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  • You know, quotes seem to loose value when they come from noted nazis. Or to acquire a negative one. Just look:

    Belief in God and in immortality thus gives us the moral strength and the ethical guidance we need for virtually every action in our daily lives. -- Wernher von Braun [hyperarts.com], who designed and built the most powerful weapons the IIIrd Reich.

    • Von Braun and 500 others surrendered to the U.S. He and the other rocket scientists were taken back to the U.S. In 1955, he became an American citizen. Von Braun was held in high regard by the scientific community and went on to work for the U.S. military and later NASA.

      I'm curious. Why do you insinuate that he was a noted Nazi? The very page that you linked seems to show that he was a Christian. You can't be both a Nazi and a Christian.

      • Of course you can be a Nazi and a Christian! Hitler was catholic, to begin with. And during the IInd world war, Germany was full of good Christians, both Catholics and Protestants, who were applauding the Hitlerian dictature. Germany didn't turn magically into a non-Christian country in 1933. And why do you think that Jean-Paul II publicly apologized to Jews recently?

        But that's not my point. My point is that quotes are by nature out of context, and are coloured by the personality of the person quoted. For e

        • Answers per sentence mentioned:

          Yes. Yes. Yes & No. Yes. JP II apologized because the church didn't stand against the Nazi's for most of the third reich.

          Fact: Hitler hated religions (of any kind) and a lot of Priests and Pastors ended their lives in the same vecinity as most german jews.

          Hitler planned on replacing all religions with a state religion and actively got rid of all organizations... he just hadn't time yet to rid his third reich of christianity.

          Don't understand me wrong... I know nationalsocialism is a bad thing... but so is generalizing. WHY? Generalizing is one of the basics that make up nationalsocialism! Next to nationalism... patriotism... and a few other ism's.

          Otherwise you are quite right... quotes are always to be seen in the timeframe they were uttered with special attention to who said the quote in which situation.

          /oliver/