Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Catholic Priests in Nazi Salute

Centuries of Christian antisemitism helped lay the groundwork for the emergence of 20th century racial antisemitism, and many German Christians perceived no conflict between Christianity and their association with the Nazi Party. Below are two Catholic priests in Nazi salute alongside Wilhelm Frick and Joseph Gobbels:

Catholic clergy and Nazi officials, including Joseph Goebbels (far right) and Wilhelm Frick (second from right), give the Nazi salute. Germany, date uncertain.
Source: United States Holocaust Museum

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Catholic Priests in Nazi Salute

  1. pochp says:

    That is solid evidence.

  2. Jim Phelan says:

    It’s a real paradox to understand how a priest can show alliegance to hatred and racism. But Catholicism like many religions do at times, deny the trappings of the dark heart and the real demons that perpetuate it. But it does look like the center priest may have a doubt or two about his pledge. Good people can do bad things. It’s all a giant lesson about human frailty, when even the most promising individuals fall in their search for a quick solution to complication problems.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Actually,good people do good things, and bad people do bad things. It takes religion to get a good person to do a bad thing.

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