The Nazis, in the Nuremberg trials, quoted from Luther's writings, particularly from his thesis. On the Jews and their Lies. Hitler himself said, "I am only doing what Martin Luther proposed."
It was Luther who had advocated razing synagogues, casting the Jews from their homes and herding them into labour camps.
At Eisleben, an ailing Luther again publicly preached against the Jews, accusing Jewish doctors of poisoning their victims and declaring that Jews gladly murder Christians wherever and whenever they can. His appeals and his language were both venomous and vitriolic in the extreme. He preached that the Jews should be dealt with harshly and expelled, and expressed his intention to devote himself to the expulsion of the Jews. Mercifully for the Jews, God did not spare him further time and he died on 18th February 1546, four days after this speech.
As the Jews had been spared 400 years in Egypt before an evil pharaoh would execute an evil plan so four hundred years after Luther's seven point plan a latter-day Pharaoh called Hitler would run with Luther's baton. Luther's seven great proposals for action against the Jews, developed in his thesis On the Jews and Their Lies were as follows: -
1. Set fire to their synagogues and schools.
2. Seize and destroy their houses.
3. Confiscate their prayer books andTalmudic writings.
4. Forbid their Rabbis to teach on pain of death.
5. Completely abolish their safe conduct on highways.
6. Take away all their cash and treasures and prohibit them from usury.
7. Put them into pressed labour under flail, axe, spade, distaff and spindle.
In chapter two of Mein Kampf Hitler stated, "Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator, by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord." Dietrich Eckart was a close Nazi party comrade of Hitler and in March 1924 a pamphlet Bolshevism from Moses to Lenin: A dialogue between Adolf Hitler and me was published posthumously in Munich from his unfinished notes. Eckart directly quoted Hitler as follows, "Martin Luther has been the greatest encouragement of my life. Luther was a great man. He was a giant. Within one blow he heralded the coming of the new-dawn and new age. He saw clearly that the Jews need to be destroyed and we're only beginning to see what we need to carry this work on."
Julius Streicher, one of the most notorious Nazi anti-Semites used Luther's seven recommendations in his defence at the Nuremberg trials. Streicher, at his trial, openly and honestly stated, "I have never said anything that Luther did not say." His newspaper Der Sturmer (the Nazi hate paper) had for its motto Luther's quote, Die Juden sind unser Ungluck (The Jews are our misfortune).