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A Woman Rides the Beast #7

Background to the Holocaust


by Dave Hunt

God's holy providence has provided that in a decisive hour he
[Hitler] be entrusted with the leadership of the German people.

From an article in Klerusblatt, organ of the Bavarian Association
of Diocesan Priests, honoring Hitler on his fiftieth birthday,
April 20, 1939.

The (Nazi] movement for freeing the world from the Jews is a
movement for the renaissance of human dignity. The all-wise and
Almighty God is behind (his movement).

Fr.Franjo Kralik in a Zagreb Catholic newspaper, 1941


     The approval of Hitler by Catholic prelates and their
statements about "freeing the world from the Jews" seem shocking.
Yet they only reflect Catholicism's historic treatment of the
Jews. Hitler justified his "final solution" by pointing out that
the Church had oppressed and killed Jews for centuries. How
amazing that those who claimed to be the followers of Christ and
successors of Peter could "persecute the race from which Peter -
and Jesus - sprang"  Yet they did it in the name of Christ and
felt justified thereby.

     Roman Catholics were taught they had replaced the Jews as
God's chosen people. The land of Israel, promised by God to the
descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, now belonged to
"Christian" Rome. She became the "new Zion," the "Eternal City,"
and "The Holy City," titles which God had given to Jerusalem
alone. Papal armies fought to expand "the Kingdom of God." As a
nineteenth-century historian reminds us, "The territory under the
immediate dominion of the Pope was enlarged whenever war or
treaty could increase it; and the inhabitants had to pay the
utmost taxes they could bear."

A Great Reproach upon Christ

     Those who called themselves vicars of Christ have brought   
great reproach upon the name of Christ by their treatment of the
Jews. The latter mistakenly equate Catholicism with Christianity.
The Jews who were persecuted through the centuries by the Roman
Catholic Church didn't realize that there were millions of
Christians outside that Church - Christians who did not persecute
God's chosen people and were themselves persecuted and killed by
Catholics in far greater numbers than were the Jews.
     Consider the following indictment of "Christianity" from a
scholarly rabbinical treatise on the Holocaust. Note that Roman
Catholicism is critiqued, not evangelical Christianity, which the
author and his Jewish readers may not even know exists. This is
from the chapter titled "The Christian Role [in the Holocaust]":

"... without Christianity, the success of Nazism would not have
been possible.... Were it not for the fact that dozens of
generations in Europe had been imbued with religious hatred, the
growth of racist hatred towards Jewry in modem times could not
have taken place.
Furthermore, [all] through the Holocaust, the Vatican refrained
from protesting the murder, and by and large stood aside,
rescuing only a tiny few. To this day the Vatican refuses
scholars full access to the documents of the period. It has been
established, however, that the Vatican was among the first in the
world to know about the genocide, and it did nothing to publicize
the information (see Walter Laquer, 'The Terrible Secret')....
[It] is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Pope's
inaction indicated tacit approval.... Even when the Church
engaged in isolated rescue activities, the motive seems to have
been to bring the rescued Jews into the bosom of Christianity.
Thousands of Jewish children were taken into monasteries, and
after the war, many were not returned to their people and faith
even after relatives pleaded for their release.
With unparalleled cynicism, many Christians still see the
Holocaust as a heavenly punishment for the Jews' failure to
accept Christianity."

     The rabbi continues to analyze "Christianity" as he sees it
(all he knows is Roman Catholicism) in his attempt to understand
the reason for its moral failure in relation to the Holocaust.
His observations and arguments are devastating, yet he doesn't
know that there are millions of true Christians who would agree
with his critique of the false religion of Rome. One would think
he had never heard of the Reformation and Protestants who don't
have "monks" and whose ministers marry:

"The priests of Christianity [Catholicism] are forbidden to
marry, and its monks, living lives of self-affliction isolate
themselves from human society. The religion is not one which can
easily be put into practice.... The notion that it can be, leads
to incomparable hypocrisy...
Over the years, Christianity [Catholicism] gave rise to a number
of mystic cults, some of which distinguished themselves by their
affinity for the lowest forms of moral abomination. The Christian
[Catholic] process of repentance also led to the commission of
grave crimes. When automatic atonement is offered to those who
confess before a priest, the temptation to sin is greatly
While murder, robbery, and rape were all but unheard of within
medieval Jewish communities, these acts were commonplace within
devoutly Christian [Catholic] Europe. The spiritual salvation
promised by Christianity found no concrete expressions."

