New Gospel of Blood, Strength and Germanity
by Arvid Fredborg, 1944
(a Swedish journalist in Berlin)
few years that uniform facade was created which has since presented
itself to the world as the Third Reich.
How this happened
cannot be explained without emphasizing that before Hitler's assumption
of power only a few had any conception of what Nazism really meant. Most
people looked upon it as a strong nationalist movement with an intensive
social philosophy which would, under the pressure of circumstances, soon
turn evolutionist and abandon its revolutionary ideas. Hitler and his
men managed in a masterly way to camouflage their real purpose during
the long years of advance towards power. Besides, Nazism only assumed
its definite character after 1933. It was the mentality of the leaders
which decided this character.
rightly predicted that Adolf Hitler and his men will go down in history
as the big nihilists. The Nazis tried to change the whole basis of the
life of the German nation. The German people were certainly secularized
to a large extent before Hitler came to power, and indifference towards
religion was rather on the increase than the reverse. Yet the ethical
basis of society was undoubtedly Christian, and even the religiously
indifferent were largely guided by norms common to Christian
Hitler tried to give
the German people a new religion. This was never frankly stated, nor did
it seem to represent an unbroken line in Nazi ideology. But, looking
back on Nazi policy throughout the last ten years, it appears obvious
that a large-scale effort was launched to curb the Christianity of the
German people as representing their last barricade against National
An attempt was made
to keep the youth away from the churches and give them something new to
believe in. Hitler has been said to consider himself a Messiah, and
worshipping his person in some quarters assumed the form of a real cult.
But this was only a superficial phenomenon. What was inoculated into the
German youth was rather Nature worship, a gospel of blood, strength and
About a year ago a
book appeared in Germany which, I think, is one of the most interesting
manifestations of this new religion, or rather this attempt to replace
Christianity with something else. Its title was Gott und Volk - God
and People - and was written by a young anonymous S.S. man.
"The object of
our faith," said the author,
is Germany, for whom
we cherish not the lukewarm half-hearted love which is being preached in
the churches, but a blind, fervent love which does not know of any
limits or any reservations. Our path to God does not pass through the
Bible and Jerusalem, it passes through Germany.
No reform of the
Church avails us. We desire a faith growing out of the depths of the
German essence, the German heart. A faith which suits Germans as the
Teutoburger Forest, the North Sea, and the silent heath.
The German religion
shall be soldierly. The fronts are clear. The one is called Christ, the
other is Germany....
The issue to-day is not to weaken Catholicism in order to strengthen
Protestantism. The issue is to replace a religion which is alien to our
nature, with a faith born in the depths of the German soul.
Christianity is an
artificial religion, a cleverly and cold calculated invention by the
priests who prey on the stupidity and innocence of man. He who fights
for the existence of the German Reich has the duty of rooting out the
religious creeds, not faith in God. Our task is to cast out all foreign
trash, to put an end to the dream of of the paradise of the angels and
to return to earth. Whether we call the Ultimate God, Light, Providence,
or Original Power makes no difference. The essential thing is that we do
not say Judah, nor Rome, but Germany.
We want no reward in
the shape of a life without sorrow after death.
liberalistic, Jewish mercenariness. No! Work, fight, and believe in your
people! Do not ask for reward, not care about your life. Ask: How can I
serve my people?
recognizes the divine laws and the laws of Nature as a revelation and
lets life and faith be guided by them. We must listen to the language of
Nature, to the Genuine and original. We Germans have been called upon by
destiny to be the first to break with Christianity. That will be our
We do not want to
indulge in hairsplitting about God. He is, was, and will be eternally.
We believe in the God, the origin of all reality, the secrecy of all
life who reveals Himself in the eternal generation and extinction in
nature. We do not derive our faith from books or empty commands. We
create it out of daily life, out of the experience of people and
history, out of race and blood, out of the earth of our native place.
pain-wracked figure of the Crucified must go. Our heroes must carry
swords in their hands, not a cross on their backs. We have respect for
Christ. But we do not love him, and do not want him as our leader.
be a soldiers goal. 'Pagan' is therefore a title of honour. Besides, it
is the same to us whether we be called heretics or pagans if only we are
good Germans. If we are to have a creed it should be: "I believe in
the strong God and in Germany."
Our attitude must be
heroic, forthright, and brave. For only the hero vanquishes the world.
The humble avoids it. Love, therefore, must not determine our lives. We
need stern laws, for life is stern. The soldier does not go to heaven.
He is a sinner. But he becomes one with the immortality of his people.
He is a man, and it is men we need. The greatest of all evil is
cowardice. The Edda songs have taught us that. Live faithfully, fight
with contempt of death, die laughing.
The Supreme is, for
the peoples and for men, glory. Love shall work as a force of the heart,
but not love for our neighbour. We do not love our enemies. We respect
them if they deserve it, but we scorn the false, the mean, and the
cowardly. He who only loves is cowardly or unrealistic. We shall hate
out of a pure heart all our enemies, everything half-hearted and
lukewarm, everything cowardly and alien which prays on our souls. We
shall hate everything low and evil which daily tempts us to shirk all
difficulties for a life of peace and enjoyment.
In the last chapter
of his book the author defined the calling of the followers of "the
We shall keep the
religious creed away from the youth and educate our children as if they
had never heard of Christianity. We shall take them out into Nature and
show them God's miracle. We shall teach them our holy history and awaken
in them pride and consciousness of being the sons of great people.
I have quoted this
book at some length as it gives an unusually clear idea of what Nazism
has set out to achieve with the youth - a new ideology, a martial
religion glorifying inflexibility, masculinity.
Its language is
uniquely frank. It tells, in words perhaps too clear, the intentions of
the Nazi youth leaders. These intentions were otherwise seldom openly
pronounced. The Nazis preferred to act. But the worship of sternness and
strength pleaded by the author was representative of wide circles of the
youth of to-day. That should not be forgotten.
must raise a new man - a new form of life
Excerpt from a speech that Hitler delivered to the
youth of the nation in 1934:
From the German
youth of the future I expect something different....something new. We
must raise a New Man....so that we can give the German people a new
ideal....forge a strong bond between the people and the ideal....and
shape them into a new form of life. This shall be the greatest
achievement of our people in this century. The young German of the
future shall be slender and straight....fast as a greyhound, tough as
leather and as hard as Krupp steel!
'Long Live Germany'
An eagle hovers against
the light of heaven over Hitler