Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Kirchenkampf: Hitler Was Determined to Diminish the Number of Catholic Schools

As an addendum to my posts on the Nazis' hostility to the Christian faith — proving that Adolf Hitler was no Christian and neither had nor wanted any ties to Christianity or any other organized religion — the International Herald Tribune carried the following item in its In Our Pages 75 Years Ago column:
1937 Hitler to Ban Church Schools
Acting in the face of a specific clause in the Reich-Vatican concordate which guarantees the existence of Catholic schools in Germany, the Nazi government, it was disclosed today [Jan. 26], is preparing a law under which attendance at non-denominational state schools would be compulsory for all German children. The law was considered at a special Cabinet meeting here today under the chairmanship of Chancellor Hitler, and it may be issued in connection with the celebration Saturday of the fourth anniversary of the Third Reich, although on this point there is no certainty. In pastoral letters read Sunday in Catholic churches throughout the Reich German bishops charged that the existing policy of the government in gradually diminishing the number of Church schools was an outright violation of the concordate and appealed to the faithful to resist these “illegal encroachments” of the state.
There is a word in German for the Nazi persecution of the Catholic Church: it is Kirchenkampf ("church struggle").

Adolf Hitler in Religious Surroundings: Is There Really Evidence That the Führer Was a Christian? — an in-depth, dispassionate look at the evidence brought by a couple of commentators claiming that Christianity was an integral part of Nazism…

• Worshipping Little Else But the Aryan Race, Hitler Abhorred the Christian Faith and Wanted to Replace Christmas with the Pagans' Yuletide

 • 卐mas Caroling: The Extremes Hitler Wanted to Go To in Order to Replace Christianity with the "Religion" of National Socialism