Anti-Semitism at Work

     The rabbi's critique of Catholicism is right on the mark.
The tragedy is that he thinks he is dealing with Christianity.
From the time the popes ruled Rome, the Jews' plight - in the
name of Jesus Christ the Jew - was far more grievous than it had
ever been at the hands of pagan rulers. Pagans had blamed every
disaster upon Christians. Now the Roman Catholic Church blamed
all on the Jews. Accused of causing the Black Death, Jews were
rounded up and hanged, burned, and drowned by the thousands in
     A rare pope now and then sought to ameliorate the Jews'
situation. Gregory I "forbade the compulsory conversion of Jews,
and maintained their rights of Roman citizenship in lands under
his rule.... To the bishop of Naples he wrote: 'Do not allow the
Jews to be molested in the performance of their [religious]
services.' Alexander III was "friendly to Jews, and employed one
to manage his finances." Innocent III "led the Fourth Lateran
Council in its demand for a Jewish badge, and laid down the
principle that all Jews were doomed to perpetual servitude
because they had crucified Jesus." Yet "he reiterated papal
injunctions against forcible conversions, and added: "No
Christian shall do the Jews any personal injury ... or deprive
them of their possessions...." (Yet he massacred tens of
thousands of Christians.) Gregory IX, though the founder of the
Inquisition, "exempted the Jews from its operation or
jurisdiction except when they tried to Judaize Christians, or
attacked Christianity, or reverted to Judaism after conversion to
Christianity. In 1235 he issued a bull denouncing mob violence
against Jews. Innocent IV "repudiated the legend of the ritual
murder of Christian children by Jews."
     In spite of the above, the general picture was one of
persecution of Jews by the Church. Numerous councils and papal
bulls dealt with this issue, as the following will illustrate:

"The Council of Vienna (1311) forbade all intercourse between
Christians and Jews. The Council of Zamora (1313) ruled that they
must be kept in strict subjection and servitude. The Council of
Basel (1431-33) renewed canonical decrees forbidding Christians
to associate with Jews ... and instructed secular authorities to
confine the Jews in separate quarters, compel them to wear a
distinguishing badge, and ensure their attendance at sermons
aimed to convert them.
Pope Eugenius IV (1431-47)... added that Jews should be
ineligible for any public office, could not inherit property from
Christians, must build no more synagogues, and must stay in their
homes, behind closed doors and windows, in Passion Week (a wise
provision against Christian violence)....
In a later bull Eugenius ordered that any Italian Jew found
reading Talmudic literature should suffer confiscation of his
property. Pope Nicholas V commissioned St.John of Capistrano
(1447) to see to it that every clause of this repressive
legislation should be enforced, and authorized him to seize the
property of any Jewish physician who treated a Christian ."

     More than 100 anti-Semitic documents were published by the
Roman Catholic Church between the sixth and twentieth centuries.
Anti-Semitism became official Church doctrine. The rationale was
that "Christ crucifiers" had no rights in God's holy kingdom, the
land of Israel no longer belonged to the Jews but to Christians,
and the Church had to wrest the land from the possession of both
Arabs and Jews.
     The Catholic Church has no comprehension of Bible prophecies
concerning the return of Jews to Israel and of the Messiah
returning to reign from the throne of His father David. Rome
calls itself the New Jerusalem; old Jerusalem and the Jews are no
longer part of God's plan. In 1862, La Civilta, the semi-official
voice of the Vatican, echoed a belief held for centuries by
declaring: "As the Jews were formerly God's people, so are the
Romans [Catholics] under the New Covenant." It was only natural
that such teaching would nurture and sustain anti-Semitism.

The Historical Record

     To raise an army for the First Crusade, Pope Urban II
promised instant entrance into heaven without purgatory for all
who fell in that great cause. The knights and knaves who
responded with enthusiasm to that deceitful promise left a trail
of mayhem, plunder, and murder on their way to Jerusalem, where
they massacred all Arabs and Jews. One of the first acts after
their triumphal entry into Jerusalem was to herd the Jews into
the synagogue and set it ablaze. On their way to the Holy Land,
the Crusaders gave the Jews the choice of baptism or death. De
Rosa recounts:

"In the year 1096 half of the Jews of Worms were slaughtered as
the Crusaders passed through the town. The rest fled to the
bishop's residence for protection. He agreed to save them, on
condition that they asked to be baptized. The Jews retired to
consider their decision. When the doors of the audience chamber
were opened, all 800 Jews inside were dead. Some were
decapitated; fathers had killed their babes before turning
their knives on their wives and themselves; a groom had slain his
bride. The first-century tragedy of Masada was repeated
everywhere in Germany and, later, throughout France."

