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Papers Reveal Nazi Aim: End Christianity .
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/10/02 | Edward Colimore

Posted on 01/10/2002 9:53:22 AM PST by marshmallow

A Rutgers journal will put rare Nuremberg documents online. A plan to rout the church and install a Reich faith is shown.

Take over the churches from within, using party sympathizers. Discredit, jail or kill Christian leaders. And re-indoctrinate the congregants. Give them a new faith - in Germany's Third Reich.

More than a half-century ago, confidential U.S. government reports on the Nazi plans were prepared for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and will be available online for free starting tomorrow - some of them for the first time.

These rare documents - in their original form, some with handwritten scrawls across them - are part of an online legal journal published by students of the Rutgers University School of Law at Camden.

"When people think about the Holocaust, they think about the crimes against Jews, but here's a different perspective," said Julie Seltzer Mandel, a third-year law student who is editor of the Nuremberg Project for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion.

"A lot of people will say, 'I didn't realize that they were trying to convert Christians to a Nazi philosophy.' . . . They wanted to eliminate the Jews altogether, but they were also looking to eliminate Christianity."

Mandel said the journal would post new Nuremberg documents about every six months, along with commentary from scholars across the world, on its Web site at www.lawandreligion.com.

The material is part of the archives of Gen. William J. Donovan, who served as special assistant to the U.S. chief of counsel during the International Military Tribunal after World War II. The trials were convened to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes.

The first installment - a 120-page report titled "The Nazi Master Plan: The Persecution of the Christian Churches" - was prepared by the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA.

"Important leaders of the National Socialist party would have liked to meet this situation [church influence] by complete extirpation of Christianity and the substitution of a purely racial religion," said an OSS report in July 1945. "The best evidence now available as to the existence of an anti-Church plan is to be found in the systematic nature of the persecution itself.

"Different steps in that persecution, such as the campaign for the suppression of denominational and youth organizations, the campaign against denominational schools, the defamation campaign against the clergy, started on the same day in the whole area of the Reich . . . and were supported by the entire regimented press, by Nazi Party meetings, by traveling party speakers."

A second online journal posting - to be added in about six months - will spotlight a secret OSS document, "Miscellaneous Memoranda on War Criminals," about the efforts of various countries to bring Nazis to justice.

A third installment - to be included in the journal in a year - focuses on translated, confidential Nazi documents. A message sent during the Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass") pogrom of November 1938 is titled "Measures To Be Taken Against Jews Tonight." Authorities were given specific instructions: "Jewish shops and homes may be destroyed, but not looted. . . . Foreigners, even if Jewish, will not be molested."

Mandel, whose 80-year-old grandmother is a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, said that allowing the public access to such documentation is "phenomenal."

"Some of the papers will answer questions that scholars have been asking for years," said Mandel, 29, of Berlin Borough, Camden County. "What did we know? When did we know it?"

The documents are part of the collection of the Cornell University School of Law library, which has about 150 bound volumes of Nuremberg trial transcripts and materials. They are housed at the school and are being cataloged.

"Gen. Donovan kept extensive, detailed records of Nazi atrocities," said Mandel, who taught at Triton High School in Runnemede and at Shawnee High School in Medford, where she led a course on "Literature of the Holocaust."

She and other journal editors - Daniel Bahk, Christopher Elliott, Ross Enders and Jessica Platt - examined hundreds of documents at Cornell before choosing those to be posted on the journal site. "The project could not be published in a conventional journal without losing the international accessibility that it demands," said Rayman Solomon, dean of the School of Law. "This student initiative will make a significant contribution to legal history scholarship while being of great interest and importance to the general public, especially at this time in our history."

Greg Baxter, marketing editor of the journal and a third-year Rutgers law student, said the online project was "definitely pertinent in light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack" and Bush administration plans to hold a military tribunal to try the accused.

"The Nuremberg trials provide a framework for today's trials," said Baxter, 24, of Winslow, Camden County.


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KEYWORDS: christianlist; christianpersecutio; clashofcivilizatio
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1 posted on 01/10/2002 9:53:22 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow,Askel5, Free the USA, struwwelpeter,NewAmsterdam, Black Jade,Carry_Okie,jmp702,jjbro
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2 posted on 01/10/2002 9:57:18 AM PST by CommiesOut
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To: marshmallow
Seems now the US congress, the US senate, the US administation, and the USSC are trying to do likewise through the public school system.
3 posted on 01/10/2002 9:58:28 AM PST by Alas
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To: marshmallow
Papers Reveal Nazi Aim: End Christianity.

