Shortly after the start of the second millennium, violence against the Jewish people erupted throughout Europe. Over the centuries, it gained momentum that led to the murder of millions of Jews in 1945.
Martin Luther, one of the founders of the Protestant Reformation, set the stage for these atrocities. He became angry at the Jewish people after they would not covert to his new Lutheran faith and issued a widely distributed paper titled “On The Jews and Their Lies.
This is What Luther Wrote Less than 600 Years Ago.
Hitler Followed His Instructions.
First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we, as Christians, have not tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.
Second, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. For they perpetuate the same things that they do in their synagogues. For this reason they ought to be put under one roof or in a stable, like gypsies, in order that they may realize that they are no masters in our land, but miserable captives.
Third, they should be deprived of their prayer books and Talmuds in which such lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught…
Fourth, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more.
Fifth, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to Jews. For they have no business in the rural districts since they are not nobles, nor officials, nor merchants, or the like. Let them stay at home.
Sixth, they ought to be stopped from usury. All their cash and valuables of silver and gold ought to be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping. Everything they possess they stole and robbed from us through their usury, for they have no other means of support.
Seventh, let the young and strong Jews and Jewesses be given the axe, the hoe, the spade, the distaff and spindle and let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses.
Please note: A.I.I. member Dr. John Stendal, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Newton, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, argued to the Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America that Martin Luther’s hateful references about the Jewish people be repudiated from their religion. His motion passed unanimously at the Assembly’s annual meeting.