     During the brief pontificate of Pope Paul IV (1555-9), the
population of Rome was decimated by almost half, with the Jews
the main victims. Three hundred years earlier the church had put
Jews in ghettos and "obliged them to wear on their chest, to
their public shame, a yellow circle of cloth," but enforcement of
that edict had become lax. Pope Paul IV issued, on July 17, 1555,
a landmark anti-Semitic bull, "Cum nimis absurdum." It returned
Jews to their ghettos, forced them to sell their properties at
huge losses, and reduced them to the status of slaves and rag
     Marriage between a Christian and a Jew was punishable by
     One synagogue was allowed in each city; the others were
destroyed, seven out of the eight in Rome suffering that fate.
While still a cardinal, Paul IV had burned the Jews' books,
including the Talmud, and no replacements were allowed. These are
only some of the indignities and crimes the Jews suffered by this
bull, which set a pattern that lasted for another three

     Pope Gregory XIII declared that the guilt of Jews in
crucifying Christ "only grows deeper with successive generations,
entailing perpetual slavery." Subsequent popes continued the

"A succession of popes reinforced the ancient prejudices against
Jews, treating them as lepers unworthy of the protection of the
law. Pius VII followed by Leo II, Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, Pius
IX - a good pupils of Paul IV.
Eleven days after Rome fell, on 2 October 1870, the Jews, by a
royal decree, were given the freedom which the papacy had denied
them for over fifteen hundred years. The last ghetto in Europe
[at that time] was dismantled. 

Forced Conversions

     Catholicism's doctrine of infant baptism destroyed the truth
that one becomes a Christian not by any work or ritual but by
responding to the offer of God's grace through personal faith in
Christ. Since baptism automatically saved, Pope Leo III decreed
forcible baptism of Jews. At times, Jews were given the option of
professing to believe in Christ, or death - or in some cases
merely imprisonment or expulsion from the region. The famous
rabbinical authority, philosopher, and physician Maimonides fled
Spain to Morocco to escape such an edict, and then to Egypt in
1135. Today's visitors to the former Jewish quarters in Spain
receive pamphlets providing some of the tragic history, such as
the following from the city of Girona.

"On March 31, 1492, Ferdinand and Isabel of Castile and Aragon,
known as the Catholic Monarchs, issued the edict expelling the
Jews from Spanish territory... [they had] no other choice but
renunciation of religious belief or compulsory expatriation.
Those who chose to convert to Christianity in order to avoid
expulsion faced the full fury of the Inquisition, which had
already begun to prosecute heretics in Girona in 1490.... Some
Jewish families were virtually wiped out at the hands of the
     Baptizing an infidel assured one's passage to heaven. Jewish
children were sprinkled forcibly with water and declared to be
"Christians" by those who imagined they had thereby guaranteed
themselves a heavenly abode. Benedict XIV (1740-58) supported
this terror by ruling that a child, though baptized against its
own and its parents' will, was nevertheless a Roman Catholic. If
these unwilling "converts" thereafter denied their new "faith"
they were then heretics, with the dire consequences attached to
that label.

     Similar crimes continued for centuries. For example, in 1858
Pius IX ordered his papal police to take the seven-year-old son
of wealthy Jewish parents from them and put him into a Catholic
boarding school. A Catholic maid had, without the parents'
knowledge or consent, baptized the boy, Edgar Mortars, shortly
after his birth, thus allegedly making him a member of the Roman
Catholic Church.
     When the parents pleaded with the pope to return their
child, he replied in typical papal fashion (referring to the
adverse publicity the case had aroused in newspapers), "I don't
care a rap for the whole world!" Hasler continues the story:

"The pope treated the young secretary of the Jewish community,
Sabatino Scazzocchio, with particular cruelty and humiliated him
so badly that he suffered a protracted nervous breakdown.
Two years later Pius IX displayed Edgar Mortara, now dressed in a
seminarian's robe, to the Jews of Rome."

