Einstein On The Church In Nazi Germany

5 bob to the East Anglia Seminarians who point out:

Albert Einstein, a secular Jew, had this to say:

‘Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks….

Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.’

- Albert Einstein, Time magazine, 23rd December, 1940 p. 38

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22 Responses to Einstein On The Church In Nazi Germany

  1. I’m incorporating this into my material.

  2. Hesperado says:

    Wow, that’s an astounding quote. The majority of Leftist atheists today I would say continue to purvey the myth of “Hitler was a Christian” + “the Catholic Church [and particularly the Pope] aided and abetted Hitler”. That a major idol of theirs, Albert Einstein (seen by them, whether accurately or not, as a kindred skeptic agnostic), is on record declaring the opposite of their myth in starkly lucid terms like this, constitutes a major blow to that myth.

  3. Dr. Eric says:

    From my research, Einstein was sort of Pantheistic. But he did believe in some sort of Supernatural Being. Einstein was no atheist.

  4. Hesperado says:

    Dr. Eric,

    Leftists don’t mind vague Pantheists as long as their theology is vague and “New Agey”. They certainly don’t vilify them like they vilify Christians. Plus Einstein was a Scientist. Another plus on his side.

  5. Dr. Eric says:

    Pasteur, Mendel, and Le Maitre were all scientists who have contributed more than all the atheists out there and all were Catholics! The latter two were priests!

  6. Dr. Eric says:

    That should be Lemaitre. Msgr. Lemaitre was the first proponent of the Big Bang theory, against Einstein might I add, and was a professor of physics at the University of Louvain.

  7. VLOGZ says:

    I Never had in interest in the Church either ….you know who makes church interesting ..Jordan Maxwell

  8. Really? Jordan Maxwell’s bio lists him as

    “Ohana Council of the Native Hawaii Brotherhood Ambassador of the Sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii to America,
    1993 to Present”

    On the face of it, he seems more like a tin-foil hat afficienado.

  9. Nan says:

    Saint Maximilan Kolbe says you’re wrong.

  10. Joel says:

    Ahh, the myth of Hitler’s Chrisitans propagated again. Everyone who has a sincere desire to investigate the spiritual force behind the Nazis knows all about Hitler’s pagan ideology which all Christians are staunch opponents of. Please pay attention to Darwinian Evilution’s move from the realm of theory to the realm of practice.

    A real point of interest is that Sanger’s colleagues constituted Hitler’s board of advisors! How come no one pays attention to that!? No one thinks to consider that the Nazis went along part and parcel with the founders of Planned Parenthood when they are trying to draw connections to Hitler and the Church. The pope was opposed to that ideology then just as our current one is now.

  11. Joel says:

    Also if the Church was such a big supporter of the Nazis then how come there were so many of them in the concentration camps?

  12. Dr. Eric says:

    Nan,

    St. Edith Stein agrees with St. Maximilian Kolbe.

  13. Gwunderi says:

    Einstein never made this statement printed in the “Times”.
    Mrs Barbara Wolff of the Einstein Archives in Jerusalem says:
    «It turns out that the Einstein Archives contain an unpublished letter mentioning this topic specifically. Writing to Count Montgelas on March 28, 1947, Einstein explained that early in the Hitler years he had casually mentioned to some journalist that hardly any German intellectuals except a few churchmen were supporting individual rights and intellectual freedom. He added that this statement had subsequently been drastically exaggerated beyond anything that he could recognize as his own.»
    Here is the whole: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/06-01-05

    She concludes – and I fully agree: it “is definitely better suited to serve the purpose of revealing how Einstein was (ab)used, than to present Einstein’s point of view.”

    What I thought about “Einstein’s” statement (before I found the above):
    Would the statement, if really made by Einstein, not rather speak against Pius XII and not in his favour?

    When did Einstein make this alleged statement?
    He left Germany in 1932, so if it’s his own personal experience it must have been before 1932. It also sounds as if it was his personal experience: “I looked …”. But the article reads as if it was a short time after the Nazi takeover in 1933: ” … [they] immediately were silenced”, “… [they] were silenced in a few short weeks.”

    He surely can’t refer to Pius XII: 1. He speaks of “the Church” and not of the “Catholic Church” – 2. and more important: He says “When the revolution came in Germany …”, so he refers to the time long before 1939 when Pacelli became Pius XII.

    But even if he really stated: “Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth.” – Than this would rather speak against Pius XII and not in his favour:
    Before spring 1933, the nazis were not allowed to attend (catholic) masses, they were denied a christian burial and other sacraments. With the “Enabling Act” of March 1933, who gave Hitler dictatorial power, catholics were suddenly allowed to join the nazi party, and the clergy was forbidden to be politically active (to protest).
    The Enabling Act could only pass because Bishop Kaas of the catholic “Zentrum party”, a close friend to Pacelli (Pius XII), pressed for its acceptance (to obtain the needed 2/3 votes).
    Like the “Concordat” a few months later, which was the work mainly of Pacelli, and gave the Hitler regime legitimacy: article 16 even imposes that bishops must swear to obbey unconditionately (!) the Reich and Hitler.

