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"If anyone still questions the power which myth exercises over the human mind, he should read The Occult Rules of Nazism."
"An extensive survey of . . . theosophy, astrology, and 'ariosophy' (Aryan-racist-occult theories) . . . An intriguing study of apocalyptic fantasies."
-Times Literary Supplement,
|Pt. 1||The Background|
|1||The Pan-German Vision||7|
|2||The Modern German Occult Revival 1880-1910||17|
|Pt. 2||The Ariosophists of Vienna|
|3||Guido von List||33|
|4||Wotanism and Germanic Theosophy||49|
|6||The Secret Heritage||66|
|7||The German Millennium||78|
|8||Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels and Theozoology||90|
|9||The Order of the New Templars||106|
|Pt. 3||Ariosophy in Germany|
|11||Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the Thule Society||135|
|12||The Holy Runes and the Edda Society||153|
|13||Herbert Reichstein and Ariosophy||164|
|14||Karl Maria Wiligut: The Private Magus of Heinrich Himmler||177|
|15||Ariosophy and Adolf Hitler||192|
|Appendix A: Genealogy of Lanz von Liebenfels||205|
|Appendix B: Genealogy of the Sebottendorff Family||207|
|Appendix C: The History of Ariosophy||209|
|Appendix D: New Templar Verse||215|
|Appendix E: The Modern Mythology of Nazi Occultism||217|
|Notes and References||227|
Posted April 25, 2000
While a young failed artist wasted away his umemployed days in a hostel, he just had to go out and get a pack of smokes, and at the tobacco stand happened to see a magazine that caught his eye. He bacame an avid reader, passing away hours of boredom, learning of odd racial theories and neo-pagan spirituality. Because that man's name was Adolf Hitler, history would never be the same. Too lazy to read Neitsche or Trietske, the future Fueher developed his Aryan race theories from easy to read trash journalism. Goodricke-Clark is a scholar of the first rate. His research is unimpeachable. However, I did not give him five stars because of a lack of readability that might cause problems for many trying to understand the book. The author could have reorganized his book to better make his points. Definitely, have a hi-liter handy at all times reading this one. But the information on the all little clubs and anti-secret police fronts that preceded the NSDAP's Nazis is worth it. For instance, the author traces the return-to-paganism Aryan race philosophy back to its original spark, a drinking party on the Danube in 1875, igniting the writings of Guido von List, the mentor of Lanz von Liebenfels, who founded the Ostara and the occult societies. Good work, Goodricke. Goodricke does not comment on the beliefs of occultists, and remains objective. The Christian and the agnostic are both left to ponder the effects of their dabblings. The work is not comprehensive, and leaves out the SS-astrologers and spiritualists, both famous and obscure, while focusing on the roots stretching back several generations. Many occultists were soldiers, police, and war veterans, seeking to sort out their own religion, others included bored adventurers and a defrocked monk, Liebenfels, the publisher. A good beginning for those who believe in an evil origin for the Nazi Party.
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