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Hitler’s Aides – Willing Collaborators in the Extermination of Jews

The Warsaw Ghetto was one of the many ghettos the Germans established in various European cities. The ghettos were created with the sole purpose of keeping the Jewish population locked in to prevent them from having contact with their Christian neighbors. The Germans forced hundreds of thousands of Jews to live packed in these places that would have normally held a tenth of the population. The Jews from the ghetto, as well as those that still lived “free” in other cities, were forced to sew a yellow Star of David on their clothes so that the Christians could clearly identify them. The draconian anti-Jewish laws the Germans promulgated in 1935, followed by similar ones in Italy in 1938 and then in France, Slovakia, Hungary and other countries, prevented the Jews from having sexual contact with Christians, from holding public office or academic positions, from working in professions such as law or medicine as well as many other restrictions, including loss of citizenship. These laws constituted grave human rights violations and were the first steps in a gradual process of dehumanization of the Jews that made the subsequent genocide possible.

Where did the Germans get all these ideas? Which Machiavellian functionary thought of this? When the Nazis came to power in 1933 they discovered they did not need to invent almost anything in their persecution of the Jews, because the Catholic Church had invented practically everything hundreds of years before. The yellow badge in the garments, the prohibition to hold public office, the prohibition to have Christian employees, the burning of the Talmud, the prohibition of living next to Christians, the prohibition from belonging to guilds or work in industry, the ghettos, all these violations to basic human rights of Jews that we associate with the legislation of the Nazi tyranny was promulgated by the Catholic Church between 400 and 700 years before the Nazis. During almost two millennia Christians were taught that Christianity had replaced Judaism, and that Jews were evil, bent on the destruction of Christianity and that they were killers of Jesus.

So, we should not be very surprised then that when Hitler came to power he found that the population-like him-already deeply hated Jews. That hatred had been planted and cultivated by Christianity since practically the beginning of the Christian movement in the first century of the Common Era. A verbal hatred that began as an intra-Jewish fraternal fight, with time and the distancing of the Early Christians from mainstream Judaism (as Christianity gained traction among the pagan peoples of the Roman Empire) it transformed itself in violent, visceral and irrational hatred. The Christian movement accused Jews of killing Jesus and of rejecting his messianic mission. As a consequence, the Early Christians developed the concept of supersessionism in which Judaism was relegated to second plane as Christianity was replacing it. Christians believed at this time that God considered Christians the “New Israel” and the new “Chosen People”. They began calling the Christian Bible the “New” Testament and the Hebrew Bible the “Old” Testament, once again suggesting that the Jewish religion had become superfluous.

Despite oppression and hardship however, the Jews did not disappear. This tenaciousness to survive and their continued refusal to accept Jesus as the Messiah led to an increase of Christian hatred toward Jews. The Church Fathers, whose writings make up the foundation of Christianity as we know it today, wrote about Jews in a manner comparable to the Nazis. As St. Ambrose, known as the “Bishop with the Golden Tongue” said in 374 CE,

“The Jews are the most worthless of all men. They are lecherous, greedy, rapacious. They are perfidious murderers of Christ. They worship the Devil. Their religion is a sickness. The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. Christians may never cease vengeance, and the Jew must live in servitude forever. God always hated the Jews. It is essential that all Christians hate them.” [1]

Saint John Chrysostom, bishop of Antioch, was not that much better just a few years later:

“Where Christ-killers gather, the cross is ridiculed, God blasphemed, the father unacknowledged, the son insulted, the grace of the Spirit rejected…. If the Jewish rites are holy and venerable, our way of life must be false. But if our way is true, as indeed it is, theirs is fraudulent. I am not speaking of the Scriptures. Far from it!… I am speaking of their present impiety and madness.” [2]

During the Middle Ages Christians began associating Jews with the Devil. This association was a natural one to make for a population already used to reading in the Gospels verses like “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.” Christian thinkers asked themselves what kind of creature would reject the truth and kill God, and concluded that only an inhuman agent of Satan could act that way. The descending spiral led many European Christians, most of whom had never even seen a Jew, to form a fantastic conception of them that had no basis in reality.

