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Himmler Forbids SS From Intolerance towards or Mocking of Religion

Heinrich Himmler
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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Heinrich Himmler issues a memorandum which forbids members of the SS from mocking religion, expressing religious intolerance, or disturbing religious events.

The penalty for violating this is immediate expulsion from the SS.

Himmler writes:

"I forbid SS members to pester, annoy, or mock another due to his religious views. Just as the German has never tolerated religious constraint on himself, so are the religious convictions of his neighbors holy and inviolable to him. ...

I most strictly forbid any disturbance as well as any tactlessness regarding religious events of all confessions (i.e. processions of the Catholic Church). Likewise, a tactful deportment when churches are visited out of historical or artistic interest goes without saying."

In a year, he will reiterate all of this in a new memorandum, adding a ban on taking any leading roles in any religious organizations.

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