Margot Woelk had to taste Adolf Hitler's food before he ate it to ensure it was not poisoned This is the woman tasked with tasting Adolf Hitler's meals to ensure the Fuhrer's food was not poisoned. The now year-old was picked up by the SS in after being evacuated from Berlin to the East Prussian village of Gross Partsch - in modern-day Poland - where she was set to work tasting fresh produce to be served up to the paranoid Nazi leader. Mrs Woelk was one of 15 women forced to test Hitler's food before it passed his lips at the Rastenburg base.
Holocaust[ edit ] Bymost Christians in Europe were living under Nazi rule. Generally, the life of their churches could continue, provided they did not attempt to participate in politics.
When the Nazi regime undertook the industrialized mass-extermination of the Jews, the Nazis found a great many willing participants. The Jews and Christians were rivals, sometimes enemies, for a long period of history.
Furthermore, it was traditional for Christians to blame Jewish leaders for the crucifixion of Christ At the same time, Christians showed devotion and respect. They were conscious of their debt to the Jews.
Jesus and all the disciples and all the authors of the gospels were of the Jewish race. Christians viewed the Old Testament, the holy book of the synagogues, as equally a holy book for them Others too have come under scrutiny, wrote Blainey: This sympathy led some lay and clergy resistors to speak publicly against the persecution of the Jews, as with the priest who wrote in a periodical in that it was a sacred task of the church to oppose "sinful racial pride and blind hatred of the Jews".
The leadership of the Catholic Church in Germany, whoever, was generally hesitant to speak out specifically on behalf of the Jews.
Such protests as were made tended to be private letters to government ministers. Hamerow wrote that during the prelude to the Holocaust between Kristallnacht in November and the invasion of Soviet Russia, the position of the Jews "deteriorated steadily from disenfranchisement to segregation, ghettoization and sporadic mass murder".
Pius XII instructed local bishops to help all those in need at the outbreak of the war. Bishop Buchberger of Regensburg called Nazi racism directed at Jews "justified self-defense"[ when?
Of Germany's bishops, along with Joseph Fringshe was among the most public of German church leaders in his statements against genocide.
Bernhard Lichtenberg offered public prayer and sermonised against the deportations of Jews to the East.
He was denounced, and later died en route to Dachau. Nazi ideology saw Jewishness as a "racial question". Among the deported "Jews" of Germany were practicing Catholics. Two newly arrived Catholic priests of "Jewish origin" were among the deportees in attendance. Faulhaber Cardinal Faulhaber gained an early reputation as an opponent of the regime denouncing the Nazi extremists who were calling for the Bible to be purged of the "Jewish" Old Testament, because, wrote Hamerow, in seeking to adhere to the central anti-Semitic tenets of Nazism, these "anti-Semitic zealots" were also undermining "the basis of Catholicism.
Entitled Judaism, Christianity, and Germany, the sermons affirmed the Jewish origins of the Christian religion, the continuity of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and the importance of the Christian tradition to Germany.
Unlike the Nazis, Faulhaber believed Judaism was a religious not a racial concept. In his private correspondence, his sympathy for the Jews of his own time is clear, but Faulhaber feared that going public with these thoughts would make the struggle against the Jews also a "struggle against the Catholics".
Similarly, when inthe Nazi school superintendent of Munster issued a decree: He feared children would be confused as to their "obligation to act with charity to all men" and the historical mission of the people of Israel.
He declared himself speaking to protect the "rights of the human personality", not the narrow denominational interests of the Catholic Church. In response, the Nazis organised mass demonstrations against Catholics and Jews, in Munich. The Bavarian Gauleiter Adolf Wagner declared before 5, protesters: Cardinal Faulhaber supplied a truck to the rabbi of the Ohel Yaakov synagogue, to rescue sacred objects before the building was torn down on Kristallacht.
A Nazi mob attacked his palace, and smashed its windows.The invasion of predominantly Catholic Poland by Nazi Germany in ignited the Second World War. The Nazi plan for Poland entailed the destruction of the Polish nation, which necessarily required attacking the Polish Church, particularly, in those areas annexed to Germany.
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