Same aim as Islam.

4 posted on 01/10/2002 10:01:27 AM PST by ppaul
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To: marshmallow
It sounds like the same plan that the Communist and Socialists have been doing with some of our American Churches for decades.
5 posted on 01/10/2002 10:02:45 AM PST by Fish out of Water
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To: marshmallow
". . . They wanted to eliminate the Jews altogether, but they were also looking to eliminate Christianity."

Shhhh! Don't say that! The Holocaust industry is going to be very disappointed to hear this.

6 posted on 01/10/2002 10:03:31 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: marshmallow
While we are all aware of the historical phenomenon of theocracies, religion is enemy No. 1 of any modern state, because religious people have inner freedom.
7 posted on 01/10/2002 10:04:15 AM PST by annalex
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To: marshmallow
What a coincidence. Isn't this similar to what Islamic Fundamentalists aim to do?
8 posted on 01/10/2002 10:05:11 AM PST by Destructor
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To: Destructor
Isn't this similar to what Islamic Fundamentalists aim to do?

Not to mention the World Council of Churches...

9 posted on 01/10/2002 10:06:52 AM PST by Ward Smythe
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To: marshmallow; *Christian_list; *Christian persecutio; *Clash of Civilizatio
listing.
10 posted on 01/10/2002 10:06:53 AM PST by denydenydeny
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To: marshmallow
Will this finally put to rest the standard lie that Nazism was a "Christian" movement out to exterminate Jews and others in the name of "Christianity"?

Some atheists and others are going to be very disappointed.

11 posted on 01/10/2002 10:09:06 AM PST by Campion
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To: marshmallow
Isn't this kind of old news?

From what I've read from several books about the Third Reich, the Nazis were strongly already heading away from Christianity anyway, especially with Adolf Hitler's strong obsession with the occult.

Why do you think there was considerable interest during the Nazi era to bring back the old Norse gods? Small wonder why Richard Wagner's Ring cycle of operas was so prominently publicized--and why Wagner's descendants are still trying to live it down.

12 posted on 01/10/2002 10:10:53 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: Campion,tonycavanagh,AGAviator
As a very compassionate person and good comrade I can feel their pain already.
Ughhh :(
13 posted on 01/10/2002 10:12:25 AM PST by CommiesOut
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To: marshmallow
The existence of these papers is not surprising to anyone who has read the history of the Nazi movement before the revisionists, the Pius X haters, and the Catholic-bashers got hold of it.

When Bismark decided to modernize Germany into a great power in 1870, one of his first actions was to attack the Catholic Church, which he saw as an incurable impediment to his plans. He put the Lutheran Church on the back burner, to be dealt with later.

With Hitler it was basically the same. Catholicism had to be destroyed. Maybe half the German Lutherans would have to be destroyed as well, but the other half might be coopted and twisted to his purposes.

Naziism was esentially pagan. Like most modern movements which are obsessed with power and control, it wanted to rule over nature and human nature through magic and science. It refused what Christianity advocates: to submit to God and take one's proper place within the nature that God created.

14 posted on 01/10/2002 10:12:48 AM PST by Cicero
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To: tribune7
ping
15 posted on 01/10/2002 10:14:28 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: marshmallow
"Important leaders of the National Socialist party would have liked to meet this situation [church influence] by complete extirpation of Christianity and the substitution of a purely racial religion...

Their names wouldn't happen to be Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, would they?
16 posted on 01/10/2002 10:15:56 AM PST by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: RayChuang88
From what I've read from several books about the Third Reich, the Nazis were strongly already heading away from Christianity anyway, especially with Adolf Hitler's strong obsession with the occult.

So are you saying that my new computer game "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" is historically acurate? /sarcasm
18 posted on 01/10/2002 10:16:24 AM PST by LetsRok
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To: The Documentary Lady
I can tell you this....MANY, MANY of hitler's targets were Orthodox Christians....he supported, aided and encouraged the nazis in Croatia and the muslims of Bosnia and the Albanian muslims in Kosovo to kill them, forcebly convert them or send them off to concentration camps all over the Balkans and Germany.

In fact, the Patriarch and hundreds of Serbian Orthodox Clergy were in concentration camps....many other clergy members including Nuns and Monks , were tortured, multilated and murdered.

19 posted on 01/10/2002 10:28:31 AM PST by crazykatz
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To: marshmallow
Gosh. A planned attack on Christianity by the Nazis!

It's a good thing we got rid of them. Such a thing never happened before and surely couldn't happen again!... could it?

20 posted on 01/10/2002 10:29:14 AM PST by Gritty
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