Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult / Edition 1

Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult / Edition 1

by Peter Levenda, Peter Lavenda
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826414095

ISBN-13: 9780826414090

Pub. Date: 05/24/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Engagingly written, Unholy Alliance is a comprehensive, popular history of the occult background and roots of the Nazi movement, showing how the ideas of a vast international network of late 19th- and early 20th-century occult groups influenced Nazi ideology. Levenda takes readers through the teachings of Madame Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Thule Gesellschaft -

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Engagingly written, Unholy Alliance is a comprehensive, popular history of the occult background and roots of the Nazi movement, showing how the ideas of a vast international network of late 19th- and early 20th-century occult groups influenced Nazi ideology. Levenda takes readers through the teachings of Madame Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Thule Gesellschaft - the occult secret society that formed the ideological heart of the early Nazi Party - the Order of the Golden Dawn, and the Order of the Eastern Temple and demonstrates how each influenced Nazi ideology. He also details the expedition to Tibet of the Ancestral Heritage Research and Teaching Society, comprised of the same SS officers who would later be involved in grisly medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners. Levenda traces the Nazis' movements as they continued their activities after the war or morphed into neo-Nazi, skinhead, and satanic groups, such as the Christian Identity and White Aryan Resistance movements. Levenda's is not only a "major work of investigative reporting," but also the striking story of the unholy alliance between politics and religion - or politics and occultism - that has dominated events in Europe and the Americas since World War I, with all its implications for continuing racial and religious violence in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826414090
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/24/2002
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition1
Preface to the Second Edition5
Introduction: At the Mountains of Madness13
Pt. 1The By-Paths to Chaos
1Of Blood, Sex, and the Rune Magicians29
2Volk Magic55
3The Occult Messiah80
4The Order of the Temple of the East: Sex, Spies, and Secret Societies108
5Cult War 1934-1939141
Pt. 2The Black Order
6The Dangerous Element: The Ahnenerbe and the Cult of the SS167
7Lucifer's Quest for the Holy Grail203
8The Psychics Search: For Mussolini, the Bismarck, Assassins, and the Human Mind225
9Cult Counterstrike240
Pt. 3Witches' Sabbath in America
10Walpurgisnacht, 1945261
11Aftermath280
12Is Chile Burning? The Overthrow of Allende, the Murder of Letelier, and the Role of Colonia Dignidad309
13Nazi Occultism Today327
Epilogue: Hasta La Vista, Baby354
Notes367
Bibliography389
Acknowledgments399
Index403

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