Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology / Edition 1

Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology / Edition 1

by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Martin Campbell-Kelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814730604

ISBN-13: 9780814730607

Pub. Date: 09/01/1993

Publisher: New York University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814730607
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
203
Sales rank:
285,830
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Background
1The Pan-German Vision7
2The Modern German Occult Revival 1880-191017
Pt. 2The Ariosophists of Vienna
3Guido von List33
4Wotanism and Germanic Theosophy49
5The Armanenschaft56
6The Secret Heritage66
7The German Millennium78
8Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels and Theozoology90
9The Order of the New Templars106
Pt. 3Ariosophy in Germany
10The Germanenorden123
11Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the Thule Society135
12The Holy Runes and the Edda Society153
13Herbert Reichstein and Ariosophy164
14Karl Maria Wiligut: The Private Magus of Heinrich Himmler177
15Ariosophy and Adolf Hitler192
Appendix A: Genealogy of Lanz von Liebenfels205
Appendix B: Genealogy of the Sebottendorff Family207
Appendix C: The History of Ariosophy209
Appendix D: New Templar Verse215
Appendix E: The Modern Mythology of Nazi Occultism217
Notes and References227
Bibliography265
Index289

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