Occult Roots of Nazism Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology

ISBN-10: 0814730604
ISBN-13: 9780814730607
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Description: If anyone still questions the power which myth exercises over the human mind, he should readThe Occult Rules of Nazism." Anthony Storr "An extensive survey of . . . theosophy, astrology, and `ariosophy' (Aryan-racist-occult theories) . . . An  More...

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Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 203
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

If anyone still questions the power which myth exercises over the human mind, he should readThe Occult Rules of Nazism." Anthony Storr "An extensive survey of . . . theosophy, astrology, and `ariosophy' (Aryan-racist-occult theories) . . . An intriguing study of apocalyptic fantasies." Times Literary Supplement Nearly half a century after the defeat of the Third Reich, Nazism remains a subject of extensive historical inquiry, general interest, and, alarmingly, a source of inspiration for resurgent fascism in Europe. Goodrick-Clarke's powerful and timely book traces the intellectual roots of Nazism back to a number of influential occult and millenarian sects in the Habsburg Empire during its waning years. These sects combined notions of popular nationalism with an advocacy of Aryan racism and a proclaimed need for German world-rule. This book provides the first serious account of the way in which Nazism was influenced by powerful millenarian and occult sects that thrived in Germany and Austria almost fifty years before the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. These millenarian sects (principally the Ariosophists) espoused a mixture of popular nationalism, Aryan racism, and occultism to support their advocacy of German world-rule. Over time their ideas and symbols, filtered through nationalist-racist groups associated with the infant Nazi party, came to exert a strong influence on Himmler's SS. The fantasies thus fueled were played out with terrifying consequences in the realities structured into the Third Reich: Auschwitz, Sobibor, and Treblinka, the hellish museums of Nazi apocalypse, had psychic roots reaching back to millenial visions of occult sects. Beyond what the TImes Literary Supplement calls an intriguing study of apocalyptic fantasies, this bizarre and fascinating story contains lessons we cannot afford to ignore.

Acknowledgements
Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
The Background
The Pan-German Vision
The Modern German Occult Revival 1880-1910
The Ariosophists of Vienna
Guido von List
Wotanism and Germanic Theosophy
The Armanenschaft
The Secret Heritage
The German Millennium
Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels and Theozoology
The Order of the New Templars
Ariosophy in Germany
The Germanenorden
Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the Thule Society
The Holy Runes and the Edda Society
Herbert Reichstein and Ariosophy
Karl Maria Wiligut: The Private Magus of Heinrich Himmler
Ariosophy and Adolf Hitler
Appendix A: Genealogy of Lanz von Liebenfels
Appendix B: Genealogy of the Sebottendorff Family
Appendix C: The History of Ariosophy
Appendix D: New Templar Verse
Appendix E: The Modern Mythology of Nazi Occultism
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index

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