Kristallnacht (Remembering the Past . . .)

Statue of LutherIn just a few days, almost one-billion Protestant Christians will celebrate another birthday anniversary of their spiritual father, Martin Luther. The “Great” Protestant Reformer was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. As our Lutheran friends lead the rest of Christendom in some “joyous” birthday celebrations, those who know the history will be remembering this day from an entirely different perspective!

Exactly 74 years ago to a day, Hitler and his Nazi menials threw a lavish birthday party for their favorite Christian theologian and reformer! “The Crystal Night,” or Kristallnacht in German vernacular, was a state-sponsored pogrom, or rather a series of coordinated attacks, against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938. For German killers it was the “night of broken glass”; for the Jewish community it was the night if shattered lives!

Rampaging mobs throughout Germany, Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the streets, in their homes and at their places of work and worship in a carefully orchestrated outbreak of government sponsored violence. At least 96 Jews were killed and hundreds more injured; hundreds of synagogues were burned; almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed; cemeteries and schools were vandalized; and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps – many of them never to return alive to their loved ones. Many historians consider that as the real beginning of the Holocaust, the first step in the planned extermination of the Jewish people leading to the eventual deaths of six million victims of the Nazi program of genocide.

The pogrom was carried out by Sturmabteilung paramilitary (Assault Forces) and civilians. German authorities looked on without intervening. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues. Later on the Jewish community was heavily taxed in order to recover the losses of the damaged property, inflicted by the civilized “Arian” murderers!

That satanic “birthday party” was a macabre celebration, done in an authentic Nazi style, of one of Hitler’s most favorite Christian theologians, whose teachings supplied much “useful” material to the paranoid “Fuhrer.” Martin Luther, hailed as “the Father of Protestant Reformation,” sought to convert the Jews to his version of spirituality.

He believed that when confronted with his “biblical preaching,” the Jewish people would stream into the fold of the Church in droves, “seeking for salvation of their souls.” Just as Catholic Rome before him, and Protestant Europe after him, Martin Luther quickly turned from theological exhortations to threats of violence and genocide against the stubbornly-monotheistic Jews.

In Part XI of his infamous work “On Jews and Their Lies,” written in 1543, Luther ardently sermonized:

“What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? . . .

I shall give you my sincere advice: First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians . . .

Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies . . .

Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.

Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb . . .

Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews . . .

Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping.”

The unyielding hatred of the Catholic Inquisition toward the Chosen People was sustained within her Protestant Daughters through the lifework of people like Martin Luther and others! What Luther so “masterfully” outlined in his vitriol against God’s People, Hitler skillfully implemented on an unprecedented scale! The Protestant Inquisition of Nazi Germany was about to put to shame even the evils of its Medieval Predecessor! By 1942 Hitler’s plan for the “Final Solution” was almost entirely in place.

Kristallnacht 1What are you going to celebrate on November 10?

May the memory and name of Hitler and other Nazi murderers perish in dishonor! May the Chosen Nation continue to be the Light unto the Gentiles as it always has!