Adolf Hitler, Volkswagen, Fascism, Death and Profits

Adolf Hitler, Volkswagen, Fascism, Death and Profits

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Forty-one percent earnings increase in 2012 recalls the rise and rise again of the company that created ‘the people’s car’ for the Furher.

In the summer of 1932, as he enjoyed a meal at a Munich-area eatery, Adolf Hitler drew a rough design of a vehicle he foresaw as the ride of the future. He gave his vehicle vision to Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin to position it for technical production. The design moved into manufacturing by automaker Volkswagen, German for “car of the people.” By 1938 Hitler’s idea had become reality and was dubbed Kraft durch Freude, “strength through joy.”

After the Nazi defeat, the company was formed into a trust and managed by West German officials. The New York Times wrote an article titled, “Volkswagen: The Darker Side Is Revisited,” which recalled “its founding as an economically dubious pet project of Hitler, its munitions production during World War ii and its wartime use of slave labor, including Hungarian Jews from Auschwitz, Dachau and Bergen-Belsen.” It concluded the report by referring to the company’s hiring of German historian Hans Mommsen for $2 million to write a book on it, placing “the Beetle firmly in the self-scrutinizing historical annals of a nation that, no matter how much it would prefer to look to the future, can never wish away its past.”

During the 1950s, plants were established in Brazil and Australia. Variant designs based on the Beetle engine resounded with consumers worldwide and became used in multiple applications. By 1955, with the momentum of the work culminated by Adolf Hitler, Ferdinand Porsche and Heinz Nordoff, the one millionth Beetle rolled out of production from the Wolfsburg plant, painted especially in gold. A massive crowd witnessed the celebrations, which featured representation from each country where the car was sold.

Volkswagen has been a corporate powerhouse in aiding Germany’s postwar resurrection from economic ashes. Citizens who had been crushed by defeat at the hands of the Allied powers now found themselves driving new vehicles and living in furnished homes thanks largely to the company’s growth. Careers at Volkswagen for multiple generations of families now became a reality.

In the 1960s, another plant was added in Mexico as international expansion reached into all corners of the globe. The vehicle become an iconic symbol embraced by the decade’s free-love movement. In 1965 alone, a million bugs were sold. In 1968, Disney released its Love Bug movie, and later the Herbie series, immortalizing the vehicle in screen glitz and glamor.

By now the company had purchased a large share of Audi and nsu, providing it more flexible body and design capabilities. By the end of 1974, Volkswagen had sold 18 million Beetles, with the Beetle surpassing Ford’s Model T as the most popular vehicle in automotive history.

The successor to the Beetle came in the form of the Golf (Rabbit in the U.S.), of which 1 million were sold in 31 months. It was on January 19, 1978, that the final German-produced Beetle rolled off the assembly line. However, from its factories in Brazil and Mexico, the Beetle continued production and sustained popularity.

From 1980, the Golf continued to sell but was replaced by the New Beetle in the 1990s, along with Jetta and Passat. During this era, Volkswagen increased its market share, brand potential and luxury potential, when it purchased Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

By 2003, the final Type 1 Beetle rolled off the Mexican plant, bringing the total sold to over 21 million. The ensuing years saw expansion in the United States and a luxury line of vehicles established. Near the end of the decade, it bought half of Porsche in a merger deal and a quarter of Suzuki. Known to most as VW, the company has worked to wash itself of its fascist past and assume the cleanliness of a corporate juggernaut.

At the close of 2012, it announced from Berlin a 41 percent net profit increase. “Full-year earnings rose to €21.7 billion (us$28.7 billion) from €15.4 billion the previous year; analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected them to come in just above €22 billion. Earnings were boosted last year in part by an accounting boost from the complex deal that made Porsche one of Volkswagen’s 12 brands” (Associated Press, February 22). Revenue increased to €192.7 billion from €159.3 billion, a 21 percent increase.

