Skip to comments."Open Letter to Hitler" (1932): Just change the names and date
Posted on 01/16/2009 3:08:42 PM PST by EternalVigilance
In a recent reading of Therese Neumann, Mystic-Stigmatist 1894-1964 I discovered the following letter that was included in the publication as an appendix and was startled to find glaring similarities to what is happening in our own day.
Im sure you will subconsciously start substituting names and date as you read the content. The excerpts below have been taken from the letter contained in the cited reference which was published by TAN Books and Publishers, Rockford, IL, 1987, and is used here with permission.
Historical note: Father Ingbert Naabs Open Letter to Hitler was published 20 March 1932 in Der Gerade Weg, (The Straight Way), and ultimately had a circulation of 20 million copies. Publication was prompted following the General Election on 13 March 1932 in which President Hindenburg had prevailed over Hitler whose Nazi party, the second largest, garnered 37% of the vote. A runoff election was then held in April 1932 in which the Nazis got 32% of the vote and which was subsequently followed by intrigue and collusion that eventually led to Hitler being appointed Chancellor on 30 Jan 1933.
Fr. Naab fled Germany via Switzerland and died at the monastery in France where he had entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin years earlier. Dr. Fritz Gerlich, prominent German journalist, took full responsibility for the article when he was arrested and died from being beaten to death at the Dachau concentration camp in July 1934.
Fr.Ingbert Naabs Open Letter to Hitler:
Dear Mr. Hitler: It is not my profession to make politics and I do not have political intentions in writing this letter. But your political activities have one side that is deeply intruding into the conscience, into responsibility before God .
You are surrounded by flattery wherever you go and the frenzy of enthusiasm surrounding you at your gatherings prevents you from having any thought about whether your work will pass muster before God; because you are of the opinion: Germany is on my side.
Your newspapers idolize you to a sickening degree. You are dubbed the Great Redeemer from Want.; You are yourself convinced of this, ascribing to your one and only personality all the attributes necessary to rebuild Germany. In the future you will need nothing at all by which to set your course.
Your will is meant to be the only maxim for Germany and your command the only signpost. Has your conscience at any time reminded you of what a degree of self-assessment this conviction represents? Who among your followers dares to destroy this belief?....Your whole entourage is one conscience-narcotic for you .
You and your press are stating: The Future Germany, The Elite of the Nation. There are indeed quite a number of idealists within your ranks who earnestly hope for everything good from you. These idealists do not know the true National Socialism, do not know what you are planning nor what you personally, or your agents, have negotiated.
Could you risk showing your cards?....does the mass of your adherers really know about your true program?.... You have instilled such blind trust in your personality into the idealists that they see you as a God-given prophet to whose mission one has to submit. Seldom has a human being demanded so much servility of spirit as yourself, the Herald of German Freedom. .
Who has voted for you?...Mr. Hitler, speaking between ourselves: what do you think of the Catholics who voted for you? Blind herd or voters, what?....
Who has voted for you? Those economically foundering. They hope for deliverance through you. The farmer facing PublicSale, the businessman seeing no way out. It cant get any worse, they say, for 7 years now Hindenburg has been at the helm and achieved nothing. Now well give Hitler a chance, and if he is no good either well get rid of him. The psychology of those facing ruin is like that, Mr. Hitler. Your election is for many the least desperate measure, but not the last! There remains Bolshevism .
Who has voted for you? Those people who due to suggestion believed in the inevitability of you becoming President .
Who has voted for you? The cowards who didnt want to lose their positions. Many people had already accommodated themselves to your rule, especially among those in state employment .
Who has voted for you? Position hunters and future party-book civil servants .
Who has voted for you? People trying to escape their financial responsibilities . There were people who defied their creditors with the message: I don pay anymore. Hitler is coming now and then I dont have to pay anything .But have you also considered the decline of morals passed on to the masses by these dubious speculations in a Third Reich?
Who has voted for you? A mass of unripe young people now you know nothing more important than to get just these unripe youngsters into harness .
I do not remonstrate on the political aspects I am appealing solely to your conscience. What do you say to the fact that your party promises all things to all men, even the most contradictory things. And why? What else but the lust for power .lying lips are an abomination to the Lord [Prov. 12:22] in the service of politics, too. And lies are shortlived. even when spoken by eloquent men.
Why dont you come out into the open? Isnt your reticence in religious questions one great deception of the masses?....
Mr. Hitler, the tearing apart of Germany, that is your fault, your conscience has to bear it. You want to unite people .
A possible civil war: that is your fault, your conscience has to bear it. You know you cannot grasp the helm legally in the near future. But your phalanges have been driven into such delusions that you are no longer able to keep them in a quiet mood .
Despoilment of the youth: that is your fault, your conscience has to bear it .And how radical will this youth indoctrinated by your ideas become when they find themselves betrayed? You know it yourself: from your ranks to Bolshevism is but a step. For many the mental attitude is already the same .
The confusion of moral principles: that is your fault, your conscience has to bear it .
.We are preaching not the gospel of hate but of love, towards you too. Love contains above all our duty to tell you the truth, however bitter. We do not hold with lies, and refute them just as sharply when used against you as when damaging someone else .
Mr. Hitler, do not forget your conscience!
Fr. Ingbert Naab, O.F.M. Cap.
(Edited by Michael Walsh)
- George Santayana
Excellent - excellent post.
Fascinating letter about the cult of Hitler.
Economic distress begets demagogues and dangerous ideologies.
And, in light of what is suggested, I'm glad you don't launch off into a defeatist dirge about how inevitable something awful is, absolutely.
No such thing is inevitable, no matter how close we come to it.
It’s eerily similar. We must pray for our country.
They had their Austrian usurper, we have our Kenyan one...
