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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 05:21 PM
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130. And, of course, it goes back further than that
The "Gott mit uns" slogan was more associated with the Prussian kingdom and then empire, as it was the slogan of Frederick I, who had taken it from the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, who had taken it from Nobiscum deus, a phrase originating during the Christian phase of the Roman Empire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gott_mit_uns

The combination of militarism and freaky religiosity in German culture certainly didn't originate with Hitler and the Nazis, nor is it, of course, a uniquely German phenomenon, as the story in the OP reminds us.
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