Part of the SS soldier’s oath in Nazi Germany was to say “atheists are not one of us.”

Part of the SS soldier’s oath in Nazi Germany was to say “atheists are not one of us.” June 11, 2014

A friend alerted me to an excerpt from a book written by Heinrich Himmler in 1937 that described the oath SS soldiers were made to take in Nazi Germany.  Heinrich Himmler, of course, was notorious as the SS’s Reichsführer, which was the SS’s highest rank.  The book was Heinrich Himmler: Die Schutzstaffel (SS) als antibolschewistische Kampforganisation, which I believe translates to Heinrich Himmler: The Protection Squadron (SS) an anti-Bolshevist Fighting Organization (Bolsheviks being members of the Communist party in the Soviet Union at the time).  My German is very rusty, so if anybody wants to correct me on that, please do.

On page 15 Himmler describes the three questions SS soldiers would have to answer (and their prescribed answer) as part of their oath:

“Wie lautet Dein Eid ?” – “Ich schwöre Dir, Adolf Hitler, als Führer und Kanzler des Deutschen Reiches Treue und Tapferkeit. Wir geloben Dir und den von Dir bestimmten Vorgesetzten Gehorsam bis in den Tod. So wahr mir Gott helfe !”

“Also glaubst Du an einen Gott ?” – “Ja, ich glaube an einen Herrgott.”

“Was hältst Du von einem Menschen, der nicht an einen Gott glaubt?” – “Ich halte ihn für überheblich, größenwahnsinnig und dumm; er ist nicht für uns geeignet.

Which translates to:

“What is your oath ?” – “I vow to you, Adolf Hitler, as Führer and chancellor of the German Reich loyalty and bravery. I vow to you and to the leaders that you set for me, absolute allegiance until death. So help me God !”

“So you believe in a God ?” – “Yes, I believe in a Lord God.”

“What do you think about a man who does not believe in a God ?” – “I think he is overbearing, megalomaniac and foolish; he is not one of us.”

Is it still Godwinning if the facts support you?  Anyway, just something to keep in mind for the next time someone tells you that Nazi Germany was the product of secularism run amok for which the solution is more religion.

“Gott” could not be reached for comment.

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