Faith Perspective: Millions of deaths attributed to militants and extremists

Did German Christians cause the holocaust? Nazis executed German army officers who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler to stop his war against the Jews.

Many Germans didn’t know about nazi atrocities. Of 6 million Jews who lost their lives, 3% died in Germany, but 97% died elsewhere. Half (3 million) perished in Poland.

German voters didn’t elect Hitler. He lost the 1932 presidential election by 7 million votes. President Hindenburg appointed him as chancellor in 1933.

In 1935, Kaiser Wilhelm (in exile) condemned the Nazi persecution of Jews.

Hitler was a pagan. He rejected Christianity and wanted his book, “Mein Kampf,” to replace the Bible.

German Christians who were Jehovah’s Witnesses were victims of Nazism. They were imprisoned at Dachau before Jews were sent there.

My father was in a U.S. Army tank battalion in Okinawa in 1945 when he was ordered to shoot a woman. He refused to do it. His mother was a devout Christian (Apostolic Lutheran) who taught him spiritual values from the Bible. She died in 1944.

Mahatma Gandhi was a Hindu who admired Jesus Christ but not Christians. Gandhi, who never met my dad or millions of other Christians, was shot to death by a Hindu in 1948. India is now one of many nations where extremists attack Christians.

Richard Wurmbrand’s book, “Tortured for Christ,” tells about his 14 years in prison in Communist Romania because of his Christian ministry in a country ruled by militant atheists.

Since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, atheistic communists caused more than 100 million deaths, the most by any ideology in that period of time.

Robert Kohtala



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