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Dark and controversial are the only two words to describe this new piece by me.

I just returned from Sabbatical, and I'd appreciate not getting flamed for considering other perspectives. As far as I know, a writer has yet dared to create an account based on the concept of the Nazis as Christians. But they were. And I'd imagine the day to day life to be a little something like this.

And thanks to Utah State University for having such a colorful picture of Nazism readily available. For the original picture and some information about them, go here.

*REAL EDIT*

Thanks everyone for the comments! You all are so kind to give me great compliments. And many of you gave me some great constructive criticism, too. It was really appreciated. And thanks DA for the DD! I'm embarrassed to even admit how long I've wanted one of these. But let's just say, Hussein was still in power!
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Kittykins-Pi's avatar
This is silly. The so-called "gas chambers" were delousing showers. Lice are known to carry typhoid fever, which is a huge problem in war and was a huge problem during the Second World War. This is why they had the prisoners remove their clothes and why they had their hair cut. After all, why would the Nazis bother doing that if they were just going to kill and bury/cremate them anyway?

And here's the kicker: If Auschwitz was really a "death camp", then why did the Nazis bother moving Anne Frank and her sister to Bergen-Belsen, which was one of the normal concentration camps according to holocaust lore and where they died of typhus?

Always hear everyone's position, no matter how "evil" you may believe them to be. And don't get emotional, either. Be logical and reasonable in all things. Do not mock them or scoff at even ridiculous claims, for truth is stranger than fiction, and it is always possible that you are wrong.
fastpilot's avatar
" But they were."

Actually they were recognizably Greens. There is no part of Christian theology in Nazism.

A well imagined and written counter-factual creates no reality.
calivinguy's avatar
What about exclusion and selection (predestined salvation / superior eugenics)?

Being environmentalist does not negate their religious beliefs, although I'll grant you that Christianity (particularly that of first world countries) does inspire a mentality of "There's a life after this so who cares if our planet goes to shit?" A far cry from the actual Biblical concept of being "good stewards".

It is documented fact that the members of the Nazi party claimed to be Christian, over half being Protestant and about 40 percent being Catholic. Obviously, a modern Christian would argue that they weren't "real Christians", but that's not the point that this story was arguing.
SpeculativeJester's avatar
Absolutely fantastic. I loved it. Not many people acknowledge that Nazi's were christians, and I think you did a great job illustrating that. Great piece of writing.
calivinguy's avatar
Thanks for the comment and favorite! Interestingly enough, I wrote this while I was still a Christian. With these sorts of questions in my mind, it's not surprising that I turned away.
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LucasCAPS Writer
Never before had I seen a literary deviation more worthy of a mature filter.

It's also quite worthy of a DD. :D

NICE.
calivinguy's avatar
Thank you, utterly. I had thought about putting that on there, but in the end, it didn't seem so bad. Thank you for the compliment. The DD was very unexpected, but it was certainly appreciated.
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LucasCAPS Writer
You're very welcome. =)
zxDrummerChic's avatar
Very powerful!
calivinguy's avatar
Thank you. I'm glad it had such weight in your mind.
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SilverShadowessStudent General Artist
Wow, this is... so different from anything I've ever read before. As a Jew, it's strange to think of Nazis in that way, though I know they were human. What's really haunting to me is how they're contemplating morals and God while the screaming and banging is coming from behind them, as if the dying people inside aren't worth their time. It would actually make a beautiful painting. Something about it makes me think of demons from hell clawing up and begging for forgiveness from two angels standing aloof.
calivinguy's avatar
If you have artistic ability in drawing, I would absolutely recommend you do that. It sounds like a great idea, and I would love to see it, if you ever do it.

I'm especially glad to know that from a Jewish perspective, that this did not come across as disrespectful to all those who had suffered, since that was never my intent. I'm glad that instead it opened your eyes to the possibility of more stories to be told, albeit visually instead of written.
SilverShadowess's avatar
SilverShadowessStudent General Artist
Oh, thank you. I think I'll start working on it!

No, this was not disrespectful at all. I'm not very religious, but I love the culture of my ancestors, and this was still fascinating to me. I think I'll show this to my father.
calivinguy's avatar
I'd be honored. Let me know what he thinks.
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OutOfTheOrangeProfessional Traditional Artist
Somehow, pieces and/or stories like this - portraying the Nazis in such a human light, having a casual theological discussion any thoughtful Christian might have - is far more chilling and disturbing to me than portrayals or them as inhuman monsters.

I think it's because it's most convenient and comfortable for us all to think of them as those inhuman monsters because we can't bear to think that the people we meet in our daily lives - or even we ourselves - could be capable of such atrocities...when in fact the Nazis were really just as human as any of us. Anyway, thank you for writing this. It was disturbing, but in a way that made me think.
calivinguy's avatar
I think there is no better compliment to me, as a writer, than to have the audience thinking about what was written. If you laugh or cry all the way through my writing, enjoying it every step of the way, and then return to your normal life unscathed, I feel I've failed as a writer.

Yes, the Nazis were human like any other. Perhaps this explains why every religion seems to warn against the evil within every man, instead of dwelling on the good inside of us all.

Would Star Wars be more compelling, and in a sense more real, if Jedis couldn't be swayed to the dark side easily?
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i really loved this so much.
it was fun to read in a way.
i love the fact that you came up with this.
i dont think i could even come up with the questions and answers you had here. it was awesome.
calivinguy's avatar
thank you for the feature! I'm very touched that you enjoyed it enough to include it in your journal.

Those questions are not exactly mine. Some of the theology came from my own musings, but much of it are questions posed by much smarter Christian theologians than myself. I just posed them in a setting where the cliche becomes less cliche.
ecmb's avatar
you are welcome!it super rocks to no end.well thats okay you still rock.ajjaaj well you did a fan-freakintastic jon my firend:heart:
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ShadowNeko13Hobbyist Photographer
This was just so haunting. It couldn't have been done in a more perfect setting- to show the irony of their actions, as well as convincingly portraying just how insignificant the Nazis found the Jews to be- because of the constant propoganda and brainwashing, few Nazis even considered them humans anymore. This is just, wow. You're biting a bullet writing about something so controversial, but you did it beautifully. Congrats on the DD!
calivinguy's avatar
Thank you so terribly! I think all good writers have to bite the bullet, sometimes. Like Hemingway taking on abortion, when abortion wasn't exactly a Kosher subject.

Anyways, I think you really got what I was going for in this piece. Thank you for looking deeper and finding the essence of the story.
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ShadowNeko13Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :) Thank you for writing it.
xyroph's avatar
incredible, cant wait to check out more of your work =)
calivinguy's avatar
Thank you! If you see anything that I can fix, please let me know.
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