The Wrath Prophecied Before the Wrath


   Angels and Demons or Angel of Light     © George Grie,  March 2008

In 1933 Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and quickly outmaneuvered his rivals by removing the conservatives from any real participation in government. By July 1933 he had abolished the free trade unions, eliminated the Communists, Social Democrats and Jews from any role in political life as well as sweeping opponents into concentration camps. The staged Reichstag fire of February 27, 1933 provided him with the perfect pretext to begin consolidating the beginnings of a totalitarian one-party State, and special “enabling laws.” These were ramrodded through the Reichstag to legalize the regime’s intimidating tactics under the guise of protecting the nation from terrorist’s attacks such as the Reichstag fire.

With support from the nationalists, Hitler gained a majority at the last “democratic” elections held in Germany on March 5, 1933 and with exceptional skill he used persuasion, propaganda, terror and intimidation to secure power. The seductive notions of “National Awakening” and a “Legal Revolution” helped paralyze potential opposition and disguise the reality of autocratic power behind a facade of traditional institutions. He promised to fundamentally make over their country from its evil status run by what he called the “November Criminals.” That is how he referred to the German politicians of the Weimar Republic who signed the Treaty of Versailles surrendering their sovereignty at the end of World War I.

The destruction of the radical SA (Hitler’s personal army) leadership under Ernst Rohm in the Blood Purge of June 1934 (“Night of the Long Knives”) confirmed Hitler as undisputed dictator of the Third Reich. By the beginning of August, when he united the positions of Führer and Chancellor on the death of von Hindenburg, he had all the powers of State in his hands. Hitler allowed subordinates like Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels to mark out their own domains of arbitrary power and avoided any institutionalization of authority and status that could challenge his own undisputed position as supreme arbiter.

A conference of ministers was held on August 20, 1935, to discuss the economic effects of Party actions against Jews.[i] Adolf Wagner, the Party representative at the conference, argued that such actions would cease, once the Government decided on a firm policy against the Jews. The following month two measures were announced at the annual Party Rally in Nuremberg, becoming known as the Nuremberg Laws. Both measures were hastily improvised (there was even a shortage of drafting paper so that menu cards had to be used) and Jewish experts from the Ministry of the Interior were ordered to Nuremberg by plane.

The first law, The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor, prohibited marriages and extra-marital intercourse between “Jews ” (the name was now officially used in place of “non-Aryans ”) and “Germans ” and also the employment of “German ” females under forty-five in Jewish households.

Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor

(September15, 1935)

Article 1

1. Marriages between Jews and citizens of German or kindred blood are forbidden. Marriages concluded in defiance of this law are void, even if, for the purpose of evading this law, they were concluded abroad.

2. Proceedings for annulment may be initiated only by the Public Prosecutor.

Section 2

Sexual relations outside marriage between Jews and nationals of German or kindred blood are forbidden.

Section 3

Jews will not be permitted to employ female citizens of German or kindred blood as domestic servants.

Section 4

1. Jews are forbidden to display the Reich and national flag or the national colors.

2. On the other hand they are permitted to display the Jewish colors. The exercise of this right is protected by the State.

Section 5

1. A person who acts contrary to the prohibition of Section 1 will be punished with hard labour.

2. A person who acts contrary to the prohibition of Section 2 will be punished with imprisonment or with hard labour.

3. A person who acts contrary to the provisions of Sections 3 or

4 will be punished with imprisonment up to a year and with a fine, or with one of these penalties.

Section 6

The Reich Minister of the Interior in agreement with the Deputy Führer and the Reich Minister of Justice will issue the legal and administrative regulations required for the enforcement and supplementing of this law.

Section 7

The law will become effective on the day after its promulgation; Section 3, however, not until 1 January 1936.[ii]

The second law, The Reich Citizenship Law, stripped Jews of their German citizenship and introduced a new distinction between “Reich citizens ” and “nationals. 

The Reich Citizenship Law

(September 15, 1933)

Article I

1. A subject of the State is a person who belongs to the protective union of the German Reich, and who therefore has particular obligations towards the Reich.

2. The status of subject is acquired in accordance with the provisions of the Reich and State Law of Citizenship.

Article 2

1. A citizen of the Reich is that subject only who is of German or kindred blood and who, through his conduct, shows that he is both desirous and fit to serve the German people and Reich faithfully.

2. The right to citizenship is acquired by the granting of Reich citizenship papers.

3. Only the citizen of the Reich enjoys full political rights in accordance with the provision of the laws.

Article 3

The Reich Minister of the Interior in conjunction with the Deputy of the Führer will issue the necessary legal and administrative decrees for carrying out and supplementing this law.[iii

The Nuremberg Laws by their general nature formalized the unofficial and particular measures taken against Jews up to 1935. The Nazi leaders made a point of stressing the consistency of this legislation with the Party program, which demanded that Jews should be deprived of their rights as citizens. Although the Jews were being forced out of the country after the Nuremberg Laws, the German government began forced deportation of Jews. Most of the deportations were to Poland. Since the Russian Tsars had sent many Jews to the Pale (which was in Eastern Poland and the Ukraine) the population of Jews there significantly increased.

