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

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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.

Noted occult expert and author Peter Levenda has translated numerous Nazi documents relating to the exploitation of the occult for political and military purposes. He has compiled a chilling and comprehensive history of a would-be "Master Race's" slavish devotion to Satanism, human sacrifice and Black Magic. Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826414090
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/24/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 413,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Levenda is the author of The Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries and the Founding of America (Continuum, 2009) and Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult (Continuum, 2002), which has appeared in 6 foreign-language editions.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition 1
Preface to the Second Edition 5
Introduction: At the Mountains of Madness 13
Pt. 1 The By-Paths to Chaos
1 Of Blood, Sex, and the Rune Magicians 29
2 Volk Magic 55
3 The Occult Messiah 80
4 The Order of the Temple of the East: Sex, Spies, and Secret Societies 108
5 Cult War 1934-1939 141
Pt. 2 The Black Order
6 The Dangerous Element: The Ahnenerbe and the Cult of the SS 167
7 Lucifer's Quest for the Holy Grail 203
8 The Psychics Search: For Mussolini, the Bismarck, Assassins, and the Human Mind 225
9 Cult Counterstrike 240
Pt. 3 Witches' Sabbath in America
10 Walpurgisnacht, 1945 261
11 Aftermath 280
12 Is Chile Burning? The Overthrow of Allende, the Murder of Letelier, and the Role of Colonia Dignidad 309
13 Nazi Occultism Today 327
Epilogue: Hasta La Vista, Baby 354
Notes 367
Bibliography 389
Acknowledgments 399
Index 403
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    My review

    This book was a very good read. However I must say that a lot of names and groups are thrown around in the book, which makes it slightly confusing. Some of the points made in the book are very clear and strong while others border a tad insane. None the less, the book is informative in the overtly pagan ideology of the top nazi leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    Nazi occultism: some (but not too much) new information.

    Lavenda's effort is one of the most recent contributions to a growing body of literature purporting to expose the "truth" behind Nazi beliefs and practices relating to "black magic" and satanism. The initial impulse for this particular field of study seems to derive from Pauwels and Bergier's 1960's book "Morning of the Magicians", and gained further momentum, in the 1970's, with Trevor Ravenscroft's "Spear of Destiny". This particular sub-genre, which might be characterized as "speculative history", or "historical mysticism", has as its central premise that Hitler and his cohorts accomplished their meteoric rise to power, along with near realization of their dreams of world conquest, by supernatural, i.e., demonic, means. The author begins "Unholy Alliance" with a narrative of his personal (nearly fatal) experience attempting to visit a purported Nazi colony in the remote mountains of southern Chile, during the darkest days of the Pinochet regime. In subsequent chapters, he covers the usual ground familiar to those who take an interest in Nazi occultism: Guido Von List, Lanz Von Lebenfelds and the Order of New Templars, Rudolf Von Sebottendorf and the Thule Society, Dietrich Ekhart and his supposed magical influence on Hitler, Hoebinger's "world ice" theory, various "hollow earth" theories, etc. The only material that lends uniqueness to Lavenda's book is his rather extensive exploration (much of it speculative) of continuing Nazi influence in the world today. He cites unapologetically pro-Nazi writings of Chilean essayist, poet, and diplomat Miguel Serrano, most of which are unavailable in the United States, even in the original Spanish, as evidence of extensive, and perhaps expanding Nazi influence in Latin America, even hinting at Nazi control of international drug and money laundering cartels. Lavenda's writes in a straightforward, readable style; in fact, "Unholy Alliance" reads, at times, like an adventure novel. Also, he did a considerable amount of research in the field, seeking out primary sources of information, often under very dangerous conditions. For this effort alone, and the originality it suggests, I give "Unholy Alliance" a four-star rating.

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