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March 8, 2015

Himmler’s Castle at Wewelsburg shown on TV documentary

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:11 pm
The North Tower of Wewelsburg castle

The North Tower of Wewelsburg castle

Today, I watched a TV show in which the history of the Nazis and the history of Wewelsburg Castle (according to the Jews) was shown. The word Wewelsburg was mispronounced. Click on the link  below to watch the show.

http://wn.com/wewelsburg_the_mystery_of_himmler%27s_castle

I visited Wewelsburg Castle several years ago and wrote about it on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/

One of the towers of the Wewelsburg castle

One of the towers of the Wewelsburg castle

The TV documentary was full of lies and half truths.

This page of my website shows the Generals Hall in the North Tower: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/WewelsburgCastle/SSGeneralsHall.html

The documentary ridiculed the SS for wanting German men to marry German women. It was not explained why the Germans did not want to mix German blood with Jewish blood.

SS man marries a German woman at Wewelsburg castle

SS man marries a German woman at Wewelsburg castle

 

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: http://www.usmbooks.com

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.

May 10, 2010

Witch trials in Germany — yesterday and today

In the 17th century, the town of Geseke in northwest Germany was famous for conducting witch trials. The town is known, even today, as Hexen-Geseke.  Hexen is the plural of Hexe, which means witch in German.

I was reminded of this when “littlegreyrabbit” posted a comment on my blog, in which he mentioned a German guy named Kevin Käther, who was sentenced on December 10, 2009 to one year and 8 months in prison for repeated “Incitement of the Masses” (Volksverhetzung) which is the crime of “Holocaust denial” in Germany.  This was Käther’s second sentence; one year was added to the  8-month sentence from his first trial.

Käther had committed a second crime of “Holocaust denial” by reading and submitting an evidentiary motion in his first trial.  Yes, you read that right: introducing evidence to prove your innocence in a “Holocaust denial” trial is a crime.   In other words, truth is no defense.

According to a blog post which you can read here, the Berlin District Court dropped the case because Käther wanted to ask questions of witnesses who were True Believers.  The questions were too embarrassing for the witnesses who would not answer them in court.

The ruins of the witches tower in Geseke, Germany

The photo above shows what is left of the Hexenturm or Witches Tower, where women accused of witchcraft were imprisoned in the 17th century. The tower was part of the Geseke town wall on the east side, which was torn down in 1830.

The photo below shows the steep stairs down to the small room in the sub-basement of the West tower at Wewelsburg Castle where the witches were tortured to force them to confess. In the top right hand corner is the judge’s loge where the judges observed the trial by torture.

The place where witches were tortured until they confessed

In today’s witch trials in Germany, the accused are not physically tortured and forced to confess, but they have no chance of being acquitted.  If you are accused of  “Holocaust denial” in Germany, your conviction and prison sentence is automatic, and if you try to offer evidence that you have been wrongly accused, you will be accused of more “Holocaust denial” and your sentence will be longer.  If your attorney tries to defend you in an “Holocaust denial” trial, he or she will also be accused of “Holocaust denial” and will be sentenced to prison.  Sylvia Stoltz, the attorney for Holocaust denier Germar Rudolf, was convicted of  “Holocaust denial” herself because she had the audacity to defend her client.  Rudolf is out of prison, but Sylvia is still behind bars.

Thankfully, Kevin Käther was sentenced to 20 months probation, not prison time, so if he keeps his mouth shut from now on, he will be a free man.

Käther brought this on himself by deliberately committing an act of “Holocaust denial” to test the laws of Germany.  Here is a quote from another web site which tells about his case:

Kevin’s crime consisted of sending compact discs (CDs) of Germar Rudolf’s proscribed book Lectures On the Holocaust to three judges in Berlin and then filing an official complaint against himself for violating Germany’s notorious censorship laws.

His purpose in doing this was to judicially determine, in a court trial, whether Rudolf’s factual conclusions are scientifically valid.

In the cover letter that he sent with the CDs, he stated that if empirical evidence proved the contents of Rudolf’s book to be inaccurate, he would accept his punishment without objection or appeal.

He wrote:

“Under the censorship laws of the Federal Republic, distribution and dissemination of this book is proscribed as ‘Denial of Holocaust.’ Germar Rudolf, the author of this book, was sentenced to a prison term for the commendable but criminal act of writing it. As a self-respecting German I have a patriotic obligation to publicize these lectures in our country… I realize that I will probably be indicted and convicted in a court of law for my action, and I accept that probability.

In the ensuing criminal trial, you will be required to testify as witnesses.

For this reason, you should familiarize yourselves with the factual contents of Rudolf’s book, applying old-fashioned German thoroughness.”

The indictment came immediately. In order to either prove or disprove the veracity of Rudolf’s book in a judicial framework, Kevin submitted over four thousand pages of empirical evidence during his trial, along with Rudolf’s Expert Report on the Alleged Gas Chambers of Auschwitz.

