Overview[ edit ] Heinrich Himmler The Posen speeches of October are two of speeches obtained in various forms, which Himmler conducted before officials of the Nazi party. Himmler did away with the usual camouflage terms  and spoke explicitly of the extermination of the Jews via mass murder, which he depicted as a historical mission of the Nazis. This connection became clear in five further speeches made between December and June to commanders of the Wehrmacht. The second speech, uncovered at that time, is often mistaken as the first or equated with it.
Historiography[ edit ] Academic historians who specialize on the life and thought of Hitler have concluded he was irreligious and anti-Christian. Following his early military successes, Hitler "abandoned himself entirely to megalomania " and the "sin of hybris ", an exaggerated self-pride, believing himself to be more than a man.
Its teaching, he declared, was a rebellion against the natural law of selection by struggle and the survival of the fittest.
A Study in Tyranny At the turn of the century, leading Hitler expert  Ian Kershaw wrote an influential biography of Hitler which used new sources to expound on Hitler's religious views.
He too concluded that Hitler was anti-Christian and irreligious, but noted how Hitler's religious policy was restrained by political considerations. Still, Hitler's hostility to Christianity contributed to the efforts of his underlings to suppress that religion in Nazi Germany: In earlyhe was declaring that 'Christianity was ripe for destruction' Untergangand that the churches must therefore yield to the 'primacy of the state', railing against 'the most horrible institution imaginable'.
Nemesis  British historian Richard J. Evanswho writes primarily on Nazi Germany and World War II, believes that Hitler believed in the long run that National Socialism and religion would not be able to co-exist, and that he stressed repeatedly that Nazism was a secular ideology, founded on modern science: Though Hitler has often been portrayed as a neo-pagan, or the centrepiece of a political religion in which he played the Godhead, his views had much more in common with the revolutionary iconoclasm of the Bolshevik enemy.
His few private remarks on Christianity betray a profound contempt and indifference Hitler believed that all religions were now 'decadent'; in Europe it was the 'collapse of Christianity that we are now experiencing'. The reason for the crisis was science.
Hitler, like Stalin took a very modern view of the incompatibility of religious and scientific explanation. Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia Historian Percy Ernst Schrammdescribes Hitler's personal religious creed, after his rejection of the Christian beliefs of his youth, as "a variant of the monism so common before the First World War".
Hanskarl von Hasselbach, one of Hitler's personal physicians, as saying that Hitler was a "religious person, or at least one who was struggling with religious clarity". According to von Hasselbach, Hitler did not share Martin Bormann 's conception that Nazi ceremonies could become a substitute for church ceremonies, and was aware of the religious needs of the masses.
For instance, when he survived the assassination attempt of July 20,he ascribed it to Providence saving him to pursue his tasks. In fact, as time went on, Hitler's conception of Providence became more and more intertwined with his belief in his own inability to make an error of judgment.
Alfred Jodl stated at Nuremberg that Hitler had "an almost mystical conviction of his infallibility as leader of the nation and of the war". Another of his physicians, Dr. Karl Brandt, said that Hitler saw himself as a "tool of Providence. He was possessed by the thought that this was his task and that only he could fulfill it.
There is no evidence that Hitler himself, in his personal life, ever expressed any individual belief in the basic tenets of the Christian church". Thus Hitler told the British journalist Ward Price in Only the spreading poison of his lust for power and self idolatry finally crowded out the memories of childhood beliefs and in he jettisoned the last of his personal religious convictions, declaring to comrades, 'Now I feel as fresh as a colt in the pasture'".
It is essential to have fanatical faith and hope and love in and for Germany. Samuel Koehne of Deakin University wrote in But it remains very difficult to ascertain his personal religious beliefs, and the debate rages on.
He wrote in that even after Hitler's rupture with institutional Christianity which he dated to aroundhe sees evidence that he continued to hold Jesus in high esteem,  and never directed his attacks on Jesus himself. He too would remain a member of the Catholic Church he said, although he had no real attachment to it.
And in fact he remained in the church until his suicide. Goebbels wrote on 29 April that though Hitler was "a fierce opponent" of the Vatican and Christianity, "he forbids me to leave the church. Speer thought that Hitler approved of Bormann's aims, but was more pragmatic and wanted to "postpone this problem to a more favourable time": I'll have it reeling on the ropes.
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On the 18 January Heinrich Himmler the Reichsfuhrer SS ordered Richard Korherr who was “Inspekteur fur Statiskik” of the SS to produce a report on the Final Solution of the “Jewish Question in Europe.” up to the period of the 31 December Richard Korrher undertook this work and on the 23 March sent a sixteen page report to SS- Obersturmbannfuhrer Dr.
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The Posen speeches were two secret speeches made by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, on 4 and 6 October in the town hall of Posen (Polish: Poznań), in German-occupied ph-vs.com recordings are the first known documents in which a high-ranking German member of the Nazi government spoke of the ongoing extermination of the Jews in extermination camps.