Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) stated: “Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment of a socialist state.”

“Nazi” is the abbreviation of National Socialist Workers’ Party. Its leader was Adolph Hitler, who became Chancellor of Germany on Jan. 30, 1933. Hitler began implementing a plan of universal healthcare, with no regard for conscience.

The New York Times reported Oct. 10, 1933: “Nazi Plan to Kill Incurables to End Pain; German Religious Groups Oppose Move … The Ministry of Justice … explaining the Nazi aims regarding the German penal code, today announced its intentions to authorize physicians to end the sufferings of the incurable patient … in the interest of true humanity. …”

When Germany’s economy suffered, expenses had to be cut from the national healthcare plan, such as keeping alive handicapped, insane, chronically ill, elderly and those with dementia. They were considered “lebensunwertes leben” – life unworthy of life. Then criminals, convicts, street bums, beggars and gypsies, considered “leeches” on society, met a similar fate.

The National Socialist Workers Party enacted horrific plans to purge the human gene pool of what they considered “inferior” races, resulting in 6 million Jews and millions of others dying in gas chambers and ovens. Nazis anatomists harvested human body parts of prisoners for scientific research and laboratory experimentation.

U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated in 1977: “When the first 273,000 German aged, infirm and retarded were killed in gas chambers there was no outcry from that medical profession … and it was not far from there to Auschwitz.”

British Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge explained: “We have … for those that have eyes to see, an object lesson in what the quest for ‘quality of life’ without reference to ‘sanctity of life’ can involve. … The origins of the Holocaust lay, not in Nazi terrorism … but in … Germany’s acceptance of euthanasia and mercy-killing as humane and estimable.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated of Hitler, Dec. 15, 1941: “Government to him is not the servant … of the people but their absolute master and the dictator of their every act. … The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which seemed to the Founders of the Republic inalienable, were, to Hitler and his fellows, empty words. …”

According to Albert Speer, Third Reich’s Minister of Armaments and War Production, Hitler stated in private: “The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity … with its meekness and flabbiness?”

Though early in his career Hitler pretended to be sympathetic to Christianity in order to get elected, once he got in power he revealed his nazified social Darwinism and open hostility toward Christianity.

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated Dec. 15, 1941: “To Hitler, the church … is a monstrosity to be destroyed by every means.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.” In his book, “The Cost of Discipleship,” Bonhoeffer rebuked nominal Christians: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”

Of his return to Germany, Bonhoeffer wrote: “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer challenged: “To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.”

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