Hitler Proclaims Conclusion of Concordat: German Catholics Will Support National Socialism Hot

Hitler Proclaims Conclusion of Concordat: German Catholics Will Support National Socialism

Adolf Hitler, 1937

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Adolf Hitler releases an official public statement announcing the conclusion of the Reichskonkordat — the Concordat between Nazi Germany and the Vatican — which was concluded the day before.

Hitler says:

"The concluding of the Concordat gives sufficient guarantee that German Roman Catholics will hereafter unreservedly support the National Socialist state.

I am happy in the conviction that the epoch has closed in which religious and political interests were apparently irreconcilably opposed. I sincerely hope the Protestant Church will settle its differences as soon as possible."

In a speech to an SA gathering in Dortmund, Adolf Hitler says:

"This is for us a ground for satisfaction, since we desire that the fight in the religious camps should come to an end. ...

[A]ll political action in the parties will be forbidden to priests for all time, happy because we know what is wanted by millions who long to see in the priest only the comforter of their souls and not the representative of their political convictions."

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