Despite recession in Europe, for the first time ever the group delivered over 9 million automobiles worldwide during the same period, a 12 percent increase spurred by sales in Asia and North America. Not surprisingly, it recommended raising the dividend on shares for its investors. Its executives project a further increase in delivered units in 2013, underscoring the company’s international power, projection and profit.

Today, at the 80-year anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s restaurant rendering of the Volkswagen Beetle, it remains not only prominent on the company website but also popular with worldwide customers.

Most people don’t know of a shocking intelligence document the Trumpet drew attention to back in 1999—intelligence report number EW-Pa 128, dated Nov. 7, 1944—which recounted the following: “After the defeat of Germany, the Nazi Party recognizes that certain of its best-known leaders will be condemned as war criminals. However, in cooperation with the industrialists it is arranging to place its less conspicuous but most important members in positions with various German factories as technical experts or members of its research and designing offices.”

The late Herbert W. Armstrong warned those with ears to hear in the very same year that IG Farben was seized by the Allies. In May 1945, to an audience of World Tomorrow listeners, during the San Francisco United Nations conference, he said: “Men plan, here, to preserve the peace of the world. What most do not know is that the Germans have their plans for winning the battle of the peace. Yes, I said battle of the peace. That’s a kind of battle we Americans don’t know. We know only one kind of war.”

Mr. Armstrong’s 1945 warning continued, “We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War ii, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first—and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round—World War iii!”

As we look through the lens of time at the phenomenal strides made by German business, we see that the United States has already lost that battle. It lost the battle of the peace between World Wars i and ii, and again is losing the battle of the peace following World War ii into the foothills of World War iii.

As founder and editor in chief of the Trumpet, Gerald Flurry has worked to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Armstrong to warn of the final resurrection of a medieval Holy Roman Empire, whose engine is in Germany and whose master resides in Rome (Daniel 2, 8; Revelation 13, 17, 18). Request your free copy of his compelling booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire to understand where today’s events are leading and how tomorrow’s solutions will result.

Hugo Chavez’s Death—a Turning Point for Venezuela?

The death of Hugo Chavez marks a possible shift towards Europe and the Vatican as a new successor will soon be elected during the Venezuelan elections.

World leaders paid their last respects to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday. More than 30 political leaders were in attendance at Chavez’s funeral. Among them was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Chavez reportedly succumbed to a respiratory infection after his two-year battle with cancer. The 58-year-old leader’s death has left the country in uncertainty. Vice President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s interim president on Friday. But opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski called the act unconstitutional, and his party boycotted the swearing-in ceremony.

Venezuela’s constitution bars sitting vice presidents from running for the presidency. However, the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled that Maduro became the acting president after Chavez died, enabling him to run for office.

Elections are scheduled for April 14.

Venezuela is deeply divided, and Chavez’s death could usher in big changes for the government in Caracas. Under Chavez, Venezuela has distanced itself from the Vatican and grown close to Iran. If opposition leader Capriles is elected president there could be a huge shift in Venezuelan foreign policy. Capriles is a self-proclaimed devout Catholic.

Bible prophecy says that Europe and Latin America will draw closer in the near future, cemented together by the Catholic Church. The upcoming elections could prepare the way for this relationship to develop. For more information, read “Is Venezuela on the Verge of a Roman Catholic Spring?

Pope Francis: What the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Know

Pope Francis: What the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Know

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The Internet and Twitterverse is awash with news about the new pope. Few people really understand what the papal election was really about. But Bible prophecy explains what is happening. Here is the real scoop.

In his February 28 Key of David telecast, “Why Did the Pope Resign?,” Gerald Flurry said that we couldn’t understand why the pope resigned without an understanding of the history and prophecy of Europe. “There are many educators and leaders and media personalities that feel certain that they know,” he said, “but I think very few of them do because they don’t understand the history of the Holy Roman Empire, not to mention the history of the Bible or Bible prophecy.”

