Deutsche Glaubensbewegung (German Faith Movement)
In 1936 the National Reich Church was established, and in it only national orators of the Reich were allowed to speak:
Reich Church Bishop Ludwig Müller
- The National Reich Church demands an immediate stop to the printing and sale of the Bible in Germany.
- The National Reich Church will remove from the altars of all churches the Bible, the cross, and religious objects.
- Mercy is an un German conception. The word mercy is one of the numerous terms of the bible with which we can have nothing to do.
- On the altars there must be nothing but My Struggle, and to the left of this a sword.
In 1936 Himmler sent out a memorandum defining the holidays which were to be dechristianised, and thereafter based upon paganism and National Socialism:
- Day Of The Seizure Of Power (January 30th)
This day was observed because Hitler had assumed the Chancellorship on January 30th, 1933.
- Foundation Day Of The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (February 24th)
Although the National Socialist German Workers’ Party received its name on April 1st, 1920, the date of February 24th, 1920, was chosen as Foundation Day.
- Day Of Military Sovereignty / Heroes’ Remembrance Day (March 16th)
Before 1933 the National Day Of Mourning was linked with the care of German war cemeteries. The National Socialists gave it a new name, Heroes’ Remembrance Day. The date was fixed permanently for March 16th, instead of the customary fifth Sunday before Easter. A major success, such as the reintroduction of conscription in 1935 and the remilitarisation of the Rhineland in 1936, was always honoured on this day.
- Hitler’s birthday (April 20th)
One of the most important days in the ritual of Leader worship, Hitler’s birthday was celebrated by the public display of millions of photographs of the Leader, red, white and black bunting on house fronts, and extensive ceremonies. There were torchlight parades, mass choruses, and mass initiation rites.
- National Labour Day (May 1st)
The National Socialists appropriated Mayday from the socialists and used it to observe a holiday for their own workers. Maypole dances and huge bonfires, as well as parades, were held every year in the Third Reich.
- Mothering Day (second Sunday in May)
On this occasion crosses of honour were awarded to prolific mothers at public ceremonies.
- Day Of The Summer Solstice (June 24th)
This special day was celebrated with evening bonfires into which wreathes dedicated to Party martyrs or war heroes were thrown. Then the participants leaped across the flames, lit torches from the fires, and joined a procession homeward. Special fire speeches were made by Party dignitaries to celebrate the day. For example, the Summer Solstice in 1938 was celebrated with particular solemnity upon a mountain, the Hesselberg, which Adolf Hitler has declared to be a sacred mountain of the German Folk. Standing beside an enormous pyre, afterwards to be lighted, Julius Streicher said: We Germans have no need of men in black to whom to make our confessions in order that we might be strengthened for the coming year; we have become our own priests; let us throw our sins into these holy flames that we might descend from the mountain with souls cleansed! Too bad we didn’t have live video streaming then.
- Reich Party Rally At Nürnberg Day (September)
The annual celebrations always came to a climax with a three day festival held in the old city of Nürnberg. There are long marches past Hitler, a consecration of Party colours, and the climax, a speech by the Leader.