Hitler's World

Hitler’s racial struggle was supposedly sanctioned by science, but he called its object ‘daily bread.’ With these words, he was summoning one of the best-known Christian texts, while profoundly altering its meaning. ‘Give us this day,’ ask those who recite the Lord’s Prayer, ‘our daily bread.’ In the universe the prayer describes, there is a metaphysics, an order beyond this planet, notions of good that proceed from one sphere to another. Those saying the Lord’s Prayer ask that God ‘forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ In Hitler’s ‘struggle for the riches of nature,’ it was a sin not to seize everything possible, and a crime to allow others to survive. Mercy violated the order of things because it allowed the weak to propagate. Rejecting the biblical Commandments, said Hitler, was what human beings must do. ‘If I can accept a divine Commandment,’ he declared, ‘it’s this one: “Thou shalt preserve the species.”‘
— Timothy Snyder