Revolutionaries challenge established powers. This starts by asking a few, often simple, questions and then proceeds, if it indeed it reaches that key stage, into a struggle that redefines the limits of the revolutionaries’s will power. Success will make them remembered by following generations, however it is their struggle that will make them great. For without it, there would be nothing.
Martin Luther is one of history’s most famous revolutionaries. His daring to ask certain unorthodox questions led to the Protestant Reformation, which, in turn, led to the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation, and both redefined the Christian faith and its followers.
The 2003 film Luther is a dramatization of its titular subject’s life. It remains reasonably faithful to his life story for the key part of it that it covers, but it also makes some key omissions and in the end reduces Luther’s message to a contemporary humanist level.
There is a clever device right in the film’s opening credits: the film’s title first appears as Luther’s signature – it is literally “written” onto the screen – before the conventional printed title appears. A signature is supposed to connote authenticity. As if it is Martin Luther himself telling the story.
We then see a young man scared for his life in the middle of field as a furious thunderstorm is raging. The young man says that he will give his life to serving God if only his life be spared. This is Martin Luther. He keeps his promise and begins to study theology and soon joins the priesthood. During his first mass, young Luther seems taken in by light streaming through the stained glass window above – is it wonder? awe? – and it causes him to fumble his first mass, much to his father’s dissatisfaction. Luther’s father even doubts his son’s motivations for becoming a priest, but the young man only relents.
He enters into an abbey and soon finds himself on his first pilgrimage to Rome. It is right there, in the center of Christendom, that he sees what will set the course for the rest of his life. In the Church, when he fumbled the mass, Luther saw a glimpse of his ideal – a direct connection to God, a personal connection that one faithful person can experience and learn from; now in Rome, Luther sees the antithesis – the infamous “indulgences” and the market that deals with them. Much to Luther’s surprise, it is possible, according to Roman Law, to buy one’s way into Heaven. Or to shorten your dead relatives’ time in Purgatory, or even release them early. As Johann Tetzel, salesman of indulgences, puts it: “Coin in the coffer rings, a soul from Purgatory springs” thereby effectively reducing the idea of spiritual salvation down to an advertising slogan. Luther quickly sees the hypocritical and ignoble in the selling of indulgences. He even says that the indulgence certificate received upon purchase is “just paper.”
Interestingly, when Tetzel is first shown holding one of these certificates (or “guarantees” or whatnot), he shot is framed so that it is seen through fire – a not so subtle connection to the fear-mongering hellfire speech that he had just given in that scene in order to scare peasants into buying his indulgences.
Throughout the film, Luther is framed with sunlight in key scenes. This can be first seen when he is scrubbing the floors of his abbey, making them very sparkly and clean. His mentor even jokes that he is working himself to hard. This scene comes after Luther’s first trip to Rome when he was angry with all the hypocrisy that he saw, which included monks buying sex and a glimpse of Papal pomp. In the scrubbing scene, after his mentor’s bit of humor, Luther hoists himself up from the floor and then while still kneeling he is framed to match a tall sun lit window in the back and the floor he scrubbed shines bright. It is a brief scene, but a very telling one in that it gets to the essence of Luther’s struggle: it is the effort that counts, not the money. Luther sought to teach that Christians can make themselves free from sin by emulating Jesus, through the effort of faith and the rejection of materialism like indulgences and idol worship.
After he makes his ideas officially public with the famous 95 Theses, Luther is slapped with excommunication and a bounty is put on his head, however one of his friends from a high place gives him sanctuary. Luther then goes on to translate the New Testament from Latin into his vernacular German. This great effort would go on to help standardize the German language as well as add refinements to the science of translation.
Luther starts a populist wave, of sorts, with his bringing of Scripture into the vernacular. Much to his dismay this brings its share of violence and madness, but in the end, his teachings catch on and garner intelligent followers. The film, especially, by the end, becomes a rather romanticized and idealized version of Luther’s story, but how can three tense decades be compressed into two hours without such storytelling devices? They really cannot. Luther’s story really demands a full miniseries.
The film ends in 1530 right after the Diet of Augsburg when a now happily married Luther learns that Roman Law no longer looms over his homeland.
