The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology
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Over half a century after the defeat of the Third Reich the complexities of Nazi ideology are still being unravelled. This text is a serious attempt to identify these ideological origins. It demonstrates the way in which Nazism was influenced by powerful occult and millenarian sects that thrived in Germany and Austria at the turn of the century. Their ideas and symbols filtered through to nationalist-racist groups associated with the infant Nazi party and their fantasies were played out with terrifying consequences in the Third Reich: Auschwitz, Sobibor and Treblinka are the hellish museums of the Nazi apocalypse. This bizarre and fascinating story contains lessons we cannot afford to ignore.
at Berlin in August 1896, when the American theosophists Katherine Tingley, E. T. Hargrove and C. F. Wright were travelling through Europe to drum up overseas support for their movement.15 Zillmann's own studies and the articles in his ~eriodicalbetraved a marked eclecticism: contributions on yoga, phrenology, astrology, animal magnetism and hypnotism jostled with reprints of the medieval German mystics, a late eighteenth-century rosicrucian-alchemical treatise, and the works of the modern French
agent's obedience to the 'laws of nature' received detailed treatment. WOTANISM AND GERMANIC THEOSOPHY Chapter headings were supplemented with the cryptic theosophy and Chapter headings were supplemented with the cryptic theosophical sigils @ .' By now a synthesis of theosophy and Germanic mythology formed the basis of List's Weltanschauung. His first three 'research reports' even made occasional use of the word 'theosophy' in their exposition of imaginary ancient Teutonic belief^.^ List
occultism in their doctrines is principally explicable as a sacred form of legitimation for their profound reaction to the present and their extreme political attitudes. The fantasies of the Ariosophists concerned elitism and purity, a sense of mission in the face of cons~iracies.and millenarian visions of a felicitous national future. This introduction is intended to set the scene for a detailed examination ofAriosophy. The background against which Ariosophy arose was that of the contemporary
Alexandria to Constantinople via Piraeus and Izmir. On his arrival at the Golden Horn he was taken by caYque up the Bosporus to the country home of Hussein Pasha at Cubuklu near Beykoz. THE O C C U L T ROOTS O F NAZISM Although still intending to return home to resune his studies, Glauer was so enchanted by the country, its customs, and his gracious host that he decided to stay on. After learning Tarkish from the imam of the Beykoz mosque, and familiarizing himself with the manners of the
bearer of a secret line of German royaltyand showed him tomes on heraldry and his own coat-of-arms and family seal as proof of this claim. He obliquely stated that 'his crown lav in the i m ~ e r i a l~ a l a c eat Goslar and his sword in a stone grave at Steinamanger'. O n the basis of his ancestral-clairvoyant memory he described the religious practices, military organization, and constitutional arrangements of the ancient Germans in terms that also closely resembled the earlier revelations of