I said plenty. What I said is that you can't just say 'he was pursuing paganism, deal with it.' It's no more true than to say 'he was christian, deal with it.' There are strong arguments for both sides and as such my conclusion was that both influenced the movement to some degree and that it was not an outgrowth of one movement in particular. Considering the back and forth bickering so far and the thorough unwillingness to bend to the opposing view, that's a fairly radical statement.BTW its no secret that Ratzinger served as all youth and their parents who wanted to live did. A very dangerous thing to speak ill. Detractors often disappeared in the night after being reported by their own children or others who were being indoctrinated or given postions of Authority. The Army was powerful enough to overthrow Hitler even after he declared Chancellor. However he have them what they wanted and told them what they wanted to hear. His SS was basically thugs ex army who had a job. The treaty of Versailles was very oppressive to the German People. Jobs and prosperity was welcomed the means however required alot of looking the other way. Eisenhower required pictures and gathering of documents of the camps and Germans in surrounding villages were brought through to help bury the dead. Eisenhower made certain it was documented so those who today some 60 years later already say it never happened. Ahminutjob comes to mind. However Ratzinger is well aware of what was taught in the indoctrination and his family was rebellious. How does that saying go... Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Christianity doesnt have a perfect record either, but its no secret that Christians were persecuted as well but make no mistake the Catholic Church was in direct opposition to Hitlers views.
I certainly don't believe that the pope was in any way complicit in the whole Nazi enterprise. That's as much of a false conspiracy theory in my mind as any proposed Jewish world domination bid.
I have no doubt that Ratzinger is a very well educated man. Nearly the whole of the clergy is quite well educated and anything Bishop and above, doubly so. But there are many well educated people I have strong disagreements with. And on the subject of Nazism being an outgrowth of anything other than a pack of sick minds who took advantage of a bad situation, I think he's sorely mistaken.
The famous quote attributed to Hitler that if the Jews hadn't existed he would have invented them applies here as well. Hitler was an opportunist. Based on the wide range of groups he both critiqued and praised throughout his life all I can make out for sure is that he'd say anything to stay on top. It's not an unusual behavior for ambitious politicians. Had the Roma been the dominant anti-semitic group, I have little doubt he'd be dancing with the gypsies all the way to the Chancellorship.