The French Revolution brought about the Emancipation of the Jews, who quickly left the ghettos and in large part assimilated to the Christian population of the cities to which they moved. The Enlightenment transformed the Christian theological anti-Judaism into something modern, secular and pseudo-scientific, sine qua non prerequisites for a population that was rapidly adopting a modern worldview detached from the yoke of their religion. It’s in these cultural surroundings that antisemitism was transformed into something racial, and it’s in the 19th and 20th centuries that the old accusations of deicide, of poisoning wells, of bringing about the Black Death, of killing Christian boys to extract their blood to make matzah and many other baseless accusations were transformed into modern accusations in which Jews were blamed for Germany losing WWI, of creating and fomenting revolutions, of modernism, of Capitalism, of Communism, of inflation, of unemployment, and many more.

The Nazis inherited this conception of the Jew. Hitler was raised as a Catholic and imbibed the traditional anti-Jewish teachings in Christianity, and he took maximum advantage of them to promote his agenda. As he told two German Catholic bishops in 1933:

“The Catholic Church considered the Jews pestilent for fifteen hundred years, put them into ghettos, etc., because it recognized the Jews for what they were…. I am moving back toward the time in which a fifteen-hundred-year-long tradition was implemented…. I recognize the representatives of this race as pestilent for the state and for the church and perhaps I am thereby doing Christianity a great service for pushing them out of schools and public functions.” [3]

[1] Quoted in Dagobert David Runes, The Jew and the Cross, p. 61.
[2] Quoted in Jeremy Cohen, “Robert Chazan’s ‘Medieval Anti-Semitism’: A Note on the Impact of Theology,” in Berger, ed., History and Hate, p.69.
[3] Akten deutscher Bischofe, vol. 1, pp. 100-102. Quoted in Saul Friedlander, Nazi Germany and the Jews, p. 47.

Gabriel Wilensky
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39 Responses to “Hitler’s Aides – Willing Collaborators in the Extermination of Jews”

  • OnlyUnderdog:

    well if you got permabanned then the riot empployees will have looked at your case therefore you did something wrong (probably multiple times with warnings). Sucks to be you, but if your the trash talking stereotype of the LoL community I’m personally happy to see you go

  • RawEnergy20:

    Wrong.. I just got banned.. Thx to the Tribunal who doesnt give a shit about ppl! They just ban, and doesnt give a reason, WHICH they are supposed to! I want my money back!

  • Eldest9292:

    If people get a warning before actually getting suspended well that’s a big fat lie because I got suspended right away.

  • Zzoumer:

    Now i will kick some troll asses

  • ClokWork Gamz:

    Umm what if you spent like tons of money on this game and you get perma banned cause if i spent tons of money on this game would they lose everything or would they get it back

  • thepain93:

    anyone else gets frustrated by the fact this shit’s never on ?

  • imLIBERZz:

    love this, such a good idea

  • Georgios Zachos:

    Can i find in the tribunal a player that i found in a previous game and he was trollin and my whole team reported him?

  • daarkshadow8:

    i agree to this riot doesnt judge correctly sometimes.

  • L3giTxSniPE:

    I had a Igno-Rammus trolling yesterday…I was 1/4, he was about 3/11. Calling ME a noob when he was feeding…

    He got My whole team to report me too.

  • cReAtIvE42name:

    Riot ive been playing this game for 2 and a half almost 3 years now… And i recived a warning for 40 leaves on 2200-2300 total played games i dont think thats fair 😛 I know i wasnt suposed to do that but 70% of those were i had urgent things to atend to i cant simply go on and play a video game if for example my dad breaks his leg… I do admit i rage quited here and there due to the fact that sometimes i just get out of hand but it hapens to all of us and i dont feel its fair…

  • markuskarlsson2001:

    Tried this , reason:”verbal harrasment” :just read the chat -.-

  • gabriel coulombe:

    stfu phreak you suck with all champion in league of legend

  • mandmhill:

    Talk to you congressman first the go to the Governor if he doesn’t help you. Your lawyer can help you contact them. This can take a long time too. Good Luck!!

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