For a man whom history can never forget, Adolf Hitler remains a persistent mystery on one front - his religious faith. Atheists tend to insist Hitler was a devout Christian. Christians counter that he was an atheist. And still others suggest that he was a practicing member of the occult.
None of these theories are true, says historian Richard Weikart. Delving more deeply into the question of Hitler's religious faith than any researcher to date, Weikart reveals the startling and fascinating truth about the most hated man of the 20th century: Adolf Hitler was a pantheist who believed nature was God. In Hitler's Religion, Weikart explains how the laws of nature became Hitler's only moral guide - how he became convinced he would serve God by annihilating supposedly "inferior" human beings and promoting the welfare and reproduction of the allegedly superior Aryans in accordance with racist forms of Darwinism prevalent at the time.
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Insightful content, let down by an awful narrator
The narrator, Ian Fisher, has idiosyncratic (i.e. wrong) – and frequently inconsistent – pronunciation, even of quite common English words. Thus, for example, ‘irreconcilable’ becomes ‘ehreconcilable’. He even mispronounces words crucial to the subject matter, which is very distracting. For example, he generally pronounces ‘Aryan’ as ‘are-EYE-un’, and the German word ‘volk’ as if it began with an English ‘v’ sound, rather than an ‘f’ sound.
Thus, every minute or two, just as one is beginning to concentrate again on the content, Fisher will say a word in such a bizarre way that one’s attention is immediately torn away from the content of the book, and instead consumed by thoughts along the lines of, ‘Did he really just say that?’
Fisher’s phrasing and pacing is also often not as helpful as it could be in conveying the sense of the text.