We helped to rescue them and defeat Hitler.....is there anyone that will do the same for us.....
Read it to an office worker. She said yep that's about right. Whoever wrote that is right on.
She even laughed about "Obama is coming now and then I dont have to pay anything" saying "I remember that lady!!"
Then I told her it was written in 1932 to Hitler. I just replaced the names.
She said quietly "oh my G_d"
People need to keep in mind that their leaders are human perhaps too human.
Any parallels are those suggested by your own mind. The author/editor simply asks you to think about it.
A bit of Googling led me to this:
I’m sure you can find most everything you need to verify the story by similar means:
I want to call you a coward for saying that but I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt and assume I misunderstood.
But the fact is you posted this for a reason, and that reason is strongly implied by your follow up post; and furthermore, the author (who, from the link, appears to be one "Eternal Vigilance," -- any relation -- doesn't ask you to think about it, he tells the reader that he will "subconsciously start substituting names and date as you read the content".
That bit about "any parallels are those suggested by your own mind" is untrue.
Sigh. Sometimes having manners is a thankless job.
Scary stuff. Thanks for posting.
It's incumbent on you to back up what you post, Pulitzer.
Anyone with integrity would get that.
You’re mistaken. The author is not “EternalVigilance.” If you follow the link you will see that the author/editor/commentator is Michael Walsh.
I simply thought the article to be so good that FReepers would enjoy sharing it.
Why are you bringing contention to this thread for no discernible good reason?
I asked a simple question in the most reasonable way. You reacted like a damp dog and the "contention" is all yours, turkey.
Thanks for the link. Cya.
You’re questioning my integrity because I don’t care to hold your hand while you type key words into Google?
The author of the article gave you a cite. That’s more than most writers these days will give you.
Why don’t you go find another thread to dump on.
You got that right.
Amazing letter. Makes us think. I’d like to know of his fate.
I went back and read of his fate.
So is the letter real or what? I can’t figure out what the back and forth in the thread is about.
Yes, it’s real.
Hitler had a mustache and wasn't even a German! Oh, wait...
Wow. The more things “Change,” the more they stay the same.
Let’s hope America has more Ingbert Naabs than Germany did.
Whatever became of Fr. Ingbert Naab?
Fr. Naab fled Germany via Switzerland and died at the monastery in France where he had entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin years earlier.
Thanks. Suppose I should have read the article, but all this excerpting...
Did Hitler ever receive the letter?
Dr. Fritz Gerlich, prominent German journalist, took full responsibility for the article when he was arrested and died from being beaten to death at the Dachau concentration camp in July 1934.
I'm thinking he did.
I visited Dachau in 1976. It was very creepy. The place was leveled after the war and there are stone pathways you walk around while looking at frames where the buildings used to stand, there’s a museum, a chapel, and one old building / crematoria. What’s the most creepy about it is the train to go out there from Munich is such a pleasant trip, scenic, you look at pretty cottages with flower boxes in the windows. Then you turn a corner, and there’s a death camp.
There was also a nunnery behind it. I’m not sure if it is still there.
The story of humanity.
I so want to re-post this elsewhere but even though the players can be documented there seems no other reference to the letter. My comment as of now is that megalomania is timeless.
Possibly available used book:
#55335 Vogl, Adalbert Albert THERES NEUMANN: MYSTIC AND STIGMATIST 1898---1962 [REVISED AND ENLARGED VERSION OF THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THERESE NEUMANN] Rockford, IL, Tan Books and Publishers Inc , Trade Paperback, First [revised and enlarged] edition [no statement of printing]. "The personal memories of a life-time family friend...particularly valuable for the original source material it contains on this famous 20th-century mystic and for its accoutns of Mr. Vogl's conversations and experiences with Theres, which are available nowhere else". Pictorial wrappers, 172 pages, illustrated [including a section of color photographs], appendix: Fr. Ingbert Naab's open letter to Hitler, petition for opening of the cause for Beatification of Therese Neumann. Near Fine copy. THERES NEUMANN BIOGRAPHY MYSTICS STIGMATA STIGMATISTS 1898 -1962 FATHER NABER ISBN 0-89555-241-8 For Sale $4.80
Fritz Gerlich (1883-1934) was a German journalist known for writing articles critical towards Adolf Hitler and the growing Nazi movement. After the Nazis seized power in Germany, they quickly decided to remove him. He was arrested on March 9, 1933 and brought to Dachau, where he was killed on July 1, 1934 during the Night of the Long Knives. After his death his wife recieved confirmation of her husband's death when he blood-spattered glasses were delivered to her home.
Hitler's brutality, contempt for human rights, warmongering, and elevation of force to a principle of political behaviour, were all castigated in Catholic publications of the early 1930s. One Catholic weekly above all, Der Gerade Weg, published in Munich under the editorship of Dr Fritz Gerlich-murdered in Dachau in 1934-and Fr. Ingbert Naab, kept up a relentless assault on Hitler, describing him in September 1932, at a time when, despite his open show of solidarity with five of his SA men who had been condemned to death for the brutal murder of a communist in Potempa, the Centre Party was involved in negotiations with the Nazis, as 'the incarnation of evil'.
This page about Naab is also translated,
After all, “the world wonders after him.”
He’s also much subtler than Hitler was.
Adolph overplayed his hand on the world stage with blatant pogroms and mass murder.
The Law Giver will not be so foolishly overt in his machinations.
Hitler hit *his* “frogs” with a hammer.
That One will just boil them slowly and silently.
I wonder if Stephen King can pull himself out of his madness long enough to realize that his “dark man” has finally, literally manifested?
That was a good one :)
I’ve seen death masks that resembled that poster.
do you have a copy of that you could post here please?