Saving the last “Nazi” Church in todays Berlin

Martin Luther Memorial Church in Berlin is a former Nazi-Church, kept as a Museum.

“Jesus” presented as ikon of the Nazi-party, and redeemer of “gross-Deutshland”.

A protestant parish is trying to raise money to restore the Martin Luther Memorial Church in Berlin — and its National Socialist ornamentation — as a memorial to the victims of the Nazis.

This is an articles from 2006, published by the German State television channel Deutche Welle.

The imposing Martin Luther Memorial Church in Mariendorf, south Berlin, looks like many others built in the 20th century, with its brick and stone Bauhaus-style exterior.

But the last surviving Nazi-era church in Germany is also a place where pastors preached from pulpits adorned with Aryans, and babies were baptised in a font featuring carvings of a Nazi storm trooper.

In fact, the National Socialist link is clear from the outset. In the lobby, an iron cross chandelier illuminates the busts of Martin Luther and Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg, Germany’s famous World War I commander.

Church officials believe that there was initially a likeness of Adolf Hitler — after whom the church was supposed to be named.

In the main part of the church, stained glass windows framed by a stone arch face pews for 800 worshipers and a giant organ. The organ was first used at National Socialist rallies in Nuremberg in 1935 — the year the church was opened and two years after Hitler came to power.

The huge stone archway has friezes on its square panels. Images of crosses and other religious symbols are next to those of workers, soldiers, eagles and some blank panels — the swastikas were removed because they are illegal in Germany.

The Iron Cross is presented inside the former Nazi-Church in Berlin.

The altar features a Jesus that could have been a body builder.

“Everything is about power, strength and victory,” said Ilse Klein, a historian who works at the church. “They are clearly fascist symbols.”

The Nazi-Church used classical Christian symbols, but let a different Spirit take control.
A coin sold by the Nazis, to promote their “Church”.
Nezi-sodiers presented as hero’s or “saints” inside the “Church” in Berlin.

The church was originally designed in 1928 before the Nazis seized power. It was in continuous use until two years ago, when the stability of the tower was threatened and tiles began falling off.

The parish has been lobbying the government of Berlin and the Protestant church organizations for the 3.5 million euros they need to rebuild. But there are hundreds of churches in Germany in need of money and the city of Berlin is practically broke.

As a result, the parish leaders hope to get historical designation from the city so that they can then apply for funds set aside for historical landmarks from foundations. And though they don’t plan to use the church again for regular services, they hope to hold special ceremonies, concerts and exhibitions marking anniversaries such as the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on Jan. 27, 1945.

“It was the times,” said Klein. “But it is not common anymore to see politics illustrated inside of a church so clearly. That is why we want to save it — to remind people this should never happen again.”

Storm troopers of Jesus

Many Nazi-era buildings have been preserved and are still in use today. Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, for example, was designed by Hitler’s favorite architect, Albert Speer in 1936, and the Nazi’s central bank is now used by the foreign ministry. But the church presents a trickier problem because it clearly shows that churches collaborated with the Nazis more than is commonly acknowledged.

Initially, the Catholic Church cooperated with Hitler after Pope Pius XI signed a treaty with him in 1933. But that collapsed in 1937 when Hitler began putting Catholic clergy on trial after the pontiff issued a statement of concern because of years of Nazi interference.

Martin Luther Memorial Church in Berlin.

Meanwhile, Hitler appointed Ludwig Müller as the Reich’s Bishop to lead a movement of Protestant National Socialists called the “German Christians,” also known as the “Storm troopers of Jesus.” Soon after, Hitler tried to force Protestant churches to join the Reich’s Protestant Church, which promoted an “Aryan Jesus” and wanted to replace the bible with “Mein Kampf.”

Neither the Protestant or the Catholic Church officially opposed the Nazi policies towards Jews.

Source: DW: Deutche Welle

My comment:

There were Germans who believed that they could influence Hitler, to become more moderate and a Zentrum kind of leader of Germany.

The leader of this flock, was Von Papen. (Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen zu Köningen) Today we call such people “Papenheimer’s”.

Frans Von Papen.

In the Church of Jesus the Messiah, there are quite a few “Papenheimers”. They do compromise with evil and darkness, and feel they are called to change false Christianity into what can be accepted. They preach the political correct way forward for “the Church”.

When the Holy Spirit withdraws from the political correct Church, a false Holy Spirit enters and take over the flock.  That is one of the fruits of “replacement theology”. In the Nazi-Church “replacement theology” was taken to its logic conclusion.

In the 1930-ties “Jesus” became the white haired blue eye “aryan redeemer” of the German people. “Jesus” in many “Churches” today have been reduced to a freedom-fighter for the “Palestinian people”.

Read more about Franz Von Papen, who the Pope knighted in the Order of Malta

Written by Ivar

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13 thoughts on “Saving the last “Nazi” Church in todays Berlin

  1. All Hitler had to do was quote Martin Luther. Luther started out good but ended up being VERY anti-semite. This is sad but true.

  2. In the 1930-ties “Jesus” became the white haired blue eye “aryan redeemer” of the German people……In the South, we referred the ‘Special-favored” Brat (child or adult) as..He or she ‘must be the ‘Fair-haired-child who can do no wrong and gets their way all the time” Double-dipping was taking the ‘Fair-haired child to Highs Ice cream store and getting a double dip scoop of Ice Cream eating it at the Counter!! (smile) ..just remembered that as you phrased it the ‘Fair-haired One’ …(smile) Jesus is awesome, all wrongs no matter large or small, created or followed by anyone..is still Wrong and He brings them to light. I do remember how it made us feel and the arguments it caused when some of us stood up and said .That’s not right and refused to get Ice creme brought back to us as a ‘guilt prize’ for not being able to go too. Yet The Holy Spirit (if you’re a Christian) has taken the sting of those feelings and left the Truth that Jesus was there all along showing the right and wrong of peoples actions!

