New Religions and the Nazis

New Religions and the Nazis

by Karla Poewe
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New Religions and the Nazis

This book sheds light on an important but neglected part of Nazi history - the contribution of new religions to the emergence of Nazi ideology in 1920s and 1930s Germany.

Post -World War I conditions threw Germans into major turmoil. The loss of the war, the Weimar Republic and the punitive Treaty of Versailles all caused widespread discontent and resentment. As a result Germans generally and intellectuals specifically took political, paramilitary, and religious matters into their own hands to achieve national regeneration. Taken together such cultural figures as Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, Mathilde
Ludendorff, Ernst Bergmann, Hans F.K. Günther, and nationalist writers like Hans Grimm created a mind-set that swept across Germany like a tidal wave. By fusing politics, religion, theology, Indo-Aryan metaphysics, literature and Darwinian science they intended to craft a new, genuinely German faith-based political community. What emerged instead was an anti-Semitic totalitarian political regime known as National Socialism. Looking at modern paganism as well as the established Church, Karla Poewe reveals that the new religions founded in the pre-Nazi and Nazi years, especially Jakob Hauer's German Faith Movement, present a model for how German fascism distilled aspects of religious doctrine into political extremism.

New Religions and the Nazis addresses one of the most important questions of the twentieth century
- how and why did Germans come to embrace National Socialism? Researched from original documents, letters and unpublished papers, including the SS personnel files held in the German Federal Archives, it is an absorbing and fresh approach to the difficulties raised by this deeply significant period of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415290258
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

2. An Overview
3. Hauer and the Bunde: Becoming a National Socialist
4. The Push toward Nazism: Youths and Leaders
5. Hauer's View of Religion
6. The Germanic-deutsch Leg of Hauer's German Faith
7. Organizational Help from Wehrwolf and the SS
8. Hauer and the War of Attrition against Christianity
9. Werner Best: Hauer's Receiver in the SS
10. The Faith of the Nationalists: Narrative and the Third Reich
11. Scientific Neo-Paganism and the Extreme Right Then and Today
12. Conclusion

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that I wish had been available when I was a student. There are things here that I have never seen anywhere else. Reading it one understands National Socialism much better. In particular the fact that the Nazis hated 'Jewish-Christianity' which they saw as a form of 'cultural imperialism' was a real insight to me. I strongly recommend this book to anyone intersted in the history of the twentieth century, cults and new religions, or the way politicians create and manipulate propaganda.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that really helps the reader understand how and why the Nazis acted as they did. It is by far the best book on Nazi ideology that I have read and exposes the real evil of Nazism as well as its seductive power.