Taking a leaf out of David Irving’s book, Catholic revisionist historians have attempted to paint Benedict as a innocent young-man growing-up in WW2 Germany, a non-combatant who held an innate hatred towards the Nazi regime.
The known facts however tell us he, his brother and his family, were far from being reluctant participants – they even willing hid SS war criminals fleeing justice after the war’s end!
So let’s look at the historical facts versus the rhetoric spewing forth from The Vatican propaganda ministry.
Here’s the facts about Benedict XVI’s War-Time Record:
Fact One: Joseph Ratzinger has admitted the early victories Germany experienced in WW2 filled himself and his family with patriotic pride. Presumably had fascist Germany won the war this pride would have been magnified and he would have happily accepted a world living under Nazi tyranny and thus the total extermination ‘the inferior races’, particularly The Jews. Joseph Ratzingers patriotism and fervor faded only with the fortunes of the German armed-forces.
Fact Two: Georg Ratzinger, Joseph’s older brother and also a Catholic Priest who has admitted physically assaulting boys under his tutelage, served two years in The Wehrmacht (1942-44) He was wounded fighting Allied troops in Italy. Remember Catholic apologists want us to view the Ratzinger family as some sort of innocent by-standers caught up in the clouds of war – when Georg’s active military service is undeniable.
Fact Three: Joseph Ratzinger manned an anti-aircraft battery outside the BMW factory (Munich) in the later months of 1944 and early months of 1945. Military records for the "Flakhelfer"(part of the Hitler Youth) unit Ratzinger served-in show unequivocally he and his comrades were actively involved in repelling Allied bomber attacks. In one of the most ludicrous and almost farcical excuses possible, Ratzinger claims in his autobiography he wasn’t able to operate his weapon due to a “sore finger.” Here he is in the funeral-pyre that was Germany at that stage of the war, it’s cities in ruin and armies in retreat, occupying a battery with ideologically inspired teens and he turns to them and says “Sorry lads I’ve got a sore finger”. “I’ll think I’ll have to give this raid business a miss tonight.” Any fool can see this mediocre “sore finger” claim as being nothing but a bare-faced lie. After doing their duty in Munich he and his unit were then transferred to Innsbruck so in total Joseph served eight months in uniform – all with a finger affliction which apparently prevented him taking part as a combatant.
Fact Four: Joseph Ratzinger claims he never received a Nazi indoctrination at school and his teachers deplored the National Socialist doctrine. This is another untruth that can easily be dispelled. His head-master was an ardent Nazi and such studies were compulsory in Germany at the time.
Fact Five: Joseph Ratzinger (1944) watched Hungarian Jews being loaded into cattle-trucks on their way to be gassed at Auschwitz (Time Magazine Interview 6th December 1993) and did nothing to stop the greatest crime in the history of humanity.
Fact Six: Unlike the complicit Ratzinger clan several of their Traunstein neighbours bravely & openly resisted the Nazi regime. One of the locals in his old village Traunstein, Elizabeth Lohner, 84, whose brother-in-law was sent to Dachau as a conscientious objector, dismisses outright 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.” This 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. Other villagers who fought the Nazi’s were Valentin Hasselberger who ironically refused to fight due to his religious beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness: Rupert Berger who formed a local ‘White Rose’ resistance group and even the a local Catholic Priest called Joseph Stelzle, the son of whom Joseph Ratzinger knew well through his seminary. So for him and his family to say “resistance was futile” is again another easily proven lie.
Fact Seven: In June 1945 the Ratzinger family sheltered & hid two SS soldiers on the run from justice.
Fact Eight: Joseph Ratzinger was taken at the barrel of an American gun from his house and imprisoned by soldiers and then interrogated as to his war-time role. Clearly the American military didn’t see his as an innocent teen and saw the household as one which offered sanctuary to war-criminals.
Fact Nine: Virtually all of the entrants to The Freising seminary in 1946 served in The German armed-services & many still harboured Nazi sympathies.
So there we have some inconvenient truths The Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI to sweep- under-the-carpet as if they never happened.
Not all of us are that gullible – once a Nazi always a Nazi.
One who has found a natural home as an ecumenical dictator to one-billion followers.
Even Hitler would be jealous of his success.
By the way that’s him in the photo with Pope Pius XII's representative and as it happens it's Pius who’s about to be made a saint - thanks to none other than Pope Benedict XVI!