The pope emeritus has a main goal, Mr. Flurry continued, that we can only understand by looking at the history and prophecy of the Holy Roman Empire. The pope resigned because he wants to ensure a very pro-Holy Roman Empire pope is installed.

The mainstream media predicted that the cardinalship of the Catholic Church would elect a reformer to “clean up” the scandal-plagued Vatican Curia. We shall see whether Pope Francis fits that mold. However, it is also likely the powerful Curia installed a pope sympathetic to the workings of the Curia.

In the same telecast, Gerald Flurry quoted a Spiegel article titled “Exhausted in the Vatican: the final battles of Pope Benedict xvi.” The article pointed out that at least eight months ago the pope and the Curia were already looking for a successor to Benedict.

Both the Vatican Curia and pope emeritus want the new pope to bring unity and peace to the warring factions within the Vatican—so it can focus on uniting Europe under the banner of the Catholic Church.

Except for a precious few articles, the media has all but pushed the pope emeritus into a meaningless retirement. This is not the case at all. Pope Benedict resigned at this precise time to influence the new pope to continue his vision for the Holy Roman Empire. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and as Pope Benedict xvi, this man has been methodically steering the Vatican for a generation.

In that Key of David program, Gerald Flurry sourced Fox News and Laura Ingram who have hosted Catholic authorities and insiders of the Catholic Church on their programs that have stated that “Pope Benedict wanted the time to influence who the next pope would be. They said that themselves—that he wanted to influence who the next pope was going to be. Well, now, why would he want to do that? Why would that be so important to this pope?

“[T]here’s a specific reason, and that is he wants to unite the Holy Roman Empire, as many other Europeans do. [Pope Benedict] has that, I believe, as his primary goal, and he feels he can have a great influence on the next pope that is chosen, who will be a man that he believes can control the Vatican and bring Europe together into what we know as the Holy Roman Empire” (emphasis added).

The final resurrection of the seventh head of the Holy Roman Empire is ready to burst onto the world scene in an amazing way. This is what this is all about. Francis i very well may be the last pope before the return of Jesus Christ. Of course, time will tell. But in the same telecast, Gerald Flurry said the seventh head of the Holy Roman Empire is about to appear, and events in Europe and the world are about to dramatically turn for the worse.

The installation of Pope Francis is about the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and the return of Jesus Christ—the best headline a newspaper could ever have a privilege to print and proclaim.

As Gerald Flurry has explained, this pope will enact a two-pronged strategy: unite the Vatican first, and then move to unite Europe under the banner of the Holy Roman Empire.

That is the real scoop.

Will America Listen to the Most Overwhelming Vote in History?

Will America Listen to the Most Overwhelming Vote in History?

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When 99.8 percent of the population vote for something, you can usually assume that a dictator is pretending to be a democrat. But not this time—99.8 percent of voters in the Falkland Islands chose to remain a British Overseas Territory. Only three people voted no.

With 92 percent of eligible voters turning out, this referendum may be the most overwhelming vote ever. Ahead of time, a betting agency called it “the biggest certainty in political betting history.”

The referendum was the Falkland islanders’ response to Argentina’s saber-rattling. As their economy tanks and the government restricts people’s freedom, Argentina’s leaders distract the population by resurrecting their flimsy claims to the Falkland Islands.

But the most important aspect of this story is how America’s hypocrisy over the islands shows that the “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S. has been destroyed. This short video from The Heritage Foundation sums up the situation well:

The White House tries to pretend to be neutral, by calling for Britain and Argentina to sit down and talk about it. But this is not neutral—that is Argentina’s position. Britain insists that the fate of the Falkland Islands is up to the islanders. But Argentina’s leaders won’t even negotiate if the islanders are present. America is supporting them in this. They have consistently refused to listen to what the islanders want.

The hypocrisy in the White House’s position is staggering. America’s whole existence is built on the principle of self-determination: the right of a population to choose how they’re governed and by what country, if any. America is also perfectly happy to support Britain’s claims to islands which have an American military base. But on the one island without a base, they support the other side.

