I have long suspected that Bill O’Reilly does not know the meaning of the German word “Angst.” He typically uses the word Angst when it is clear that he means “anger.”
On his show last night, Bill said “Angst” and Fox news anchor Megyn Kelly answered, using the word “anger,” making it clear that Bill meant anger when he used the word “Angst.”
But that was not the only mistake that Bill made on his TV show last night. He said something about Nazi Germany and religion. This morning, I searched and searched to find the exact quote, but couldn’t find it. Was that part of Bill’s commentary cut out of the transcript because someone on the Fox News staff recognized that Bill had made a mistake?
The gist of what Bill said about Hitler and Nazi Germany was that Hitler was against religion. That is not correct. Hitler was baptized a Catholic and he never apostatized, although he never went to church in his later years. Catholic priests were put into concentration camps, mostly at Dachau, but not because of their religion. Jews were “persecuted” but not because of race or religion.
This quote is from Wikipedia on the “National Socialist Program” [Nazi program]:
18.00 We demand struggle without consideration against those whose activity is injurious to the general interest. Common national criminals, usurers, profiteers and so forth are to be punished with death, without consideration of confession or race.
Here is another translation of Number 18 in the 25 points of the Nazi party:
18. We demand that ruthless war be waged against those who work to the injury of the common welfare. Traitors, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished with death, regardless of creed or race.
Hitler believed that the Jews were working to the injury of the common welfare because they were working for the interests of International Jewry, not for the interests of Germany. I explained all this in a previous post, which you can read here. I also wrote two previous posts about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which you can read here and here. Bonhoeffer was arrested because he was a traitor to his country, not because of his religion.