Myth: Hitler Was Possessed by the Devil

Contrary to a popular misconception, demonic possession (i.e. possession of an individual by “evil spirits”) is not a myth. It does happen. Even prominent psychiatrists confirm that there are mental disorders that can only be explained by a demonic possession.

Nazis committed enormous and horrible crimes against humanity, murdering millions of people. Including six millions or so of Jews – God’s chosen people. Which (especially the latter) was obviously very pleasing to the Devil.

Consequently, it is no surprise that many believe that Adolf Hitler (and possibly all Nazis involved in these crimes) were, indeed, possessed by the Prince of Darkness.

Even the late Father Gabriele Amorth (exorcist of the Diocese of Rome) who performed tens of thousands of exorcisms over his six decades of service as a Catholic Priest, stated in his 2006 Vatican Radio interview:

I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed. All you have to do is think about what Hitler – and Stalin did. Almost certainly they were possessed by the Devil. You can tell by their behavior and their actions, from the horrors they committed and the atrocities that were committed on their orders

There were even rumors that wartime pontiff Pope Pius XII attempted a “long distance” exorcism of Hitler (which, however, failed to have any effect).

Unfortunately, despite his impressive record as an exorcist (although he never was “the Vatican’s chief exorcist” despite popular media headlines), Father Gabriele Amorth was known to make highly controversial and unprofessional public statements.

The truth is that the Holy Roman Catholic Church has very strict rules for determining whether the individual in question is, indeed, possessed by an evil spirit (or spirits).

The first rule is that the individual must demonstrate one or more clear signs of demonic possession – supernatural strength, supernatural knowledge (that he had no way of acquiring via natural means), ability to fluently speak languages that he never learned, an aversion to the sacred objects (crucifix, holy water, Christian temples, Holy Bible, etc.), and speaking in a unnatural – and deeply frightening – “demonic” voice.

Adolf Hitler (or any other prominent Nazi) never demonstrated any of these signs. Consequently, no competent and responsible exorcist would have ever stated that The Führer was possessed by evil spirits.

And while a long-distance exorcism in something not unheard of, it can never replace the in-person ritual. It can only complement it after the in-person ritual has been successfully performed.

In fact, it is not really an exorcism, but simply a powerful and intense prayer for the liberation of the soul in question from the claws of evil spirits. It is also important to remember that Catholic exorcism can be performed only by a specially trained priest.

There is no evidence that Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) ever underwent such training. Which is not surprising at all – he was a Church lawyer, diplomat and politician – but no exorcist. Consequently, it is highly unlikely that he ever attempted a long-distance exorcism of Adolf Hitler.

Oh, and Joseph Stalin has never demonstrated any signs of demonic possession either. Consequently, although his objective of destroying the human civilization as we know it and replacing it with the alternative civilization (global Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) were clearly demonic, he was definitely NOT possessed by the Devil. Or any other evil spirit, for that matter.


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