If British Prime Minister David Cameron were to use the same logic as Argentina and the White House, he’d insist that the Queen hold negotiations with the American-Indian chiefs to decide on the status of the USA. Except in this example, the Indians did live in America before the colonists came. The Falkland Islands have no native inhabitants, unless you count penguins and sea birds.

Former President Ronald Regan proved the special relationship was real back in 1982, when he supported Britain in the war—despite the fact that this went against America’s short term interests in South America. They even offered Britain the use of the Eisenhower—an aircraft carrier. Can you imagine U.S. President Barack Obama doing the same today?

But even Britain’s commitment over the Islands could waver. Popular opinion is strongly favor of doing the right thing and standing by the islanders. But Britain’s chronic debt problem means that it is struggling to afford the Islands’ defense. Daily Mirror columnist Ken Maguire wrote that each year, Britain “spends 75 million euros ($112 million) on troops, missiles, aircraft and warships to guard their sheep lands.”

Retired military figures have spoken out several times, warning that after cuts to the armed forces, Britain would struggle to retake the Islands again, especially if America can’t be relied upon this time. Britain doesn’t even have an aircraft carrier and would have to try and borrow one from France.

So Britain is left without the means to retake the Islands, and without a dependable ally. This collapse in the special relationship is something the Trumpet has forecast for years. For more information on this trend, see our article “The Tie That Binds America, Britain and Israel.”

Inflation Is Destroying the Dollar

Inflation Is Destroying the Dollar


The Dow Jones hit a new record—right?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average flirted with new highs again on Tuesday. The index bounced around 14,445. That put it 352 points above its previous October 2007 high of 14,093.

For investors who bought into the top of the market in 2007, this is welcome news. They finally have a profit!

Not so fast.

Over the past five years, Federal Reserve money printing has devalued the dollar. During that time frame, the purchasing power of the greenback has fallen. It now takes more dollars to buy the same amount of goods.

So have investors really made a profit? The government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics answers: After adjusting for inflation, the Dow Jones would really need to hit 15,072 to make a real, inflation-adjusted high. So in real terms, the Dow is still 4.3 percent below its all-time high.

A 4.3 percent loss over five years is not the end of the world. Besides, many investors have been invested in the market much longer than five years. So how have investors who bought into the market back in 2000 fared?

On January 14, 2000, the index hit 11,782. According to government statisticians, the Dow would need to be at 15,755 just to compensate for inflation. After 13 years, the Dow still hasn’t regained that peak. Anyone who invested on January 14, 2000 is down 9 percent.

But the Dow isn’t the only measure of the stock market. How about the S&P 500, which measures the 500 biggest companies in the U.S. Surely the value of these companies has increased over the past 13 years? The reality is that America’s best and biggest have a long way to go to reach their previous highs too. After accounting for inflation, the S&P 500 is actually down around 25 percent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq is down by more than 50 percent!

These are huge, wealth-destroying losses that most people are unaware of because of the insidious masking effects of inflation.

As measured by the stock market and adjusted for inflation, America’s economy is back to where it was in the 1990s, according to the popular financial blog My Budget 360.

But even if you haven’t invested in the stock market, the effects of inflation have ravaged you.

The dollar has lost approximately half its value since 1987, according to the bls. That means a $1,000 put under your mattress in 1987 is only worth $500 today.

The really scary thing is that your $1,000 you put under your mattress in 1987 may actually be worth even less because government statistics tend to understate the inflation rate. That cool grand may really be worth more like $300 to $400 today.

Inflation is destroying the dollar—and, along with it, much of America’s wealth.

What Sort of Man Will Become the Next Pope?

What Sort of Man Will Become the Next Pope?

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Looking at the man who had the most to do with the composition of the papal conclave gives us strong clues.

It’s official. On Tuesday the voting will commence to select a new pope. Who will occupy the Holy Roman throne?

