A growing meme over the past thirty years has been the notion that National Socialism in Germany, the Nazis, and Hitler were in no way Christian. That they were “pagans” or “neo-pagans”. The truth is that Hitler and other leaders within the Nazi party seized on elements of both Christianity, and romantic pre-Christian belief to create a twisted and perverse hybrid of both (Hitler believed himself to be a Catholic until the day he died). Members of occult orders who didn’t toe the Nazi line were imprisoned just as defiant Christians were. But this hasn’t stopped many from laying the blame in one place only, pre-Christian ideas and belief.In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI, while addressing the Jewish community of Cologne, laid out exactly what the new party line on Christian involvement in the Holocaust was.”And in the 20th century, in the darkest period of German and European history, an insane racist ideology, born of neo-paganism, gave rise to the attempt, planned and systematically carried out by the regime, to exterminate European Jewry.