Religion: Me und Gott

Last week the Nazi leaders, conscious of a need to bring otherworldly comfort to their blitzed home front, were rapidly converting from heathen Wotan worship to Christianity. Some notable conversions:

¶The Hamburger Fremdenblatt, which in a Christmas editorial exhorted bombed-out Germans to forget their "sorrow over the loss of goods and chattels," by meditating upon "indestructible things," suggested that religion "has again become modern."

¶Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler and Chief Storm Trooper Wilhelm Schepmann, who ordered their men to attend church services on Christmas Day.

¶Most staggering conversion was that of hitherto fiercely anti-Christian...

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