During the next four years Hitler enjoyed a succession of domestic and international successes, outwitting rival political leaders abroad just as he had defeated his opposition at home. In 1935 he abandoned the Versailles Treaty and began to build up the army by conscripting five times its permitted number. He persuaded Great Britain to allow an increase in Germany’s naval construction program and in March 1936 he occupied the demilitarized Rhineland without opposition.

One of the first veiled anti-Jewish official attacks on the Jews occurred on November 8-9, 1938 and has been called the “Kristallnacht”. This is a German word referring to the nights of “broken glass.” It was a pogrom in Nazi Germany against the Jews. On a single night, ninety-one Jews were murdered, and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and deported to concentration camp. [iv] The Nazis coordinated an attack on Jewish people and their property in Germany and German-controlled lands as a part of Hitler’s anti-Jewish policy.  The precipitating event occurred on November 8, 1938, when Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year old German Jew enraged by his family’s expulsion from Germany, walked into the German Embassy in Paris and fired five shots at a junior diplomat, Ernst vom Rath. Two days later, the diplomat died and Germany was in the grip of skillfully orchestrated anti-Jewish violence. In the early hours of November 10, an orgy of coordinated destruction broke out in cities, towns and villages throughout the Third Reich. The consequences of this violence were disastrous for the Jews living within the Third Reich. In a single night, Kristallnacht saw the destruction of more than two thousand Synagogues, and the ransacking of tens of thousands of Jewish businesses and homes. It marked the beginning of the systematic eradication of a people in Germany who could trace their ancestry to Abraham 2050 B.C., and served as a prelude to the Holocaust that was to follow. Hitler did not claim to be responsible for this pogrom although it was fully orchestrated by Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels stated that it was a “spontaneous demonstration of the German people in reaction to the news of the murder in Paris.” [v] Such was the typical Nazi denial of any personal responsibility to Jewish directed atrocities in Germany.

The German rearmament program led to full employment and an unrestrained expansion of production, which was reinforced by his foreign policy successes. The Rome-Berlin pact of 1936, the Anschluss with Austria and the “liberation” of the Sudeten Germans in 1938 brought Hitler to the height of his popularity. In February 1938 he dismissed sixteen senior generals and took personal command of the armed forces, thus ensuring that he had total control of the military for implementing his own agenda. That same year Time magazine named him “Man of the Year.”

As the Nazi blitzkrieg war marched into Poland on September 1, 1939 the SS and The Gestapo followed after quickly setting up the concentration and extermination camps while rounding the Jews in ghettos. They called the occupied areas the “Generalgouvernement” [vi] and   the capital was Cracow. It was an autonomous entity separate from the German government led by Hans Frank and run exclusively by Germans or those of German descent.[vii] It included Poland and the far eastern areas of Germany. There they immediately began persecuting and killing Jews. The methods first used were machine gunning and firing squads. With the huge industrial levels of genocide expected these methods proved to be too slow and too expensive. Soon after the “Final Solution” was devised in 1941.The first crematorium was operational in Auschwitz in August 1940 but it was not until autumn of 1941 that Zyklon B gas began to be used to expedite the mass murders.

Hydrogen cyanide HCN, prussic acid, is a chemical compound in the form of a powerfully poisonous, volatile colorless liquid with the odor of bitter almonds. Prussic acid is considered a battlefield poison agent. Its action depends on the restraint of cellular respiration as a result of neutralizing the respiratory enzymes. Prussic acid passes through the mucous membranes and the skin, but principally through the lungs, into the blood. It blocks the process by which oxygen is released from red blood corpuscles and the result is a sort of internal asphyxiation. This is accompanied by symptoms of injury to the respiratory system, combined with a feeling of fear, dizziness and vomiting.[viii]

 Zyklon B was used in Germany before and during the Second World War for disinfection and pest extermination. In the Auschwitz concentration camp as well, it was used exclusively for sanitation and pest control until mid 1941. After the end of August 1941, Zyklon was used in the camp as an

Extermination camps were killing centers designed to carry out Jewish genocide. Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis established six extermination camps in former Polish territory. Those camps were: Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz-Birkenau (part of the Auschwitz complex), and Majdanek. Chelmno and Auschwitz were established in areas annexed to Germany in 1939. The other camps (Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, and Majdanek) were established in the Generalgouvernement (General Government) of Poland. Both Auschwitz and Majdanek functioned as concentration and forced-labor camps as well as killing centers. The overwhelming majority of the victims of the extermination camps were Jews. An estimated 3.3 million Jews were killed in these six extermination camps as part of the “Final Solution.” Other victims included Roma (Gypsies) and Soviet prisoners of war. This is the inevitable result of Replacement Theology. It still goes on today and is believed by many so-called Christians. World War II resulted in a move by the people of the world to bring the Jews back to their Land.