Rosenberg, Alfred

Rosenberg's theory on religion

To Rosenberg, the age old religious Jewish-Christian doctrines were irrelevant. In his opinion, these should be dumped on the garbage heap of world history. What only counted for him was a belief that would only serve the interests of the Nordic race. With that, the individual would be tied securely to his racial origin. As he said himself: "The general ideas of the catholic and protestant churches (….) do not correspond with our German soul"

Rosenberg advocated a new myth of the blood, based on his assumption of the inborn urge of the Nordic soul to defend its noble character against racial and cultural degeneration. Rosenberg argued that this passion had already been shown in early Indo-European philosophies like the classic European paganism, the Zoroastranism from ancient Persia and Hinduism from the old northern India.

Rosenberg has described the transition to the new religion as follows: "From education by the church to the reform by Germanic values is an enormous step that stretches over various generations. We now find ourselves in the transition from one phase to the next. We (the National socialists) are the conquerors of the old era and the founders of a new era. We are the bearers of a heavy and therefore grand fate. Every revolution had been able to destroy old images. But to found a case on nothing and yet not burn all bridges behind it, that is the noble nature of the National socialist era. The German people is not characterised by original sin but by a hereditary noble nature. The notion of Christian charity has been replaced by the National socialistic Germanic idea of fellowship"

Rosenberg’s ideas about religion were influential in some circles within the N.S.D.A.P. where a convinced anti-Christian mood was prevalent. Martin Bormann (Bio Bormann), Hitler’s private secretary was a prominent representative of this. Bormann had frequent contacts with Rosenberg and they exchanged information on planned actions against churches. They discussed the abolition of religious education, the disowning of ecclesiastical property, banning Christian publications and the closing down of theological faculties.

In 1940, Bormann wrote to Rosenberg: "The churches can not be conquered by means of a compromise between National socialism and the Christian doctrines but only by means of a new ideology that you yourself have announced in your writings".

If theory was to be transformed into practice, then the support of the Führer was essential. Rosenberg’s contemplations however found little sympathy with the Führer in general, at least in public. While Rosenberg considered religion and philosophy as independent goals, to the pragmatic Hitler they were no more than tools to seize absolute power. In the first pIace, it was now imperative not to alienate the churches too much. That official Nazi ideology did not correspond with the doctrines of the church had better be left unspoken. The radical, overt anti-Christian ideas of Rosenberg should for the time being better be left indoors. After the seizure of power in 1933, Hitler assured the Catholic and Protestant churches the Nazis would not replace them with a Germanic paganism at all. He presented himself as the man who would save Christianity from total destruction by the atheistic communists who had after all been pulling the strings in the Soviet Union for years. The churches would become part of a new, positive Christianity united under the banner of National socialism.

That Hitler did not entirely sacrifice the opinion of his early ideologist on the altar of practical power politics becomes clear from the rare occasions when the Führer condemned Christianity as weak and proposed a people’s religion of the blood, based on the fate God had attributed to the German people. He thereby rejected traditional Christianity as a religion based on Jewish culture and advocated an ethnic and cultural pure race whose fate lay in the hands of the German people. After the final victory of the war, the State church would have to transform itself into an organsation that stood for the cult of race, blood and struggle instead of the obsolete Redemption and the Ten Commandments that were antique and Jewish.


German word for leader. During his reign of power Adolf Hitler was Führer of Nazi Germany.
A collection of principles and ideas of a certain system.
National socialism
A political ideology drawn up by Hitler based on the superiority of the German race, the leader principle and fierce nationalism that was fed by the hard Peace of Versailles. National socialism was anti-democratic and racist. The doctrine was elaborated in Mein Kampf and organised in the NSDAP. From 1933 to 1945 National socialism was the basis of totalitarian Germany.
Abbreviation of a national socialist.
Usually sudden and violent reversal of existing (political) the political set-up and situations.
Political ideology aiming at slight or no class differences. Means of production are owned by the state. Evolved as a response to capitalism. Karl Marx tried to substantiate socialism scientific.
Soviet Union
Soviet Russia, alternative name for the USSR.

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Martin Bormann, representative of the anti-Christian movement within the NSDAP
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Translated by:
Arnold Palthe
Article by:
Robert Jan Noks
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