May 28, 2023
Welcome to episode 144 of Activist #MMT. Today's part two of a
three-part conversation with historian, author, and Harvard
master's graduate, Emily Ruhl, on her new paper and master's
thesis, In League
with the Devine: How Religion Influenced Nazi Perpetrators of the
Holocaust. You will find my detailed question list at the
bottom of the show notes for
part one. Also, be sure to see the list "audio chapters" in all
three parts (look below!) to find exactly where each topic is
A full introduction can be found at the beginning of part one,
but for now, let's get right back to my conversation with Emily
- 2:43 - German pseudo-religion: three parts:
anti-Semitism, Blut und Boden (blood and soil), and
Volksgemeinschaf (the German worldview)
- 3:50 - Racism is an impossible concept. The
only way to preserve the German Aryan theory is to exterminate
anyone not "definitely" Aryan.
- 7:21 - The order in which you kill changes it
from murder to sanctioned by God
- 11:12 - Religion is both coercion and a salve
once what they were coerced to do is done.
- 20:31 - The biggest bias in sources is the
power of those who created (wrote, filmed, etc.) it.
- 29:21 - "No punishment" for those refusing to
kill, but only if they didn't threaten the regime.
- 30:12 - Religious symbols: pins (SS lightning
bolts), belt buckles, architecture, white doctors coats.
- 44:28 - Symbols in architecture
- 48:59 - Different levels of Nazis: killing
versus deciding who to kill (doctors, commandants, soldiers)
- 55:30 - Duplicate of introduction, with no
background music (for those with sensitive ears)