By Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich, one of many maximum Protestant theologians of recent instances, wrote multiple hundred radio addresses that have been braodcast into Nazi Germany from March 1942 via could 1944. The pronounces have been passionate and political--urging Germans to acknowledge the horror of Hitler and to reject a morally and spiritually bankrupt govt. Laregly unknown within the usa, the publicizes were translated into English for the 1st time, and nearly half them are offered during this publication.

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While the bearers of the intellect themselves were unaware of it, they were bought by the ruling powers as civil servants, as successful authors, as famous men, as minions of wealth. Again I must say: this does not apply to all. But perhaps to more than in other civilized nations. Even among the great ones of German literature and philosophy, there are only a few who did not at some time or other make their peace with the rulers of their time. It forms a part of the German tragedy that one like Goethe lived in a royal palace and, indeed, as he himself said, as a private individual.

But hasn't all of that been long since absorbed into the one German reality that has remained, that of power, that of warlike, conquering. and now self-defending power? Is the [70] AGAINST THE THIRD REICH defense of this power for the sake of power, the defense of this all-consuming monster, this destroyer of body and soul, this destroyer of religion and culture, worthy of being defended? Isn't that, in reality, the defense of the National Socialist ruling class and nothing else? My German friends!

And since he hates nothing more than the absence AGAINST THE THIRD REICH 1942 of hatred, he is therefore the best evidence for the fact that the N ationa! Socialist endeavor to corrupt the entire German nation has still not succeeded. That is the first important reflection to which Goebbels's unintentional disclosure gives occasion: the most refined and most wicked of all poisoners of the German people must admit that his poison has still not worked as he had wished. But you will ask, if hatred toward the enemy is poison, what becomes of our hatred toward the National Socialists?

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