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March 6, 2011

Were the Nazis pagans?

Filed under: Germany — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:56 am

There is a common belief today that the Nazis were pagans, or “neo-pagans” or a “pagan cult.”  There were, in fact, several of the top Nazi leaders who professed to be pagans: Heinrich Himmler, Alfred Rosenberg, Reinhard Heydrich and Martin Borman, who was Hitler’s deputy.

Hitler was “born and raised” a Catholic, and as an adult, he never officially left the Catholic Church.  Hitler was a nominal Christian all his life, although not a “practicing Catholic.”  As a child, Hitler lived across the street from a Catholic church, and undoubtedly he got enough of the Catholic religion to last him the rest of his life.

Hitler lived in the yellow house across the street from the church in Leonding, Austria

Hitler’s childhood home, which is still standing, is located directly across the street from the Catholic church and cemetery in Leonding, Austria. It is the yellow house shown on the right in the photo above. Adolf Hitler’s baby brother Edmund and his parents are buried in the cemetery.

Holy water font used in the Catholic baptism of  Adolf Hitler

Hitler was baptized as an infant in the Catholic Church in Braunau am Inn in Austria. The photo above shows the font from which water was used in Hitler’s baptism. Austria was a Catholic country, and Hitler was too smart to break away from the church completely, which would have virtually eliminated his support from the German and Austrian people.

The leading pagan Nazi was Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, who is now  considered to have been the #2 man in Nazi Germany. Yet, paganism was never officially endorsed by the Nazi party, nor by Adolf Hitler.

A German Christian movement was started in Germany in 1932, even before Hitler came to power. The German Christians coined the term “Positive Christianity” which basically meant that the German Christians wanted all Jewish influence to be removed from the Christian faith.  The Old Testament was thrown out because it was all about the Jews and Jesus was claimed to be an Aryan, not a Jew.  The symbol of the German Christians was a cross with a swastika in the center. There were approximately 17,000 Protestant pastors in Germany back then and 3,000 of them joined the German Christians.

The Catholics had the Pope as the top authority in the Catholic Church, and Hitler wanted the German Protestants to also have a high authority.  That’s why Hitler consolidated all the Protestant churches into one church and then appointed Ludwig Müller, a Nazi and a member of the German Christians, as the first Reichsbishop in 1933. The first thing that Müller did was to forbid converted Jews to be Protestant ministers.  The Nazis did not want Judeo-Christianity to be the German religion.

Protestant pastors, who protested against the new rules concerning the Jews, and against the unification of the Protestants under the authority of a Reichsbishop, were frequently arrested.  This was the reason that Pastor Martin Neimoeller created the Pastor’s Emergency League.  Seven thousand German pastors joined the League, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The purpose of the League was to help the Pastors who had been fired or arrested; this amounted to treason in the eyes of the Nazis.

Niemoeller, Bonhoeffer and several other members of the Pastor’s Emergency League founded the Confessing Church at Barmen, Germany in 1934.  The Confessing Church was against “Positive Christianity” which did not include the Jews. Both Niemoeller and Bonhoeffer were later arrested and charged with treason.  A couple of years later, a new charge of treason was brought against Bonhoeffer, when it was learned that he had been involved in the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler.

A very important policy of Nazi Germany was called Gleichschaltung, a term that was coined in 1933 to mean that all German culture, religious practice, politics, and daily life should conform with Nazi ideology. This policy meant that there was total control of thought, belief, and practice in Germany and it was used to systematically eradicate all anti-Nazi elements after Hitler came to power.

Most people know that there were thousands of Catholic priests who were imprisoned at Dachau. But priests were not sent to Dachau just because they were priests. Catholics and Protestants alike were arrested as “enemies of the state” but only if they preached against the Nazi government or were involved in the Resistance movement.

There were around 20 million Catholics and 20,000 priests in Nazi Germany. The vast majority of the German clergymen and the German people, including the 40 million Protestants, went along with Hitler’s ideology and were not persecuted by the Nazis.

As I mentioned above, Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the elite German Army called the Schutzstaffel or SS, was the Nazi who is most associated with paganism today.  Himmler had a great interest in ancient German history and the occult. In 1933, when the Nazis came to power, Himmler began searching for a castle in the area where Hermann der Cherusker had fought a decisive battle against the Romans in the year 9 AD, saving the German people from being conquered; Hermann was a great hero because, as a result of winning this battle, the German tribes retained their culture and identity long after other tribes had been absorbed into the Roman Empire.

