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By Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich, one of many maximum Protestant theologians of recent occasions, wrote a couple of 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 pronounces were translated into English for the 1st time, and nearly 1/2 them are provided during this e-book.

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You. the German Opposition, should fill as many Germans as at all possible with this conviction. You should tell them that foreign nations will not sit in judgment over the German people but that the German people, in conjunction with the other victims, will sit in judgment over a powerful gang of criminals and their accomplices, that the Germans will begin this judgment and will carry it out as far as possible, even before the others arrive. But perhaps many will ask, why punishment at all? Is it not enough, in the political struggle as well as in the war, to conquer and render the enemy harmless?

And then he proceeded with the concession that among the English many were admirable, but that in spite of the recognition of their good side, as a German one must hate them, for only then could a war with them be led successfully. These remarkable, inconsistent propositions give me occasion, today, to reflect on a question with you that is of critical importance for the conduct of the war, for the struggle against National Socialism, and for the postwar organization. I mean the question: how should one view the enemy?

He foresaw the political calamity that would spring forth from a politically irresponsible philosophy, doing so with prophetic clarity with respect to the details. No! Gem1any must not again become the nation of poets and thinkers while other nations relieve it of its political responsibility. That would mean crippling Germany from the start, even its writing and thinking, and turning it into a source of future perils for the world. But if we say no to such a solution, then the question arises with all greater force: is the German nation capable of political responsibility?

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