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The son of a rural Bavarian police officer, Ratzinger was six when Hitler came to power in 1933. His father, also called Joseph, was an anti-Nazi whose attempts to rein in Hitler’s Brown Shirts forced the family to move home several times.
He joined the Hitler Youth aged 14, shortly after membership was made compulsory in 1941.
Two years later Ratzinger was enrolled in an anti-aircraft unit that protected a BMW factory making aircraft engines
He was sent to Hungary, where he set up tank traps and saw Jews being herded to death camps. He deserted in April 1944 and spent a few weeks in a prisoner of war camp.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Lots of kids were inducted into the Hitler Youth, and there is nothing wrong with being a member of the regular German Army, even in WWII. The SS, sure, thats a different story, but the Army? No way.
Originally posted by infinite
wasn't the Germany Army different from the SS,etc?
thats what i remember hearing and studying.
Definitly. The Army, SS, SA, and Gestapo were all seperate things. The Army in WWII was the Army in WWI and previously. It was just the german army. The SS, SA, and Gestapo were nazi organizations and political tools, paramilitaries too.
Originally posted by Gazrok
To further clarify this, when thinking about the guards at the death camps, etc. we're talking SS and other specialty officers, not your rank and file German soldier. Though the Nazi party was in power, not all Germans were Nazis... The SS were pretty much the ones who'd be organizing the book burnings, rounding up Jews, etc. Sometimes the German soldiers would be forced to assist and follow orders, etc. but they weren't the ones in charge of such operations and were rarely involved knowingly, in such actions. Most German soldiers had no idea about the camps, etc.
“Resistance was truly impossible,” Georg Ratzinger said. “Before we were conscripted, one of our teachers said we should fight and become heroic Nazis and another told us not to worry as only one soldier in a thousand was killed. But neither of us ever used a rifle against the enemy.”
Some locals in Traunstein, like Elizabeth Lohner, 84, whose brother-in-law was sent to Dachau as a conscientious objector, dismiss such suggestions. “It was possible to resist, and those people set an example for others,” she said. “The Ratzingers were young and had made a different choice.”
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, whose strong defence of Catholic orthodoxy has earned him a variety of sobriquets — including “the enforcer”, “the panzer cardinal” and “God’s rottweiler”
Nygdan said: So, effectively, you are saying that no one who was young and in germany during the war is allowed to every do anything, because they are nazis, right?
Originally posted by nukunuku
hitlerjugend as head of the church.....
this just confirms the everlasting love between nazis and vatican and doesnt surprise a bit. Or is anyone even surprised?
[edit on 18-4-2005 by nukunuku]
Originally posted by MattMarriott
This KEY photo alone, released by the illuminati in January 2005,
tells the true story of World War II.
St. Malachy's prophecy, by giving a precise time line, is to be seen at the same level as the charlatan Nostradamus at his "best", i.e. the only time he risked a prediction:
Satanists staging self fulfilling prophecy for John Paul II as De Laboris Solis
So what do the illuminati mean with "From the glory of the olive"?