The following photos provide a pictorial glimpse of Hitler,
how his Nazis mixed religion with government,
and the support for Hitler by the
Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany.
In, no way, does this gallery of photos
intend to support Nazism or anti-Semitism,
but instead, intends to warn against them.
On April 20, 1939, Archbishop Orsenigo celebrated Hitler's birthday.
The celebrations, initiated by Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) became a tradition.
Each April 20, Cardinal Bertram of Berlin was to send "warmest congratulations
to the Fuhrer in the name of the bishops and the dioceses in Germany"
and added with "fervent prayers which the Catholics of Germany are sending to heaven on their altars."
(Source: Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII, by John Cornwell)
The Concordat between the Vatican and the Nazis
Cardinal Secretary of State, Eugenio Pacelli (later to become Pope Pius XII)
signs the Concordat between Nazi Germany and the Vatican at a formal ceremony
in Rome on 20 July 1933. Nazi Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen sits at the left,
Pacelli in the middle, and the Rudolf Buttmann sits at the right.
The Concordat effectively legitimized Hitler and the Nazi government to the eyes
of Catholicism, Christianity, and the world.
The full text of the concordat appears on the Concordat Watch website.
(click here to see the text).
Catholic Bishops giving the Nazi salute in honor of Hitler.right) and Wilhelm Frick
(Source: USHMM, Photo source: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek [Bavarian State Library])