Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945
[Letter from Klaus Neuberg to Salient Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945]
Dear Sir.—In the last issue of Salient there is a report about the recent debate on the motion that Christianity is the only solution to present day chaos. I am supposed to have said at this debate that Christianity is the shortest route to Buchen-wald. May I object strongly against this gross mis-statement of my remark. Let me put the matter straight.
One of the speakers who had been on the platform before me had painted a rosy picture of the rule of Christianity during the Middle Ages, and had claimed that unless we accept Christianity as the only solution to our present day problems, we could look forward to a reign of terror and Gestapo methods in the future. In my own speech 1 took exception to the use of the word "only" in the text of the motion and in answer to the previous speaker I described the far from "rosy" conditions that prevailed in those days of the Inquisition, when people were forced to accept Christianity as the "only" solution. And I finished up by saying that to adopt the motion as it stood, to grant any "one" dogma the monopoly of all grace, whether this dogma was Christianity or any other creed, was the nearest route to Buchenwald. Surely, this is far from saying that Christianity as such leads to Buchenwald, as your report suggests.
I am quite prepared to answer for any statements which I did make, but I have no intention to stand by statements which I did not make.
(Dear Sir.—We sincerely apologies for the unintentional misrepresentation of your remarks in the report of the SCM debate. It was due entirely to negligence on our part.)