We accurately forecast the election of Joseph Ratzinger to the papal throne. He was the obvious and natural successor to Pope John Paul ii—an ideological clone if you like—one who could be relied upon not to deviate from the post-World War ii ultra-conservative drive pursued by European Catholic elites. Herbert W. Armstrong forecast for decades—beginning before the end of World War ii—this rise of the Fourth Reich, the prophesied revival of the ancient Holy Roman Empire, under the spiritual influence of the Vatican (Revelation 17:10-12).

Largely undetected by the general public and commentariat, four of the past five popes have assiduously advanced this clear strategic agenda—and the one who didn’t, Pope John Paul i, died prematurely after only 33 days on the papal throne.

In the light of Bible prophecy, this post-World War ii papal history clearly indicates that in order to continue this line of imperialist succession, the next pope will be an ideological clone of Joseph Ratzinger. Popes today may not produce heirs by offspring, but in a very real sense, the past few have reproduced “sons” in their likeness—heirs apparent guaranteed to continue the revival of the imperial Catholic vision.

Hence, Benedict is key to the selection of the next pope. As Gerald Flurry said in a recent Key of Davidtv program, by resigning, Benedict “thinks he can get a person in there that will bring about the uniting of the Holy Roman Empire.”

A close look at Vatican history reveals years of precision planning as Ratzinger rose, step by strategic step, up the ecclesiastical ladder. Mr. Armstrong often warned not to underestimate German thoroughness and long-term planning. Ratzinger’s Vatican career, largely unparalleled in its influence upon the governance of the universal church, exemplifies this German mindset and is essential to consider in the context of the selection of the next pope.

As Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of church history at Oxford University and author of A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, discerningly observes: “You can’t predict the results of a conclave, but the thing you can predict is that whoever emerges will be an ideological clone of Benedict. The reason for that is the present voting cardinals have been chosen by John Paul ii and Benedict to be in their image, to be conservative, to keep a line going. This is going to be another conservative pope ….”

Joseph Ratzinger has played a most proactive role in the universal church’s postwar return to power and the pursuit of its former glory. A review of some highlights of Ratzinger’s career path, from Hitler Youth to pope emeritus, gives us a clear indication of what sort of pope will soon be elected. Consider the consistency of purpose in Ratzinger’s intimate involvement with the following Vatican achievements.

1942 saw the earliest beginnings of the now infamous Vatican ratlines with the blessing of “Hitler’s pope,” Pius xii. In the years following the war, Ratzinger became a key link in the operations of this network of Nazi escape routes, as exposed in a 1991 bbc documentary series (Secret History, “Ratlines,” Nov. 28, 1991). As a young clergyman and protégé of Cardinal Montini—who would become Pope Paul vi—he worked behind the scenes to aid the survival of Nazi leadership, shepherding Catholic elites and funds to international locations where they could continue to work for an imperial Europe.

On Oct. 11, 1962, Vatican ii Council convened, resulting in a dramatic exposure of the liberal and secular influences within the Catholic clergy that even infected the Vatican itself. Nov. 8, 1963, signaled perhaps the most significant intervention in Vatican ii, submitted by Cardinal Joseph Frings, archbishop of Cologne. It resonated like an earthquake through the assembly of more than 3,000 bishops. The resulting tremors would dramatically shake the Vatican. It firmly turned the church in a direction favoring conservative elites and their empirical vision, thus enabling their “hostile” takeover of the most powerful department in the Vatican Curia.

In his book on Vatican ii, Cardinal Henri de Lubac reports that the author of Fring’s intervention was none other than his personal secretary, Joseph Ratzinger (Entretien autour de Vatican II; emphasis added):

Joseph Ratzinger, an expert at the Council, was also the private secretary of Cardinal Frings, archbishop of Cologne. Blind, the old cardinal largely utilized his secretary to write his interventions. Now then, one of these interventions became memorable: It was a radical criticism of the methods of the Holy Office. Despite a reply by Cardinal Ottaviani, Frings sustained his critique.It is not an exaggeration to say that on that day the old Holy Office, as it presented itself then, was destroyed by Ratzinger in union with his archbishop.

