What would everyone think if Martin Luther King, Jr. had been named Adolf Hitler King, Jr.? I ask because Martin Luther was Adolf Hitler, just 400 years earlier. In many ways both Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler are synonymous.
The following was written by William L. Shirer, who pointed out in his original text, that he too was a Protestant:
It is difficult to understand the behavior of most German Protestants in the first Nazi years unless one is aware of two things: their history and the influence of Martin Luther. The great founder of Protestantism was both a passionate anti-Semite and a ferocious believer in absolute obedience to political authority. He wanted Germany rid of the Jews and when they were sent away he advised that they be deprived of “all their cash and jewels and gold” and, furthermore, “that their synagogues or schools be set on fire, that their houses be broken up and destroyed… and they be put under a roof or stable, like the gypsies… in misery and captivity as they incessantly lament and complain to God about us”–advice that was literally followed four centuries later by Hitler, Goering and Himmler. (more…)