  3. A great article.

    But for your information, the cross is not a Christian symbol. The cross was first used by Emperor Constantine, where he supposedly has s dream that he would conquer his enemies under the sign of the cross. This off course was a legend, because the history of that symbol goes some what earlier back in history.

    I find this rather important.
    If your mother would be killed by a hammer, would you than put a hammer on your wall to remember your mother?

    Please consider it.
    Because saying such a thing, and believing it, is a very serious insult. You insult every one that validates truth, as it is found in the Bible. And even the Bible itself clearly states, that the cross was used by the Romans under Pontifex Maximus Tiberius. Not by Jesus, his family and friends the Jews, or any of his disciples.

    You can get sometimes nice hammers in stores, if you mother was killed by one. And if you than decide to put it on your wall, in order to remember your mother, maybe you can give it a golden color, as the papists do.

    Actually, the fact that the Lutherans worship the pope all through history, is the same as people that distance themselves from Roman Catholicism, but use a cross and the word “christian” to express their identity.

    For your consideration:
    If a man says that he is a normal man, and that Jesus Christ was the truth, and another man says he is a Christian and tells that Jesus Christ was the truth, which of these two man would be the most convincing?

    1. Dear Geus

      Shalom.

      For your consideration:

      If a man says that he is a normal man, and that Jesus Christ was the truth, and another man says he is a Christian and tells that Jesus Christ was the truth, which of these two man would be the most convincing?

      My reply:

      First option: Jesus Christ was the truth.

      Second option: Jesus Christ was the truth

      I found them both quite convincing. Jesus is the truth.

    2. Dear Geus.

      Shalom.

      You wrote:

      But for your information, the cross is not a Christian symbol. The cross was first used by Emperor Constantine….

      My comment:

      If Jesus had been killed by a snake, it would be strange to use a cross as a Christian symbol. But since Jesus died on the cross, I find it not so strange that Christians can identify their faith, by the empty cross.

      You can have your private opinion, your very right in a society with freedom of expression. I can have mine. I chose to listen to the Bible, and are not to concerned about what people think or feel about me.

      1 Corinthians 1:17
      For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

      1 Corinthians 1:18
      [ Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom ] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

      (end of scriptures)

      There is no need to be ashamed by Christians who use a cross. The cross in Jerusalem was not an effective “hammer”. Not was the nails. “It” did not “kill” Jesus. He gained victory on that cross. It is my sign of victory too.

      Galatians 6:14
      May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

      1. I’m really very tired tonight, so with that said..please explain what you meant..I think I TOTALLY misunderstood…The Cross is a tool, started by the Catholics??? (It’s highly endearing to me), We are not to use it? regard it highly…For we are told Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Also this mouse is driving me batty (ha ha) it’s popping all over the page..takes a long time to type. Anyone with any suggestions…please ‘feel free to ”HeeeeEELP” (smile)

      2. Dear JimmieKrackKorn

        Shalom

        You wrote:

        I’ve heard the cross was used in ancient Babylon to represent Tamuz

        My comment:

        If Tamuz had used a cipa, would you remove this cap from the head of Jews?

  4. After January 1933, all individuals and organizations in the “new Germany” had to be “nationalized.” One of the first tasks Nazi “spiritual revolution” was to make all individuals and all professional and social organizations subject to party control through attraction or coercion. This required cultural and social alignment with Nazi ideology and policy rooted in their total worldview of race, blood , and soil. Gleichschaltung was the term describing process by which the National Socialists sought to create a new emotional community based on these concepts.
    The policy of Gleichschaltung was all encompassing. Nothing was exempt. Gleichschaltung defined the Nazi totalitarian state where the party sought to become master of all, controlling all aspects of life and a man or woman’s attitude toward life. No one was to be allowed to stand aside. This is what Hitler meant by “nationalizing the masses.”
    Several institutions resisted and managed to preserve nominal identity. These included the churches, the bureaucracy, some economic organizations and the military. But they came under unceasing pressure and were eventually brought under control by various means of direct or indirect means of persuasion.
    This church is important to be preserved as a memorial – a reminder of what Hitler intended for the church if he had won the war.

  5. bottom line on all of this is that anything that men do in another mans name is really for their own sake and no one else, so do not need a symbol to unite us as one people, but the return of earth reverence along with deeper respect for mothers, whom without we would not be here.

    1. ….but the return of earth reverence along with deeper respect for mothers, whom without we would not be here….Not that I change your mind, yet I would like the record to show you were told again (smile) that it is not woman that is the reason ‘we’re all here’ Sweetie…the Man carries the ‘seed’ of all male & female….so let’s remember to give The Lord of Glory credit in His plan not our attitudes and/or persuasion from anyone other than His Word …if a Man or Woman loves the Lord Jesus Christ they will automatically give and have the respect for the Fathers & Mothers of whom with God’s Grace we were not terminated at birth and/or afterward! (smile) Blessed be the Lord Jesus now and forevermore †

  6. I think more research is needed about the history of this church. Some stated facts seem off.

    The building was designed and built ten years after the end of the first World War. The uniform and helmets of the soldiers appear to be from that time period and not of the second World War. As far as swastikas being removed from the tile work, I would double check that story too. I think the reference to soldiers is more about loss of German men during the first war rather than a glorification of Nazi ideology.

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