Occult Roots of Nazism Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology
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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 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.
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Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1993
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|The Pan-German Vision|
|The Modern German Occult Revival 1880-1910|
|The Ariosophists of Vienna|
|Guido von List|
|Wotanism and Germanic Theosophy|
|The Secret Heritage|
|The German Millennium|
|Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels and Theozoology|
|The Order of the New Templars|
|Ariosophy in Germany|
|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|