The above quote is from a Holocaust denial/neo-Nazi web site.  Warning: do not click on this link unless you want to be exposed to Holocaust denial, for which there is no cure.  You might end up in a dungeon in Germany, like the one pictured below.

Dungeon where witches were imprisoned at Wewelsburg Castle

Just kidding, folks.  I love Germany and the German people, even when  they torture witches and increase a prison sentence for offering evidence in a trial.

Wewelsburg Castle where witches were put into a dungeon

Notice the church steeple on the extreme left in the photo above. Heinrich Himmler, the head of all the Nazi concentration camps, blamed the Catholic Church for the persecution of women as witches. He wanted Germany to go back to the old pagan religion.

On the night of November 9th and 10th in 1938, there were 30,000 Jewish men in Germany rounded up by the Nazis and sent to the concentration camps at Sachsenhausen, Dachau and Buchenwald. In the village of Salzkotten, a few miles from Wewelsburg, there were 17 Jewish men arrested and taken to the dungeon at Wewelsburg where they were kept for a few days before being transferred to Buchenwald.

February 16, 2010

Jehovah’s Witnesses – mistreated by the Nazis?

Jehovah's Witnesses at the Niederhagen camp near Wewelsburg

The photo above appears on my web site on this page.

Under the photo, I wrote this sentence:

“Note that the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the photo above appear to have been well treated.”

Recently, I got an e-mail from a woman who claimed that I was wrong in saying that the prisoners in this photo look like they were well treated.  She claims that the photo was taken long after the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the photo had been released and had recovered from their torture and mistreatment at the hands of the Nazis.

It is possible that some of the Jehovah’s Witnesses from the Niederhagen camp kept their striped prison shirts and posed years later for a photo.  It is also possible that their prison shirts still fit them when they gained weight after being released.

There is nothing that indicates the date of the photo.  Most of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Niederhagen camp were over 40 years old when they were sent there. They were selected from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp because of their building skills.  The Niederhagen camp was set up to house prisoners who were working on restoring the  Wewelsburg castle.

North tower of Wewelsburg Castle

The following quote is from my own web page about the Jehovah’s Witnesses at Niederhagen concentration camp:

After several escape attempts by the German criminals at Niederhagen, they were replaced by Jehovah’s Witnesses, called “Bible students,” who were considered to be more trustworthy and not likely to escape. The Nazis called the Bible students “volunteer prisoners” because they could have been released at any time if they would only renounce their religion and join the German Army. Note that the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the photo above appear to have been well treated.

According to a book by Hans Hesse, entitled “Persecution and Resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the Nazi Regime,” published in 2001, there was a total of 306 Jehovah’s Witnesses sent to the Niederhagen-Wewelsburg camp and 19 of them died. Other sources say that there were 21 Jehovah’s Witnesses who died in the camp.

Hans Hesse attributed the low mortality rate among the Jehovah’s Witnesses to group cohesiveness and their willingness to help and support each other. By way of comparison, there were 903 German prisoners in other categories at Niederhagen-Wewelsburg and at least 357 of them died, according to Hans Hesse’s book.

Hans Hesse wrote that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were selected from prisoners at Sachsenhausen and Buchenwald for their professional skills in building construction. Although younger workers were preferred by the Nazis, 65% of the Jehovah’s Witnesses at Niederhagen-Wewelsburg were over 40 years of age, according to Hesse’s book.

Hermann Pister, the Commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp claimed in his testimony before the American Military Tribunal at Dachau that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were imprisoned “not for their religious convictions, but for their Communist tendencies.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses who were sent to the Niederhagen camp when they were over 40 years old could not have been imprisoned just because they refused to serve in the Army.  Could they have been arrested because of their “Communist tendencies?”

My e-mail correspondent also claimed that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were separated in the camps and were not allowed to live together.  So how did they support each other with “group cohesiveness” as Hans Hesse wrote?

In the early days at the Dachau concentration camp, visitors were brought to see the “model camp”  including some prison wardens from America.  According to a book written by Paul Berben, a former prisoner who wrote the official history of the camp, the visitors were always shown the barracks of the Jehovah’s Witnesses because they were the neatest and cleanest barracks of all.

Typically, the Jehovah’s Witnesses were given jobs in the homes of the SS officers because they were considered trustworthy.  In the movie “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” there is a scene where a Jewish doctor is peeling potatoes with a knife in the home of the Commandant of a camp that is supposed to be like Auschwitz.  There is no way that the Commandant of Auschwitz would have allowed a Jew to use a knife in his home, at least not while there were trustworthy Jehovah’s Witnesses available.

So what is the truth?  Were the Jehovah’s Witnesses mistreated by the Nazis or not?

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, there were 20,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany and during the Nazi years, around 10,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses, mostly from Germany, were imprisoned in concentration camps. The USHMM estimates that 2,500 to 5,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses died in the concentration camps or prisons; more than 200 men were tried by the German War Court and executed for refusing military service.

According to the USHMM:

“After 1939, small numbers of Witnesses from Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland (some of them refugees from Germany) were arrested and deported to Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and other concentration camps.”