Short of True Revolution
The overall portrait of Martin Luther as seen in this film can be described as humanist. He is shown as a warm-hearted man who is disgusted with Vatican hypocrisy and sets out to counter it. There is a theme of “freedom” in the contemporary liberal sense of “giving it to the people” as Luther seeks to make the Bible available to commoners. That’s not an ignoble goal, but critically short of Aryanism. The overarching notion here is similar to the end of the Lord of the Rings film adaptation, which has that critical deviation from the source novel, and that is: someone capable will bring good to the world, all you have to do is “have faith.” This theme can also be seen in comic books as superheroes fight super-villains, while ordinary people look on in terror and awe knowing that they could never rise up to such feats. It’s a rather prevalent form of mass pacification.
The intensity of Luther’s struggle is also toned down. During the months when he was translating the Bible, Luther suffered from various ailments that caused him great pain – these are only mentioned in passing in the film and the character on screen looks more like a book worm or nerd as he notices a subtlety in the translation process – something most others would find trivial – while sitting on the floor in a room with papers strewn all over. That must have been part of the struggle, however, the key part was Luther’s spiritual battle. The will to overcome a grand corrupt scheme, one that has propaganda and blindly loyal enforcers nearly everywhere. There are some scenes of this inner battle, most notably right before the Edict of Worms is passed, but it is a shame that this wasn’t made into one of the film’s key themes or had a series of scenes throughout the film and each one would progress. It was with such sleepless nights and brainstorms that must have brought Luther’s revolutionary ideas into action. Being driven as such as he was could have only meant a treacherously rough ride.
The limited budget excuse doesn’t cut it here. It was a theme that should have been developed from the very beginning of the film project, screenplay stage, and then wound up as a key aspect of the whole story. However, this watering down isn’t nearly as deceptive as another aspect of the film that wasn’t censored in anyway – it was just completely avoided.
Anyone who knows the general story of Martin Luther right down to his biographers knows this: Luther hated Jews. The preceding three words are the biggest possible simplification that one can make on this controversial aspect about the challenger to the Vatican, however those words remain true. By delving deeper into this subject we can plainly see why it was avoided.
Firstly, there is the simplest reason: this aspect of Luther came at the end of his life. The film ends in 1530, while Luther’s writings about Jews are from after 1537, the last nine years of his life. Thus, this was not included in the film as the core of what Luther had brought into the World had already been discussed.
That would be an acceptable reason, however let’s take a look at the film’s closing text:
“What happened at Augsburg pushed open the door of religious freedom. Martin Luther lived for another 16 years, preaching and teaching the Word. He and Katharina von Bora enjoyed a happy marriage and six children. Luther’s influence extended into economics, politics, education and music, and his translation of the Bible became a foundation stone of the German language. Today over 540 million people worship in churches inspired by his Reformation.”
It seems that the filmmakers just wanted to show a good-hearted humanist hero, one with heart of gold, as they saying goes. This could be for market value, but seeing that this was an independently produced film, in Europe (and not Hollywood), they were not too concerned with the profits of a potential huge hit. They made the film exactly as they intended: a humanist hero. Notice that this is also a common way to show Jesus, Gandhi and other spiritual teachers. Yet, what do the two aforementioned spiritual leaders have in common with not just each other, and also with Martin Luther: they held a negative view of the Jews. All their writings and teaching have passed through the Zio-sieve, so don’t expect to read about any of this from any politically correct sources. PC is just a tentacle of ZC.
Secondly, with this in mind, let’s return to the quote above. Now with an Aryanist understanding, “religious freedom” and “preaching and teaching the Word” means pointing out the vicious and hypocritical nature of Judaism as that is precisely what Luther did in those last years! It is not the information that ZC tries to hide, but a certain and vital understanding of it. Facts can be twisted and even fabricated, while a profound insight is practically untouchable.
There was another movie from 2003 called Hitler: The Rise of Evil (yes that’s the actual title), which had similar manipulations of its historical main character. In a film about Hitler it is impossible not to mention Jews, even the 2004 film Der Untergang has a forcefully tacked on title card at the end with the “6 million figure” though it makes no references to Jewry otherwise. Due to this impossibility of convenient omission, they mention Jews in a way that agrees with mainstream myth. The opening scenes show Hitler still as a child and we can see that his mother occasionally spouts something unpleasant about the Jews. This attempt at “honest” portrayal and the delving into the psyche of Hitler seems to suggest that hate is picked up from a poor upbringing. That Hitler was just a product of a World hateful to the Jews. This is pure folly.