The upshot was, the Holy Office of the Inquisition—which, following Vatican ii, became the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—was overthrown by the conservative cabal, actually giving it control of the execution of the Vatican ii Council’s recommended reforms. Hence, under successive conservative popes, these liberal reforms have been cleverly thwarted, denied, reinterpreted, sidelined or buried, most particularly by Ratzinger.

As MacCulloch wrote of Ratzinger: “Neither he nor his predecessor John Paul ii liked the direction which Vatican ii took, though a veritable industry of official Catholic historiography has assiduously promoted the view that they were all for it and its results. … One crucial principle so prominent in the Council’s thinking, ‘collegiality’ in making decisions on the future of the church, has been set aside during both John Paul ii’s and Benedict’s pontificates.”

It becomes obvious that John Paul ii’s choice of Ratzinger for the office of prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was to carry out the destruction and reengineering that he initiated in the infamous Vatican ii intervention. He would serve in this role for over 24 years until his ascendancy to the papal throne. During his tenure, Ratzinger earned himself the nicknames of “Cardinal No” and the “Pope’s Rottweiler” for the iron fist with which he systematically worked to purge the church of reformists. He worked intimately with John Paul ii during this time, the two collaborating to methodically stack the deck in the Curia, positioning and shaping ideological clones to ensure their future line of succession.

By April 17, 2005, when the papal conclave was convened following the death of Pope John Paul ii, Joseph Ratzinger had become a towering figure in the resurgence of Vatican power and influence, casting a long shadow over both church and state. Unsurprisingly, this was to be one of the shortest conclaves in Vatican history, the College of Cardinals obviously primed as to the order of succession.

Consequently, Ratzinger reigned supreme for almost eight years as sovereign of Vatican State, consolidating and further advancing what had been achieved by his partnership with his predecessor.

On February 11, Pope Benedict announced his resignation, catching the world and most Catholics off guard. The specific timing of his announcement and subsequent vacating of the papal throne on February 28 particularly reveals the keen strategic nature of this son of Rome. Here again, Ratzinger’s Holy Roman imperial strategy is clearly seen as he forces the hand of his appointed cardinals to select his successor within a precisely limited time frame.

“The Vatican appears to be aiming to have a new pope installed by next Friday so he can preside over the Holy Week ceremonies starting Palm Sunday, March 24,” cbn News reports. “Many Vatican-based cardinals have been pushing for a quick decision-making process.” Beginning Tuesday, this means they have only four days of balloting to arrive at the required two-thirds majority.

In a final stroke of genius, not only will the pope emeritus wear the papal white robes and reside in Vatican City, he will additionally retain the services of the papal secretary. As one news source described the unique situation, “Two pontiffs, both wearing white, both called ‘pope’ and living a few yards from one another, with the same key aide serving them.” The loyal and trusted private secretary of Pope Benedict since 2003, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, will continue to serve the needs of the pope emeritus in addition to fulfilling his day job as prefect of the new pope’s household.

Swiss theologian Hans Kueng, Benedict’s one-time colleague-turned-critic, told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, “With Benedict xvi, there is a risk of a shadow pope who has abdicated but can still indirectly exert influence.”

Whether Ratzinger’s continuing influence is direct or indirect, this strategic move further ensures the line of succession—a pope who will expedite the age-old imperialist Catholic vision.

In these and many more ways, Pope Benedict xvi has strategized to “reproduce” through his successor. His precisely engineered Vatican career has shaped ample “offspring,” cloned in the ideological image of post-World War ii popes, himself in particular. Over the past 62-plus years, as the last resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire has slowly risen under the guise of a German-dominated European Union, Ratzinger has concurrently played a powerfully integral role in positioning the universal church to seize the reins of that emerging empire. Now it falls to his ideological clone—the next pope—to take up those reins and prepare to ride the beast of a prophesied, united European superpower (Revelation 17:3).