Vater in Himmel, entschlossen zum Tode,
Knie’n wir vor Dir, O antwortet nun!
Ist noch ein Volk, das dem hehren Gebote
Redlicher dient als wir Deutschen es tun?
Gibt es ein solches? Dann, Ewiger, spende
Schiksalgewaltigt ihm Lorbeer und Sieg.
Vater Du lächelst? O Glück ohne Ende!
Auf! und hinein in den Heiligen Krieg!
Father in Heaven, resolved to the death
We kneel before You, O answer us, then!
Does another people follow Your noble commandment
More loyally than we Germans do?
Is there such? Then Eternal One,
send Laurel and Victory to us, mighty with fate.
Father, Do You smile? O joy without end!
Up! and onward to the Holy War!
Dietrich Eckart, Der Hammer, Sep, 1914
Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923 Ruhe In Frieden) was an influential early party member. He contributed significant financial support and mentoring Adolf Hitler. Dietrich Eckart, along with Gottfried Feder and Anton Drexler developed much of the political ideology of the NSDAP in the late 1910s and early 1920s. He coined the phrase “Third Reich” and wrote the song “Deutschland Erwache!” or “Germany Awake!”, the anthem of the NSDAP. He first met Adolf Hitler in 1919. Dietrich Eckart provided Adolf Hitler with support and refuge at his home in Bechtesgaden. He was arrested with Adolf Hitler after the failed Beer Hall Putsch and died of a heart attack on the 26 December 1923.
Adolf Hitler, inspired by Dietrich Eckart who died just as the first volume of Mein Kampf was being finished, included a dedication to him in Mein Kampf,
“And among (our heroes) I want also to count that man, one of the best, who devoted his life to the awakening of his – our – people, in his writings and his thoughts and finally his deeds — Dietrich Eckart.”
During the early years of the German Worker’s Party (DAP), Dietrich Eckart published several writings which clearly showed his desire to contrast the light of the truth of Christianity with the darkness of evil of the Jew.
In 1919, Dietrich Eckart stated about World War I:-
“This was a religious war, finally one sees that clearly. A war between light and darkness, truth and falsehood, Christ and Antichrist” – Auf Gut Deutsch
Dietrich Eckart was a key figure in the Beer Hall Putsch. He was imprisoned with Adolf Hitler but was shortly released after a short time due to his physical condition. Sadly, he did not see the continued growth of understanding that was to come to the German People prior to World War II, a nation uplifted in positive Christianity, after he died of a heart attack in 1923, but his memory and his work remained influential in the shaping of the Positive Christianity in the Third Reich.
“[The] Jewish conception of God is of no interest to us Germans! We seek God nowhere but in ourselves, For us the soul is divine, of which the Jew on the other hand, knows nothing! The Kingdom of Heaven is within you (Luke 17:21), thus God also, who belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven” — Auf Gut Deutsch