but only in a tabernacle, cannot know Him, that person cannot be truly pious." This is pure pantheism - God is IN everything, or perhaps God IS everything.

The attraction of National Socialist leaders for Islam is clear from other reports: Rudolf Hess, born in Alexandria, Egypt, always carried a copy of the Koran in his pocket and had dreams of spending the evening of his life in monastic contemplation of the texts: he had introduced Heinrich Himmler, another mystical thinker, to the Koran. The Waffen-SS eventually raised a number of Moslem divisions, and there was an Indian Legion stationed in France in which Moslems formed the majority.

A clue to the motivation behind Hitler's National Socialism and the present political activists of "the Orient" is that their totalitarian objectives are primarily religious in nature, and both share a common enemy upon whose ultimate destruction both are intent. In 1934, when Rudolf Hess made a radio broadcast swearing in the entire Nazi Party to Hitler in a mass spectacle, he proclaimed: "By this oath we again bind our lives to a man through whom - this is our belief - Superior Forces act in fulfillment of Destiny."

This was no mere rhetoric, it was a statement of creed. We have no means of knowing if it is true, but if it was, we can be fairly certain that what is currently brewing in the Middle East is a revival of the former idea, and there is nothing which can be done to stop War.

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