Foundation for the Holocaust

     Surely "Shoah's" authors, rabbis Schwartz and Goldstein, are
accurate in saying that Roman Catholicism's (though they think it
is Christianity's) centuries-long persecution of the Jews laid
the foundation for what was yet to come, the Nazi Holocaust. The
Catholic Church bears a large responsibility for that horrendous
crime. Most of the overseers of the massacre of the Jews were
Catholics. The long-time persecution and slaughter of Jews by the
Church undoubtedly helped Catholic persecutors to justify their
     Shock waves went through the international media on May 26,
1994, when these headlines came across the Associated Press wire:

"VATICAN TO TAKE HOLOCAUST BLAME." The amazing article, datelined
Jerusalem, stated: "The Roman Catholic Church is drafting a
document that acknowledges the church fostered centuries of
anti-Semitism and failed to stop the Holocaust, a report released
Wednesday said.... Rabbi David Rosen, an Israeli negotiator with
the Vatican, gave the report on the draft document to Israel
during talks this week in Jerusalem ..... 'It's not just
important,' Rosen said. 'It's mind-boggling.'.... The report also
says the document will declare that 'the tradition of theological
and church anti-Judaism was an important element on the way
toward the Holocaust."

     The following day a denial came from the Vatican, reminding
the world that while "Pope John Paul II has repeatedly denounced
anti-Semitism ... he has always defended previous popes against
accusations they were silent about the Holocaust." Chief Vatican
spokesman Joaquin Navarro explained that the document referred to
in the news report the day before was "not in any way a draft of
a document prepared by the Holy See, but rather by the Polish and
German Episcopal Conferences."  Thus the Vatican continues to
deny what the rest of the world knows is the truth.

     Numerous examples could be given showing that Catholicism
prepared the way for the Holocaust, but we must confine ourselves
to just a few. A Catholic Church in Deggendorf, Bavaria, had for
centuries displayed a picture commemorating that town's historic
slaughter of all Jews "out of legitimate zeal pleasing to God."
The inscription under the picture read: "God grant that our
father-land be forever free from this hellish scum."  The
display offended neither people nor prelates, being consistent
with Roman Catholicism's historic treatment of Jews. A French
Jewish scholar concluded that the Church had actually prepared
the German Catholics for Hitler:

"Without centuries of Christian [Roman Catholic] catechism,
preaching and vituperation, the Hitlerian teachings, propaganda
and vituperation would not have been possible."

Hitler's Rise to Power

     At first the Church was opposed to Hitler. "After the
smashing election victory of the Nazis in 1930, representatives
of all important Catholic organizations met ... to discuss ways
of halting the threatening brown tide." But after the July 1932
Reichstag elections, during which "the National Socialists
polled 37.4 percent of the popular vote and elected 230
deputies... [snaking] them the largest single party in the
Reichstag," the Catholic Bishops began to ease their criticism.
     In spite of the fact that "all dioceses had declared
membership in the Nazi party to be inadmissible," hundreds of
thousands of Catholics had joined and probably several million
were supporting it with their votes. Why chase these good
Catholics from the Church? After all, the pope and cardinals in
Italy praised and supported Mussolini's Fascist party there, so
why not in Germany?
     On March 13, 1933, at a conference of Bavarian bishops,
Cardinal Faulhaber, just back from Rome, reported that "the Holy
Father, Pius XI, had publicly praised the Chancellor Adolf Hitler
for the stand which he had taken against Communism.... [R]eports
were circulating again that the Vatican was anxious for the
friendly co-operation of German Catholics with the Hitler

     On March 23, Hitler announced that "the government of the
Reich, (which] regards Christianity (Catholicism] as the
unshakable foundation of the morals and the moral code of the
nation, attach[es] the greatest value to friendly relations with
the Holy See and [is] endeavoring to develop them." Five days
later the German bishops publicly withdrew their previous
opposition to the Nazi Party.  The strategy that Hitler had
earlier outlined to Rauschning was working:

"We should trap the priests by their notorious greed and
self-indulgence. We shall thus be able to settle everything with
them in perfect peace and hammy... Why should we quarrel? They
will swallow anything in order to keep their material

The Church and the Third Reich

     Catholics in increasing numbers rallied to the support of
Hitler's Third Reich. Organizations such as "Kreuz and Adler"
(Cross and Eagle) were formed with leading Catholic professors of
theology such as Otto Schilling and Theodor Brauer, newspapermen
like Emil Ritter and Eugen Kogon, and other Catholic leaders
pledged to support the new Nazi Regime. Hitler assured the Church
it had nothing to fear from National Socialism so long as it
cooperated fully. The bishops "called for the support of the
government's program of 'spiritual, moral and
economic rejuvenation.'"

