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easter was christian at all.
http://www.holocaust.hklaw.com/essays/2000/200018.htm"Easter" comes from the name of a love goddess Ishtar (or Eostre), a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. The pagan celebration was a month long around the calendar month April, celebrating the vernal, or spring equinox. Easter is now generally celebrated between March 22 and April 25.
The goddess Ishtar is fabled to have hatched from an egg that fell from the skies into the Euphrates River. The story went on to say that she kept rabbits as pets an they laid eggs. This is thought to be the earliest source of the spring holiday. There are other legends behind the symbols of the Easter season.
"Ancient" peoples used the rabbit as a symbol of the moon. The Germans had a story of a rabbit appearing after a poor woman had hid some eggs as a surprise for her children. The Egyptians used the rabbit as a symbol of birth, new life, and fertility. Eggs have almost always symbolized new life. The Persians believed the earth hatched from a giant egg. Lilies are a symbol of purity.
I don't think the reich was very religious.Adolf Hitler attempted to massacre an entire group of people in the "Final Solution" during the Holocaust. Not only did he strive for genocide, but also his goal was to abolish the belief and faith that had been practiced and been persecuted in the last 3,000 years.
This german was killed for preaching about Jesus.Increasingly, evangelical churches that have tended to look with suspicion on traditional "High-Church" observances of Holy Week are now realizing the value of Holy Week services, especially on Good Friday (see High Church and Low Church). This has a solid theological basis both in Scripture and in the traditions of the Faith. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was executed by the Nazis, wrote of the Cost of Discipleship and warned of "cheap grace" that did not take seriously either the gravity of sin or the radical call to servanthood: "When Jesus bids a man come, he bids him come and die."
http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/dmeier/ ... opic1.html
The nazi religious ideas came from this man.Paul de Lagarde (1827-1891), who became one of the prophets of a new religion under the Third Reich, envisaged a political program for the Prussian conservative party: the annihilation of various Slavic peoples-"this burden of history ... the sooner they perished the better for them and for us"; he expressed the same wish for the Hungarian people, "condemned to disappear for the additional reason that it was an old people of Turanian race, hence not better than the Turks and Lapons" (see Poliakov, 1987, p. 351). He likened Jews to bacillus and trichinae and said that one should not negotiate with them, but exterminate them. Hitler reformulated this statement in 1942: "The war that we wage is of the same nature as the one which Pasteur and Koch did a century ago."
More departure from the standard christian religion.JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES. There were 6,034 Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany when Hitler assumed power in 1933. Between 1933 and 1935, a total of 5,911 Witnesses were arrested as enemies of the State. Forced to wear a purple armband they were considered traitors because they refused to sign a pledge of loyalty to the Third Reich. Over 2,000 died of ill treatment in the concentration camps. Of these, around 200 were executed. Under the Nazi dictatorship, Jehovah's Witnesses were among the first to be persecuted. On September 15, 1939, the first conscientious objector, a Jehova's Witness, was publicly shot. In May of that year, the first transport of prisoners to the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp was made up of female Jehova's Witnesses.
Attention here.As early as January 1934 the staff leader of the Hitler Youth, Lauterbacher, declared in Koblenz: "The Hilter Youth will not compromise but will go its own way, which must necessarily lead tol the destruction of all other youth organizations." On March 27 1934 the Reich Youth Leader, Baldur von Schirach declared: The incorporation of the Protestant Youth associations will some time or other be followed, and necessarily followed, by that of the Catholic Youth. At a time when all are abandoning their private interests, Catholic youth no longer has any right to lead a separate existence."
These declarations heralded a difficult period for the Catholic Youth Associations, which tried with all means of diplomacy and endurance to retain their rights as guaranteed by the Concordat, confirmed in the decree of Hitler, and now curtailed almost daily through new restrictions and persecutions.
In here you may see the anti-christianity side of the nazi ideas.pg. 4
"National Socialism by its very nature was hostile to Christianity and Christian Churches. The purpose of the National Socialist movement was to convert the German people into a homogeneous racial group united in all its energies for prosecution of aggressive warfare".
"Persecution of the Christian churches in Germany proper gave rise to veryi special problems. Since Germany was destined to provide the central force for the coming wars of aggression, it was particularly necessary that German people be withdrawn from all influences hostile to the National Socialist philosophy of aggression".
"During this period [read: 1933] the relations between the Nazi Party and the Catholic Church were extremely bitter. As an opposition Party, the National Socialists had always violently attacked "Political Catholicism" [sound familiar?] and the collaboration of the Center Party with the Social Democrats int he Reich and Prussian governments, declaring that they could find no differences among the so-called "System-parteien" (parties which collaboraed in the system of constitutional government). On March 8, 1933, Goring in a speech at Essen summed up the Nazi attitude toward the Center as follows: 'Each time the red robber was about to steal some fo the German people's properties, his black accomplice stood thieves' watch'. "
"By 1937 it had become clear that the Nazi sate was not to be appeased by Catholic efforts to accommodate the Church and the State in the form of a Concordat, and that Hitler's government had no intention to adhere to its part of the document. Convinced, therefore, that the Church had been in error, in face of the irreconcilability of its teachings wiht thos of National Socialism, in abandoning its earlier opposition to the movement, the Church resumed its controversy with Nazi doctrine, while continuing to suffer from Nazi practice."
"In May 1936 the leaders of the Confessional Church addressed a memorandum to Hitler denouncing the anti-Christian acts of the government. When this was met with further acts of repression, the failure of the church committees to effec a reconciliation wa admitted by Ecclesiastical Minister Kerrl, in a report to Hitler. From that time forward the official attitude was that the Confessional Churches was illegal, and its activities were persecuted to the point where they became almost completely ineffective. For specific instances of this persecution, see the following section."
"In February, 1937, Dr. Zollner, the Chairman of the Reich Church Committee, was prevented by the police from visiting nine Confessional Pastors of Lubeck who had been arrested by the secret police. This interference with his attempted conciliation led to the resignation of Zollner and his committee on 14 February 1937."
"On 25 October 1936 members of the Hitler Youth hurled insults at Cardinal Faulhaber as he was entering his car in Giesing, a suburb of Munich."
"On 1 July 1937 Martin Niemoller, Confessional leader, was arrested and put in prison. On 7 February 1938 he was tried before a Special Court in Berlin. On 2 March he was sentenced to seven months imprisonment in a fortress (i.e., honorable imprisonment) for violation of the Pulpit Law. He was also fined 500 Marks for a violation of the rules of the Emergency Decree of 28 February 1933 (originally directed against the Communists) and 1500 Marks for another violation of both laws. He was acquitted of the charge of "underhand attacks on State and Party". As he had been eight months in prison he was allowed to go free. On leaving the court he was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp where he remained until the end of the war."