Himmler found the Wewelsburg Castle and made it into what is sometimes referred to today as Himmler’s Camelot.  The photo below shows the North Tower of the Wewelsburg Castle.  The grandiose plan, envisioned by Himmler, was for the axis of the North tower to be the “Center of the World,” or “Mittelpunkt der Welt” in German, after the “final victory” of Germany in World War II.

North Tower of the Wewelsburg Castle

The North Tower is the place where Himmler constructed the “General’s Hall” which was planned to be the final resting place of the top 12 German Generals in World War II.  The Generals Hall was never finished and it was never used by the SS generals; the reconstruction of the North tower was stopped in 1943 at the time that Germany first started losing to the Soviet Union in World War II, and all work had to be concentrated on winning the war.

The Generals Hall in the North Tower   Photo Credit:

Known as the Obergruppenführersaal in German, or the Hall of Supreme Generals in English, the room shown in the photo above is on the ground floor of the North tower; it was designed with 12 pillars arranged in a circle like Stonehenge in England. It was designed to be used as a ceremonial hall for the top 12 generals in the Schutzstaffel or SS, the elite army of Germany in World War II.

In the photo above, the dark green emblem on the gray-blue marble floor is called the Sun Wheel, or Sonnenrad in German. Since the end of World War II, this emblem has been known as the Black Sun Wheel.

Entrance to the “vault” in the basement of North Tower

The “vault” or “crypt” of the German Generals

In the center of the room, shown in the two photos above, is a bowl with a gas pipe embedded in the floor, where an eternal flame was supposed to be. There are 12 pedestals with wall niches where the ashes of the 12 top SS generals were to be placed when they died.

On the ceiling of the vault is a swastika, or Hakenkreutz in German. To the Nazis, the Hakenkreuz was “das Symbol des schaffenden, wirkenden Lebens” or “the symbol of the creating, acting life” in English. The Hakenkruetz was called the “Rasseabzeichen des Germanentums,” or the “race emblem of Germanism” in English. Today, the Hakenkreutz is banned in Germany and is considered, throughout the world, to be the universal symbol of evil.

In March 1945, when Himmler realized that the end of World War II was near, he ordered Heinz Macher to destroy the Wewelsburg castle so that the Allies would not be able to desecrate the site. When Macher and his company of 15 men ran out of explosives, they set the castle on fire. The castle was restored to its present condition after the war.

Hitler’s big complaint about Christianity was that the Christian religion put people at a disadvantage when dealing with others.  The Christian religion teaches “turn the other check” and “God loves the poor.”  Hitler thought that what Jesus taught was “un-German.”  He was a big fan of Nietzsche who coined the phrase “the splendid blond beasts” to describe the Germans. Nietzsche wrote about the Germans as übermenschen; Hitler referred to the Germans as the “Herrenvolk,” a concept that he got from Nietzsche.

Americans translate Herrenvolk as “the Master race,” and the British translate it as “the race of Lords,” as in the House of Lords.  Now the Nazi ideal of having strong German people is considered to be the ultimate evil.


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  2. Dude… look up the Kirchenkampf.

    Comment by Robert Freid — August 24, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    • I know what Kirchenkampf means, but I looked it up anyway. I found a nice essay at which seems to be someone’s Master’s thesis.

      I suggest that you look up Gleichschaltung which was Hitler’s idea about how all Germans should be the same in their thinking. This was in conflict with the ideas of men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

      I touched on some of this conflict when I blogged about Bonhoeffer at

      This quote sums up how Bonhoeffer’s idea of “the Church” differed from Hitler’s ideas:

      “For him, ideas and beliefs were nothing if they did not relate to the world of reality outside one’s mind. Indeed, his thoughts on the nature of the church would lead him into the ecumenical movement in Europe, causing him to link hands with Christians outside Germany, and therefore to see instantly the lie at the heart of the so-called of creation theology, which linked the idea of the church with the German Volk. This idea of a church defined by racial identity and blood — which the Nazis would violently push and so many Germans tragically embrace — was anathema to the idea of the universal church.”

      Comment by furtherglory — August 25, 2012 @ 9:05 am

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