Münster's Bishop von Galen Gives Sermon Hoping for German Victory in Soviet Union

Münster's Bishop von Galen Gives Sermon Hoping for German Victory in Soviet Union

Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen
Source: Domkapitular Gustav Albers

Clemens August Graf von Galen, Catholic Bishop of Münster in Westphalia, delivers a sermon in which he states his hope that Germany will be victorious over the Soviet Union.

Many of Galen's statements in support of the Nazis against Bolshevism will be used by the SS as a recruiting tool in occupied countries.

Bishop Galen also makes it clear that all German Catholics have a duty to be submissive and obedient to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government:

"We Christians make no revolution. We will continue to do our duty in obedience to God, out of love for people and Fatherland. Our soldiers will fight and die for Germany, but not for those who . . . disgrace the German name before God and man.

We will continue to fight against the external enemy; against the enemy in our midst who tortures and beats us, we cannot fight with arms and there remains only one weapon: strong tenacious, obstinate perseverance."

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