Adolf Hitler ruled over the Greater Germany – a very much Christian nation. His allies in the Second Great War were all Christian nations as well. He invaded, conquered and occupied Christian nations. Hence, his attitude to – and relationship with – Christianity are of utmost importance for every diligent historian of the Third Reich.
To understand this relationship (and, of course, to separate fact from fiction), we must first define properly what exactly “relationship with Christianity” means in this particular context – as meaning is always defined by a specific context.
In this context, it obviously means not just one, but several relationships – with Christian God (the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit), angels and saints, Christian beliefs (general and specific to a particular denomination), Christian Churches (Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox, etc.) and individual Christians.
It makes sense to start at the very top, so let’s begin with Hitler’s attitude to and relationship with the Christian God (which is actually the only God there is). Hitler was born in Austria – then an overwhelmingly Catholic nation to a practicing Catholic mother, and was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.
Nothing is known about his relationships with the Christian God in his childhood and youth. Some of those who claimed to have known the “young Adolf” later stated that from a young age, he expressed disbelief and even hostility to Christianity. Which means that even then he not only had no relationship with the Christian God at all, but did not even believe in the existence of the latter.
However, these statements were made after the war, when to tell the truth about Adolf Hitler was to put at a very serious risk not only one’s job and career, but also freedom and even physical safety. Hence, these statements must be taken with a grain of salt, to put it mildly.
From Hitler’s statements in his writings (first and foremost, “Mein Kampf”), we can deduce that he was a deist. In other words, a monotheist who believed in a very specific version of a Supreme Being – the omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient Creator and Ruler of the Universe.
However, that Being (whom he called Providence mostly) was very different from the Christian God. For starters, it was a God of Aryans in general and of Germans in particular (in other words, Germans and other Aryans were its “chosen people” – not the Jews or Christians).
Second, Hitler’s Providence had nothing to do with Christian religion and the Christian Church – or any other religion or church for that matter. And, finally, it was one entity, not three (which made Adolf Hitler a Unitarian of sorts).
Consequently, we can rightfully conclude that in his adulthood Hitler had no direct relationship with the Christian God whatsoever. Or with angels and saints in Heaven for that matter.
However, it was not the whole story – not by a long shot. The fact that Adolf Hitler had no relationships with Christian God, angels and saints did not mean that these characters did not have a relationship with him. On the contrary, they very much did have a very specific relationship with Hitler – the one that he would have (most likely) not liked at all.
It is a well-known fact that God often (if not almost always) “writes straight with crooked lines”. With Adolf Hitler, he sure did.
In 1919, God had a problem. A serious problem. A very serious problem. A literally existential problem because the very existence of His Church, of the Christian Civilization… and of the whole human civilization.
Which faced a genuinely existential threat from the Bolshevist regime in now-Soviet Russia. The regime powered by an immensely mighty Russian messianic drive (which now fueled Marxism-Leninism, instead of Russian Orthodox pseudo-Christian ideology). So in reality it were the Russians, not the Jews that the Nazis had to be afraid of.
The Soviet Russia (soon-to-be renamed the Soviet Union and soon-to-be-led by the “Red Tamerlane” Joseph Stalin) was committed to invading, conquering, occupying the whole human civilization as we know it and transforming it into a worldwide totalitarian Bolshevist state – the global Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Annihilating the Christian Church (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, etc.) and the whole Christianity in the process. Together with all other religions, of course – Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.
Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin… none of these (or any other) Soviet leaders knew that “our world exists only because of monks’ prayers”. In other words, only because of the existence and actions of the Christian Church (first and foremost, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, of course).
Hence the annihilation of the Christian Church (and that’s exactly what the Bolsheviks were committed to) would have in no time led to a lightning-fast transformation into a very literal Hell on Earth.
Napoleon was not quite right when he stated that “religion is needed to prevent the poor from murdering the rich”; in reality, it is needed to prevent people from murdering each other – and destroying their whole civilization in the process.
Obviously, God was determined to prevent this catastrophe from happening. Usually he respects the human Freedom of Will and does not intervene in human affairs, but this time the very existence of humanity as we know it was at stake so he had no choice.
So He chose highly imperfect tools (to put it mildly); in other words, very much crooked lines. Adolf Hitler (ultimately), his Nazi comrades (ditto), the occult and not exactly Christian Thule Society (as an intermediary of sorts), and (possibly) the Vril Society as another intermediary. Alas, the Christian Church was way too weak to be of any use in this all-important, civilization-saving endeavor so He had to use… the alternative channels and tools.
These tools were, of course, not just tools, but weapons. Because the only way to save the human civilization from becoming Hell on Earth in a very literal sense was to fight and win the existential war with the Bolshevist Soviet Union.
Consequently, it was not a surprise at all that there was one more intermediary in this “chain of command”. Saint Michael the Archangel – the commander-in-chief of God’s Armed Forces who leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces – and wins.
Neither was it surprising that during their childhood both Adolf Hitler and the future SS-Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler (founder of RSHA and Waffen-SS) both attended the Catholic Churches dedicated to… Saint Michael the Archangel (Hitler in Leonding in Austria; Himmler in Munich in Bavaria).
Hence, Adolf Hitler did have a relationship with God and with the abovementioned Archangel (although he was obviously totally unaware of that all-important fact). Both were his commanding officers and both used him as a weapon in an existential war with the Bolshevist Soviet Union.
The only fundamental problem for both COs was to make sure that the “medicine” would not become worse than the “disease”. Which, alas, was a very real possibility – as it sometimes happens with imperfect tools and crooked lines.