12 Commandments (detail above) is a proposed site-specific installation featuring a Holy Bible, altered to mimic Adolf Hitler's "Third Reich Bible," placed in a cell in the former prison JVA Kaßberg in Chemnitz, Germany
NEW YORK, May 15, 2011 -- In 2006, the UK newspaper Daily Mirror reported that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler created his own Third Reich Bible, which contained rewritten text that included his own "12 Nazi Commandments."
12 Commandments is intended for a site-specific installation in a cell in a former prison, the JVA Kaßberg in Chemnitz, Germany. The Bible signifies the first documented use of Chemnitz in 1143 as site of a Benedictine monastery. The altered "Nazi-fication" of the Bible indicates the city's World War II history: Chemnitz was carpet bombed several times by RAF and USAF by more than 1,500 planes. The placement of a Bible in a prison also indicates the common "finding of God" by prisoners.
All Jewish words, such as Hallelujah and Jehovah were erased from Hitler's version of Bible. Additionally, all sentiments of compassion were removed. In 1941, around 100,000 Third Reich Bibles were published and sent to thousands of churches. Most of these Bibles are believed to have been destroyed. A single surviving copy was discovered in a Hamburg church.
According to Sky News, Hitler's bible was called Germans with God. "It is thought Hitler ordered race theorists to rewrite the Bible so he could harness the power of the religion he hated to his cause."
MomenTech has partially recreated one of these Bibles, replacing the Bible's original Ten Commandments with Hitler's 12:
1. Honour God and believe in him wholeheartedly
2. Seek out the peace of God
3. Avoid all hypocrisy
4. Holy is your health and life
5. Holy is your wellbeing and honour
6. Holy is your truth and fidelity
7. Honour your father and mother - your children are your aid and your example
8. Keep the blood pure and your honour holy
9. Maintain and multiply the heritage of your forefathers
10. Be ready to help and forgive
11. Honour your Fuhrer and master
12. Joyously serve the people with work and sacrifice.
12 Commandments contemplates Chemnitz's history as a Benedictine monastery, as an Allied target during World War II and presents a rare glimpse at the ego-driven philosophy that fueled Adolf Hitler in the emotionally and culturally charged location of the JVA Kaßberg prison.