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"Last spring the Third Reich recognized a third official state religion: a neo-pagan cult based on Thor, Wotan, Siegfried and the old Nordic gods. It was especially favored by ultranazis and by Hitler's black-shirted bodyguards, the Schutzstaffel or S.S. corps... Heathen temples now thrive in many German rural and provincial towns; but city-dwellers are too blasé to adopt such fantastic rites... Last week, in northern back-woodsy Mecklenburg, the Fifteenth Century Chapel of St. Gertrude became a Hall of the Ancestors or a Temple of German Blood... Ralph W. Barnes (1899 – 1940) cabled the New York Herald Tribune from Guestrow:

"The reconstructed chapel has been stripped of all Christian symbols... It is simple almost to the point of austerity... A bust of Adolf Hitler, clear-cut against the white wall, might be said to replace the altar... Bold outlines of the Nazi swastika replaced the cross in a stained-glass window."

"Germany is said to contain five million pagans."

Click here to learn about the Nazi war with Christianity.

Click here to read about the persecution of the faithful in Soviet Russia.


Their Freaky Religion (Literary Digest, 1938)

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