Nazis and Atheists

It is often claimed that Hitler and Nazis in general were atheists. One important Nazi slogan was 'Kinder, Kirche, Kueche' ( Children, Church, Kitchen). Nazis used to award Iron Crosses for bravery.

Here is a picture of the belt-buckle that German soldiers wore. It says 'Gott mit uns' (God with us).

Gott mit uns

The Nazi Party was not an atheistic party.

Hitler was a creationist, at least as far as humans were concerned. We read for the night of 25 and 26 July 1942 in 'Hitler's Table Talk' 'From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us, that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump , as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today.'

And the entry for 27 February 1942 says 'Das, was der Mensch von dem Tier voraushat, der veilleicht wunderbarste Beweis fuer die Ueberlegenheit des Menschen ist, dass er begriffen hat, dass es eine Schoepferkraft geben muss.'

'That, which Man has over the animals, the probably most wonderful proof for the superiority of mankind is, that he has understood, that there must be a creative power.'

Hitler also said 'Die zehn Gebote sind Ordnungsgesetze, die absolut lobenswert sind.'

'The Ten Commandments are laws for order, which are totally praiseworthy.'

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Is there any evidence of persecution of Atheists by the Nazis?


Tony Zahra-Newman

Hitler did invade the Soviet Union, which was an atheist state.

Hitler detested atheism. He wrote 'In recent years things have gone so far that patriotic circles, in god-forsaken blindness of their religious strife, could not recognise the folly of their conduct even from the fact that atheist Marxist newspapers advocated the cause of one religious denomination or the other...' (Mein Kampf)

From the New York Times, May 14, 1993, page 2



Churches Establish Bureau to Win Back Worshippers

In Freethinkers Hall , which before the Nazi resurgence was the national headquarters of the German Freethinkers League, the Berlin Protestant church authorities have opened a bureau for advice to the public in church matters. Its chief object is to win back former churchgoers and assist those who have not previously belonged to any religious congregation in obtaining church membership.

The German Freethinkers League, which was swept away by the national revolution, was the largest of such organizations in Germany. It had about 500,000 members on Hitler's outlawing of atheistic and freethinking groups in Germany in the Spring of 1933, after the Enabling Act authorizing Hitler to rule by decree

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