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The penultimate year of the war began with a speech exhorting Germans to persevere. Italy was no longer Germany's ally, and the Soviet army was approaching the borders of Poland, Hungary and Romania. The Allied landing in France was imminent. After addressing soldiers and his fellow Germans, Adolf Hitler turned his attention to the Lord himself in his speech to ring in the New Year of 1944. "He is aware of the goal of our struggle," he said. The Lord's "justice will continue to test us until he can pass judgment. Our duty is to ensure that we do not appear to be too weak in his eyes, but that we are given a merciful judgment that spells 'victory' and thus signifies life!"
Two very different men in the German Reich noted their thoughts about Hitler's expression of religious sentiments in their diaries. The first, Victor Klemperer, lived with his wife in a "Jew house" in Dresden, where he wrote about...
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Our 'Christian society' is placing a strong, yet unbiblical, emphasis on the Church in terms of it building the Kingdom. Heavily promoted, world-wide plans to improve society, unify the world and build the kingdom sound like good ideas, but they are not responsibilities God has given the Church, hence He has not given the Church the means to do so.
a generation who thought that it was their job to usher in the thousand year (millenial) kingdom through force on other human beings. Very interesting article. very interesting that the German people were told that Poland had attacked them.......when they hadn't.....the Gleilitz incident was conducted by Hitler's troops to make it look like the Poles had attacked. Also interesting that he would preach that Romans 13 meant that the people should worship him as Lord and carry out his atrocities for the sake of the millenial kingdom. Yes, he told them, things may get rough, but think of that beautiful kingdom to come, it will be worth all the horrors.
I expect that each came to their conclusions on their own, as their houses were bombed out and they faced starvation, that destroying your neighbors makes for a hostile planet.
........the people of the book understand that man, in his own power cannot usher in the Kingdom of God, and that the transformation relates to redemption of sin, not one "superior" people.
Gasp! I have to say something nice about Bumbling Bush, he must have stumbled on to these by accident! If he did or didn't I will pass this on as a compliment to Mr. Bush.
Elke Schmitter wrote: In the epilogue, the author's grandson describes how the publication of Kellner's diaries came about. German publishers were not interested at first. But then the diaries attracted attention when, in April 2005, SPIEGEL reported that former US President George Bush had looked at Kellner's original notebooks in the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University.
Now that they have finally been published, the volumes are likely to find a place next to the Klemperer diaries in German libraries and on private bookshelves too.