Hitler the Messiah?
Spielvogel states, “Adolf Hitler came to regard himself as a man singled out by Providence for a special mission, and he clothed himself in the mantle of a messiah.”1 Hitler had a deep rooted belief that he needed to serve a higher purpose, which stemmed from his experience being temporarily blinded in 1919. Hitlers self proclaimed mission to “make Germany great” was the primary objective he sought to achieve, throughout his entire rise to power he claimed to be sent from God to lead the German people. This idea was further perpetuated by the failed assassination attempts on his life, “Now the almighty has stayed their [the assassins’] hands once more. Don’t you agree I should consider it as a nod of Fate that it intends to preserve me for my assigned task?”1 Hitler was highly delusional and even thought of his National Socialist movement as a religious movement, more than a political one. “The use of sacred oaths of allegiance, the Blood Flag ceremony as a religious ritual, the Nazi holy days as substitutes for traditional religious holidays, and the call for miracles of faith were all manifestations of Nazism’s quasi-religious character.”1 The use of these rituals and the claims Hitler makes of being the messiah makes the Nazi regime sound more like a cult than a political movement, and in many ways it was. Hitler was able to convince millions of people to follow him blindly by being a charismatic speaker, with idealistic goals and promises for the future.