In Mein Kampf, the first mention of Jews is in the second half of chapter 2 when Hitler begins to discuss Social Democracy as he saw it in Vienna. He even admits to not even hearing the word “Jew” much until he was at least 14 and then always in a political context. Thus, as with Martin Luther, it wasn’t racist propaganda that was engrained in his mind and then exploded in rage when he was an adult – that is what the Jews would like the goyim to think.
Rather, the fact is that both Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther started to despise the Jews from observations of their World and what Jewry does to it. Jews are not hated simply because they are Jews, that’s irrational. Jews are despised for the most rational reasons possible: people eventually see what Jews stand for, believe in, and seek to accomplish. Most critically, people eventually see what the Jews do in order to get their way. That is what gets people to detest Jews.
Martin Luther’s treatise, On the Jews and Their Lies, was written in 1543, three years before his death. Luther’s life was a struggle against corruption, materialism and hypocrisy – and he wound up despising Jewry with precise reasons as to why and that is no coincidence.
Luther’s main criticisms of the Jews in this famous treatise are that they willfully misinterpret the Word of God for their own ends. Luther states that, “they presume to be God’s only people, to condemn all the world, and they expect that their arrogance and boasting will please God, that he should repay them with a Messiah of their own choosing and prescription.” Jews simply refuse to cordially relate with non-Jews, since they know it will bring material disadvantage their tribe. They have even refused, according to Luther, to accept God-ordained changes to this end and this is heresy thus should be despised. He further states what he wishes to say to every Jew, “listen, Jehudi, do you realize that I am a real brother of all the holy children of Israel and a co-heir in the kingdom of the true Messiah?” Thus, Luther tried being sympathetic to Jews, going so far as basically affirming their religion and saying that now all are open to its graces. This would mean accepting new followers and members, and much like Israel today, the Jews are never up for such universal things – they always seek to remain exclusionary.
“Any trial based on the assumption that Jews and goyim are equal is a total travesty of justice” ~Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, quoted in the NY Times
When people of tenacious persistence notice this and call the Jews out on it, it is those very people at whom Jews launch hate the most. Luther’s writing are a silver mirror. So are Hitler’s. The Jew fears such things for they threaten his position.
Hiding in the Dark
This film is also part of a general theme of “questioning Christianity.” Movies repeatedly come out that raise such questions, most notably The Da Vinci Code and its source novel. Now, I do not believe the Christian faith is perfect and neither was Martin Luther, whose aforementioned treatise contains a fair bit of anger and advocates violent force to be used against Jews. I understand his anger, but do not condone nor advocate such courses of action.
What I do advocate is questioning all traditional religions, even picking apart the many absurdities in Judaism, which always seems to get a pass. The Talmud Code, anyone?
“What the Jews call their religion coincides exactly with their character.” ~Dietrich Eckart
Such a project wouldn’t get off the ground in the mainstream, Judeo-monopolized sphere, since the only people that can discuss such matters are Jews, whilst hiding in the dark, though, imagine if someone publicly labeled Judaism as intrinsically absurd and racist! We can bet that they would very quickly be labeled as an “anti-Semite.” The accusations of heresy that were directed at Luther were pretty much the same; from the same kind of mindset, anyway.
When the full history of Martin Luther is considered we can see that one man’s lifelong quest for truth and honor in spirituality leads him despise Jews. In the part of the film where Luther tells a woman that the indulgence she bought is “just paper” can be directly applied to the Fiat money scheme of today – money is literally “just paper.” Further investigation will uncover who is really behind such things and a dedicated investigator will likely despise Jews even before he finds out authentic solutions to the problem.
The selling of indulgences was, in fact, a way to get people psychologically and spiritually hooked on a money-swindling scheme. Today’s financial news that praises economists for solving “crises” and other things works much the same way – combining fear and wonder in a scheme that rakes in loyal followers who will soon not even be aware of anything beyond it.
Note the Aryan definition of “Zion” – a sustainable system of slavery in which internal rebellion is no longer possible. Why is rebellion no longer possible? Likely not due to fear, but due to ignorance. Zion is a “mind-monopoly” where the prisoners can think of nothing other than serving Zion. Thus, even if anything else exists (like the Zionists’ elite standings and luxuries) it becomes irrelevant by the system default. The horror is that the only possible setting in this system is “default.”
To prevent such a nightmare from becoming reality, the story of Luther shouldn’t be the main inspiration, but definitely one of them – a little stone to be inserted into the mosaic that is the Aryan Kampf.