     That Hitler was a Catholic in good standing made his
promises of peaceful partnership with the Church believable. He
had been raised in a traditional Catholic family, had regularly
attended Mass, had served as an altar boy, had hoped at one time
to become a priest, and had attended school as a boy in a
Benedictine monastery at Lambach. The abbot was heavily involved
in the occult and Eastern mysticism, and it was at this monastery
that Hitler first encountered the Hindu swastika which he later
adopted. Nor did Hitler neglect to attend Catholic Church
services from time to time even after he came to power.
G.S.Graber, a specialist on the history of the SS, informs us
that "Himmler's Catholicism was very important to him. He
attended church regularly, took Communion, confessed, and
prayed." Himmler's December 15, 1919, entry in his diary read:

"Come what may, I shall always love God, shall pray to Him, shall
remain faithful to the Catholic Church, and shall defend it ...."

     After the war, escape was the paramount aim for SS members,
of which nearly one-quarter were Catholics. Many would be
successful in eluding Allied justice and reaching havens, mainly
in South America. Tens of thousands of the worst Nazi war
criminals - most of them Catholics - would travel the secret
"Ratlines" to a new life. The principle agent in their escape
would be the Vatican.
     Himmler was able to compartmentalize his life so that, as
head of the infamous SS, he could oversee the murder of millions
of people with the stroke of a pen or by verbal orders to his
underlings through his vast organization, but could not pull the
trigger himself. He was willing to wipe out the Jews or any other
elements in society that he deemed undesirable. However, "he did
not want to see [with his own eyes] the blood flow... because
this would induce soul-searching, not to mention stomach cramps."

     An audio and typed copy with authenticated handwritten notes
of Himmler's October 4, 1943, speech in Posen, Poland, to 100
German secret police generals was recently discovered and is on
display in the new Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. In it
Himmler said:

"I also want to talk to you, quite frankly, on a very grave
matter. Among ourselves it should be mentioned quite frankly, and
yet we will never speak of it publicly.
I mean... the extermination of the Jewish race. This is a page of
glory in our history which has never been written and is never to
be written."

     SS Colonel Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz and one of
the greatest mass murderers in history, was also raised in a
devoutly Catholic family that hoped to see him become a priest.
He was devoted to his family, fond of animals, and a fanatical
believer in Hitler's Nazi religion. In his autobiography he said:

"Let the public continue to regard me as the blood-thirsty beast,
the cruel sadist ... [they] could not understand that [the
Commandant of Auschwitz] had a heart and that he was not evil."

     The SS, in many respects, was patterned after the Jesuit
Order, which Himmler had studied and admired. Amazingly, the SS
oath ended "So help me God" Its catechism "consisted of a series
of questions and answers along the following lines: Q: Why do we
believe in Germany and the Fuehrer? A: Because we believe in God,
we believe in Germany which He created in His world and in the
Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, whom He has sent to us."

     The Jews could be exterminated in the name of God by good
Catholics because for centuries their Church had demonstrated
this to be God's will by its relentless persecution and slaughter
of those despised "Christ-rejecters."

     From the very beginning Hitler, who was "well aware of the
[Catholic] Church's long anti-Jewish record," made no secret of
his plans for the Jews. Meeting with Church representatives
Bishop Berning and Monsignor Steinmann on April 26, 1933, "he
reminded his visitors that the [Catholic] Church for 1500 years
had regarded the Jews as parasites, had banished them into
ghettos, and had forbidden Christians to work for them.... He,
Hitler, merely intended to do more effectively what the Church
had attempted to accomplish for so long."

     There is no indication that the two Catholic prelates
disagreed with him. How could they without denouncing numerous
infallible popes and their own infallible Church?


Dave Hunt gives 30 "references" for his quotations in this


Again, time has a way of forgetting or pushing under the rug,
what the Roman Catholic church DID or DID NOT do, concerning the
Second World War. And the new generations of Catholics will
probably never be taught the past histories of their "universal"
("Catholic" means "universal') church, unless they are willing to
search out the histories for themselves. If you gave them such a
book as "A Woman Rides the Beast" by Dave Hunt, the vast majority
of Catholics would NOT accept it, and claim it is all lies by
some fellow who does not like the Roman Catholic church. Such is
the depths of the GREAT DECEPTION of the Woman that rides the
She will YET, when the world situation is right, mount up and
RIDE WITH POWER AND DESTRUCTION the Beast she has ridden before.
She is a very fine rider, as she has had CENTURIES in practicing
her riding of secular governments.

Keith Hunt

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