Tag Archives: Third Reich

“You could hardly have been more anti-Nazi than the Ratzinger family”

In the past, we have experienced various attempts to reduce Pope Benedict’s past to the Nazi era.  How does this book [Msgr. Georg Ratzinger’s new book, My Brother, the Pope] help to address that mischaracterization of the Ratzinger family’s values and … Continue reading

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“As far as our father was concerned, Hitler was the Antichrist,” writes Pope Benedict’s brother Georg Ratzinger

Pope Benedict’s brother tells how family made it through WWII Germany As early as 1938, we were registered by the seminary with the Hitler Youth (HY).  That was the law, there were no exemptions.  Consequently, all the minor seminarians became students … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: White Rose memorial in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich

[Click on the image to enlarge it.] Related: Woman who defied Hitler ‘was inspired by Cardinal Newman’ Like Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists today, Hitler wanted to take Christ out of Christmas Christian resistance in Nazi Germany: Sophie Scholl, … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Sophie Scholl on combining a hard mind with a soft heart

‘A hard mind without a soft heart is necessarily as barren as a soft heart without a hard mind.’ ~ Sophie Scholl Related: Pic of the day: White Rose memorial in front of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich

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British nun Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hambrough hid scores of Jews from the Nazis, on track for sainthood

British nun who hid Jews from Nazis on track for sainthood Mother Riccarda helped to save the lives of about 60 Jews by hiding them from the Nazis in her Rome convent, the Casa di Santa Brigida. She born in 1887 … Continue reading

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Did a future Catholic priest rescue a drowning four-year-old Hitler from death in an icy river?

As a philosophy undergraduate I sometimes came across the ‘Drowning Hitler’ scenario cited in discussions of moral dilemmas.  You travel back in time and come across a pre-Third Reich Hitler drowning in a river.  You know what is to come: the horrors of the Second … Continue reading

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André Trocmé of Le Chambon, who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees

‘Jesus proclaimed a unique revolution.  Unlike his contemporaries he refused to resist evil on its own terms.’ ~ André Trocmé Trocmé, Christ and revolution

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British Revs. Hugh Grimes and Fred Collard saved some 1,800 Viennese Jews from Holocaust

Nazi persecution of Jews: 1,800 saved by the Church of England Schindlers It’s a little-known act of bravery – how two British clerics rescued 1,800 Jews from the Nazis by baptising them. First there was Oskar Schindler, then Sir Nicholas Winton.  … Continue reading

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Last twist for Rudolf Hess: his bones are taken from grave in dead of night, cremated, scattered in unknown lake

Rudolf Hess’s remains taken from grave in dead of night, cremated and scattered after it became neo-Nazi pilgrimage site The remains of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, have been secretly removed from their grave after it became a pilgrimage site … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Black Camelot’ by Duncan Kyle

‘Black Camelot’ by Duncan Kyle, Collins, 1978 This is generally praised as one of British thriller-writer Duncan Kyle’s best books but, I must admit, I found it disappointing.  It begins very brightly but before long the main protagonist, a German officer … Continue reading

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Researcher finds proof of widespread Jewish support for Pope Pius XII

Researcher finds proof of widespread Jewish support for Pope Pius XII In April of 1939, just one month after Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope, the U.S. Jewish Veteran magazine called the new Pope’s leadership “a source of great satisfaction … Continue reading

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Sophie Scholl and friends: Catholic Christians who founded the White Rose opposition movement in Nazi Germany

Charles Lewis writes: The film takes place over the course of a few days – from the time of Sophie’s capture, to her interrogation, her trial and execution.  Hans Scholl, 24, and family friend Christoph Probst, 22, were also taken into … Continue reading

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Did Hitler commission Nazi flying saucers? Of course not but it’s a great story!

[This is almost certainly rubbish but, for me at least, it makes an irresistible story!] Hitler’s secret flying saucer: Did the Führer plan to attack London and New York in UFOs? It is claimed that Hitler’s scientists designed a UFO-style aircraft – and … Continue reading

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