Pope Benedict XVI, aided and abetted by the Papal Publicity machine, would like the world to believe his shadey WW2 record, involved him being part of an anti-aircraft unit at an airplane motor factory, brief military-training, engineer in Hungary, deserting, and being held as an American prisoner of war - all of which happened without him firing a shot in anger.
Just yesterday, the Vatican’s own Propaganda Ministry moved-into over-drive, as Pope Benedict toured Israel, trying to appease doubters.
They now want the world to know, that not only was the Benedict not a Nazi, he was an ‘ardent anti-Nazi’.
History is now being re-written in front of the world, in real-time.
Service-records show Benedict was in fact in an anti-aircraft battery, built anti tank-traps in Hungary, deserted, and was captured by advancing American troops.
Millions of German troops similarly surrendered around the same time, given they were fighting for a lost cause.
What can't be substantiated is his ascertain "I never fired a gun" nor the latest new claim “I was an anti-Nazi”.
Benedict’s biography tells his failure to pull the trigger during one bombing raid, was partly due to “a finger infection”.
Joseph Ratzinger was born in Bavaria in 1927.
The son of a policeman he was inducted into The Hitler Youth in 1941 (aged 14).
Ratzinger, contends it was an "unwillingly induction".
Let's take Pope Benedict at his word on this point, that he didn't harbour Nazi sympathies, and in fact was doing merely his nationalistic duty defending the 'fatherland'. It’s reasonable given the circumstances of the day, to think individual resistance to the regime would have been a perilless position to take. Belonging to The Hitler Youth was the norm, so was fighting for your country.
Rudimentary history shows us millions of Germans fought for their home-land in World War Two and weren't in fact Nazi's.
Overall this sector of the German armed forces, played little to no part in the in the Reich's excess's.
The flip-side to this, is history also show’s us killing & injuring Allied soldiers wasn't the sole preserve of card carrying National Socialists. Wehrmacht soldiers, Luftwaffe pilots, Anti-Aircraft gunners, Anti-Tank battalions etc, were all part of the Nazi war machine.
So let's picture Ratzinger at his anti-aircraft battery outside the BMW plant, Munich, in 1943. By then Allied bombers had begun reducing Germany to rubble.
The fellow Hitler Youth, Ratzinger shares his plight with in the closely bonded flak-unit, are all teenage boys, feed on a steady diet of Nazi propaganda.The occupants manning those guns, regardless of their political leanings or religious up-bringing, are privy to the mass destruction bought on their fellow Germans by Allied bombing. To them the war is not lost, there is still fight in their belly.
The air-raid siren goes off to notify the batteries surrounding the factory of an incoming raid, the first guns target the American Bombers and begin firing.Ratzinger's and his fellow Hitler Youth squad, prepare to defend the plant, the city, fellow Germans, at the very least save their own lives.In the surrounding Munich streets the basements and air-raid shelters are filled with cowering women & children.
But if one believes Bendict's recollections - no shots were fired by him, and his team - who must by rights, have all been anti-Nazi’s. Their battery lay idle whilst those around them (some manned by slave-labour) spewed forth rounds, illuminating the sky above.
Amongst this chaos and destruction Ratzinger then tells his comrades in arms “Sorry guy’s I’ve got a sore finger, and I’ll have to give this raid thing a miss tonight”.
Any neutral can see, this excerpt from Pope Benedict's war time record is clearly not credible.It’s inconceivable an entire troop of Hitler Youth would abandon their post without 'firing a shot' and simply slip away. There are thousands of accounts of Hitler Youth fighting to the death for a lost cause.
Perhaps The Pope wasn't involved with the mechanics of firing the weapon in question, but you can bet your boots, he and his fellow ideologically driven Hitler Youth, would have been doing their dandiest to bring down Allied bombers.
Remember Ratzingers anti-aircraft unit operated in the late months of 1943, and not the funeral pyre of 1945.
To claim this unit, did not see action is a lie – since allied bomber command shows The BMW plant in Munich was a regular target over these months of the war.
This so-called anti-Nazi spent two years in a Nazi uniform and armed.
One of the locals in his old village Traunstein, Elizabeth Lohner, 84, whose brother-in-law was sent to Dachau as a conscientious objector, dismiss such suggestions Ratzingers war-time story. “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.”
In other words there is a living witness who saw Ratzinger and his brother (also a member of The Catholic Clergy) not, as anti-Nazi’s, but as young-men who went along with the system like millions of others.
To now come-out and say Ratzinger was an anti-Nazi is merely adding to the dung-heap of crap being piled-up by a Pope & his propaganda department, that makes Joeseph Goebells look like an amateur.