Helmuth Hubener circa 1941
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This article was intended as an appendix to Chapter One of my new book, No Mormon for President . But in the interests of publishing time, it will not find its way into the book as a desired clarification to chapters 1, "The Setup: Mormonism vs. Nazism and 11, "What to expect if Romney is Elected."
No Mormon for President illustrates the mess-up that will be created by a mix-up of religion and politics as was found in Nazi Germany and as will be found in the United States if the Mormon quest for empire is achieved by Mitt Romney's election to the presidency of the United States. Helmuth Hubener was a Mormon in Hitler's Germany until he was arrested, tried for treason; found guilty and beheaded by guillotine in November 1942 at the age of 17 years.
The Mormon Church has a list known as the 13 Articles of Faith outlining its position on a number of areas of belief. Article 12 reads, " We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." That statement was a necessary declaration of position to enable the church to expand itself in a world of pluralistic governing styles from kingdoms to dictatorships to democratic republics.
Therefore activities that would not be a treasonous act by a Mormon in the United States would [according to Article 12] be a crime in a fascist state such as Germany between 1933 and 1945. That said, Mormons in Germany were required to follow Hitler when on the one hand he had it in for Jews and on the other Mormons had a needed connection to Jews for the legitimacy of its own world position. Thus Helmuth Hubener was in fact in violation of Article 12 of the Mormon faith as well as treason laws of Germany when he did his thing.
Born January 8, 1925, just 4 years older than this writer, Helmuth Hubener was a third generation Mormon teenager who recognized the terrible wrong in Hitler's Germany and worked against it to the best of his ability by writing and distributing pamphlets and other acts [listening to forbidden BBC broadcasts from the UK] to expose what he considered to be inhuman and wrong. A sample of his pamphlets:
"German boys! Do you know the country without freedom, the country of terror and tyranny? Yes, you know it well, but are afraid to talk about it. They have intimidated you to such an extent that you don't dare talk for fear of reprisals. Yes you are right; it is Germany -- Hitler Germany! Through their unscrupulous terror tactics against young and old, men and women, they have succeeded in making you spineless puppets to do their bidding."
From Wikipedia.comMormon President, Heber J. Grant had visited church members in Germany's Third Reich in 1937 when Helmuth was just 12 years old. Grant made no negative comments about the Third Reich during his visit but told the members to hold fast. His visit was a year before Kristallnacht when coordinated public and government persecution against Jews became wide spread in Germany. The visit was also 4-1/2 years following the February, 1933 burning of the Reichstag which from history we suspect was Hitler's use of a false flag operation by which he stripped democracy by the Enabling Act legislated the very day after the fire obviously prepared and waiting for the burning of the Reichstag. Sixty eight years later a similar event happened in America**
Germany, become a dictatorship after the Reichstag incident by the Enabling Act when Helmuth was eight years old. Since Boy Scouts [of which he was one] at the time were converted to being Hitler Youth, he found himself opposed to all that Germany had become and stood for. He found a short-wave radio and was listening to broadcasts from England which convinced him that Germans had become spineless wimps.
The Gestapo traced his radio receiver and he was arrested for treason and due to his mature reasoning ability was tried as an adult rather than a juvenile.
Whether by the authority of Article 12 of the 13 articles of faith and/or by the fact that what he was doing placed German Mormons in jeopardy, shortly after his arrest, he was excommunicated from the church. It is likely that his local Melchizedek Priesthood leader [Branch President] being a devout Nazi used a combination of Article 12 and the broader sense of church member jeopardy to justify excommunication. So he would not be a Mormon if convicted and executed.
It was alleged that the Branch President who excommunicated him did so without the needed priesthood authority of the Hamburg Mormon District president making the excommunication bogus and thus reversible. Yet similar to a Bishop's Court it is arguable that the Branch President did not need the approval of a District President any more that a Bishop would need a Stake President's approval to excommunicate an Aaronic Priesthood member [assuming he was a Teacher or Priest at the time]. A right of trial de novo by the District President would be in order if requested but if not asked for the excommunication would stand final and be "legal".
Beyond smoke and mirrors, it appears little effort was made by the church in Salt Lake City other than recognition that the excommunication was annullable but stopping short of a plea for clemency for Hubener. Previously the dumping of him as a member precluded that need. To plead clemency would have caused a distancing of the church from the favor of Hitler as has been previously explained in other writings and its selective failure to enforce its own article 12. That Distancing was a choice of the church, in effect acquiescence to the conduct of Hitler's regime. To do otherwise the church would have shot itself in the foot under Article 12.
Some language attributed to the Gestapo asserting that, "After the Jews we will deal with Mormons", had no authority of Hitler and has been asserted by apologists of the church to infer that Hitler held disrespect for Mormons on the same keel as Jews. Such is historically inaccurate.
After the war in 1946, Hubener was posthumously restored to full membership status in the church. By that time of course his soul already knew of the fraud of Mormonism as do the souls of every Mormon who have died since Joseph Smith, including Smith himself, but unfortunately they can't come back to tell us. It is also true that every person who has removed him or herself from the church is equally aware of the fraud of the church. Only the brainwashed remain faithful.
What Hubener said about Hitler's Germany applies equally well to the tactics of the Mormon Church in suppressing free will of Mormon members against the dictatorial position of the theocratic "King" of the church. In fact what happened to Hubener will happen to dissidents of the church both members and non-members if and when it should acquire secular rule after Mitt Romney's election to office as President.