    So if Einstein really spoke about clergymen opposing Hitler, that only would prove that before Pacelli’s (Pius XII) “interventions”, the catholic Church was against Hitler – and became “respectable” only by his same interventions. (If there was need of a further proof.)

  14. Michael says:

    Much of this garbage is published by individuals who are, although ethnically Jews, both antisemites and anticatholic by their orientation; with the aim to undermine the present process of mutual reconciliation.

  15. Not to fan the flames of your one-crusader crusade and paranoia…

    But the logical error that you have here involves presumption and a pre-determined conclusion… More accurately, the idea that “they” admit it is neither accurate nor exact enough to draw the conclusion you want it to lead to.. How so?

    Well for a Catholic and a Muslim to both offer that they worship the God of Abraham is not the same as saying that Catholics give ascent to the theological notions of the Mohammedans.

    Adderall is a stimulant folks with ADD/ADHD and folks with narcolepsy are prescribed to treat their disorders. It is 97% the identical in molecular structure to cocaine. Both a crack addict and an Adderall user will swear that this narcotic – at its base so similar, but critically different where it matters! – help them to function.

    Does that mean the person with ADD who takes 20mg of Adderall a day is giving a thumbs up to the lifestyle of a crack addict?

    No.

  16. I am certain that you need no reminding, but to state the obvious, you are truly blessed with such a unique opportunity to study with – by her fruits you can tell! – a gifted master.

    Truly your actions merit that each and every time the faithful pray “Sanctify those who love the beauty of your house” you have a share in those prayers.

  17. “~ reX has never once STATED OR even given rise to the IDEA OR IGNORANT DELUSON THAT YOU CLAIM reX has

    SOMEHOW SAID THAT ” Catholics GAVE RISE to the theological notions of the Mohammedans. ””

    Please quote me exactly supporting this. Lift the text from my comment unaltered, please.

    Why are you speaking of yourself in the third person?

    Why are you being crude?

  18. Listen Preston, are you feeling extra rexual? You are not fooling anyone, you are Rex, complete with your weird affected typing style and bad grammar.

    At least when you are typing your weird delusional posts not based in any reality, you aren’t on the street bothering people in person.

    Small favors!

  19. o glave says:

    YES, Einstein DID in FACT make this statement. Time Magazine is not some skeptics rag which is why, 70 years later, it is STILL in business. Credibility is EVERYTHING in decent journalism, not to mention–> publishing. Sorry guys, your just gonna have to admit it.

    But if not, I guess you also believe that May 26, 1955 never happened either. On this day in history, ‘children’, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert at, wait for it, THE VATICAN!! They played Beethoven’s 7th Symphony as a gesture of gratitude and friendship to Pius XII AND the CATHOLIC Church for all they had done to rescue Jews from the Terror. As a matter of state policy, the IPO has never played the music of Richard Wagner because of his well known reputation as Hitler’s Composer, a man Hitler himself called ‘the Cultural Patron Saint of the 3rd Reich.’ Now, during the 1950′s in Israel, at a time when hundreds of thousands of it’s citizens (Jews, in case you were wondering) were themselves Holocaust survivors, it is INCONCEIVABLE to believe that the Israeli government would have paid $$ for an entire orchestra to travel to Rome to pay tribute to ‘Hitler’s POPE’!–>which is I suspect where some of you are getting your skeptical info from. Problem with skeptics is that they never bother to check their sources. In this case, John Cornwell, the author of this trash, is an angry, lapsed catholic, an ex- seminarian in fact, who uses the sufferings of Jews more than 70 years ago, to try and force changes on the Traditional Catholic church today. Don’t be fooled by his job at Cambridge. Anyone who is educated properly knows he’s just in it for the money—teachers aren’t paid that well, no surprise there. I find it reprehensible that ANYONE would usurp the Holocaust and use it in such an obviously partisan debate. It undercuts the credibility of Jews AND Catholics of that time who gave witness testimony of their experiences during these horrid events.

    It is also ABSURD to think Einstein NEVER made this quote or never would have seen it OR retracted it which, most certainly, would have made the legitimate press.

    But take heart all you skeptics and conspiracy theorists…(whispering)there ARE aliens among us!

  20. o glave says:

    Btw, it’s not the ‘Times’,it’s TIME MAGAZINE, DEC 23, 1940, PAGE 38. You couldn’t even get THAT fact correct.

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