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Gods and Beasts: The Nazis and the Occult Hardcover – October 19, 1978
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The book includes the following chapters -
Hidden Roots - considers the commonly understood notion that Germany was culturally and spiritually bankrupt giving rise to Hitler and his Nazis but maintains in fact that Hitler and his Nazis arose out of an occult milieu in pre-war Germany. Explains the mystical rites of the Hitler Youth and notes Hitler's early readings of Lanz's _Ostara_ that influenced him. Explains the role of such occultists as Gurdjieff, H. P. Blavatsky, and Rudolph Steiner. Notes the influence of the occult on groups such as the Germanen Orden and considers the role of various volkish and pan-German groups.
Giants in the Earth - explains the role of the Aryan hero in the writings of List and Lanz noting how these notions arose out of Hindu ideas of racial purity. Explains the role of Islam and its influence on early Europeans in prejudicing them against Hindu ideas, but notes the importance of Hindu ideas for German Romantics such as Herder and Schlegel as well as the influence of the Upanishads on Schopenhauer. Considers the importance of the Aryan race for figures such as Arthur de Gobineau and Houston Stewart Chamberlain and their influence on the thinking of Hitler. Explains the influence of the Theosophy of H. P. Blavatsky and the influence of Darwin's theories as well as noting the role of volkish writers and their praise for the Middle Ages and the Teutonic Knights.
Gods and Beasts - explains the role of Lanz's Order of the New Templars and his occult writings in _Ostara_ calling for an Aryan superman which was read by Adolf Hitler. Notes the importance of various cultists including Theodore Fritsch and the influence of the Germanen Orden explaining their relationship to anti-Semitism and Hitler. Considers the theories of Trevor Ravenscroft concerning the spear of Longinus and the role of race science concerning the Aryan and Indo-European origins.
The Thule Society - explains the origins of the Thule Society and the influence of the occultist Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorf noting the influence of the Theosophical writings of H. P. Blavatsky concerning her ideas of various root races and the influence of Turkish Freemasonry on Sebottendorf. Explains the role of various other secret societies including the Assassins and the Thugs of India as well as the Gnostics and the influence of Satanism.
Riffraff into Supermen - explains how the idea of a Jewish conspiracy arose and its influence on the Thule Society and Sebottendorf. Notes the role of Gottfried Feder and his objections to "Jewish high finance" and "interest slavery". Considers the influence of the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner and the German section of the Theosophical Society of Blavatsky. Explains the opposition to communism and how the various "riffraff"and occultists of the anti-Semitic groups became supermen under Adolf Hitler.
The Savage Messiah - explains the Furherprinzip as it was expounded by Sebottendorf and considers the life of Adolf Hitler including the influence of occultists such as List and Lanz on his thinking. Notes the role of various Pan-German anti-Semitic groups and their influence on Hitler as well as the influence of Wagner and the descriptions of Kubizek and Eckhart. Explains how Hitler came to consider himself a messiah according to Hermann Rauschning and adopted the Christ image and provided interest in the Grail legend as it applied to notions of Aryan supremacy. Explains Hitler's opposition to the Jews who were painted as the embodiment of evil and the influence of Satanism.
Tibetan Wisdom Meets German Folly - explains the role of Rudolf Hess and the influence of occultism. Notes the role of Karl Haushofer and the influence of Oriental and Tibetan wisdom on his thinking. Explains the influence of Gurdjieff as well as the Golden Dawn who maintained an interest in the writings of Haushofer. Considers the role of Hess and the theories of Alfred Rosenberg.
Atlantis, The Home of the Master Race - notes the role of the legendary Atlantis as home of the master race and its influence on the thinking of Hoerbiger, a Nazi occultist who was to maintain an esoteric cosmology including the influence of a Great Flood, a world-ice cosmology, and a hollow earth. Notes the German opposition to the theories of Einstein and Freud as well as the prominence given to the cosmological theories of Hoerbiger. Explains the role of the Ahnenerbe ("Ancestral Research") as well as considering the German rocket program and the architecture of Albert Speer.
The Obedient Man - explains the life of Heinrich Himmler and the role of the Black Guard and the SS as well as the influence of occultism on his thinking. Notes the role of various influences on Himmler including Catholicism, Eastern philosophies of the Rig Veda and Bhagavad-Gita, and spiritualism. Explains the role of Chamberlain's racial theories as well as the influence of the Teutonic Knights and the Jesuit order, also explaining how the Japanese came to be considered Aryans. Notes the obedience of Himmler and the influence of the order of the SS.
The Black Knights - explains the influence of the SS and their mystical worship of race and blood under Himmler. The SS were influenced by Aryan beliefs of such writers as List, Lanz, Fritsch, and Chamberlain as well as a perversion of Catholicism and modeled after Lanz's New Templars. The SS betrayed an anti-Christian and neo-pagan philosophy and Himmler used the castle at Wevelsburg for his secret meetings. The author also discusses the influence of the Ahnenerbe and racial science.
The Children's Crusade - explores the influence of the Hitler Youth and the uncanny power the Nazis had over the young. In particular, Hitler was to have an enormous appeal to the young drilling them in Nazi dogma. This chapter also considers the role of the Lebensborn and the goal of attaining a master race through selective breeding and maternity homes.
Prophets of the Third Reich - considers the role of astrology and occultism on the Third Reich in particular considering the role of Franz Mesmer and his influence on German magnetists, the role of Madame Blavatsky, and the influence of Nostradamus on Himmler. Explains the influence of the clairvoyant and stage magician Hanussen on Hitler in the formation of his oratorical skills.
Jung and the Aryan Unconscious - considers the influence of psychoanalyst Carl Jung and his theories maintaining the influence of the archetype of Wotan on the Germans. Considers the opposition between Jung and the Jewish Freud as well as his racial theories and the role of spiritualism as an influence on Jung.
Jehovah as Satan - considers the influence of the Jews and the Nazi propaganda against them. In particular, the author traces opposition to the Jews to the Gnostics and their regard for the Old Testament God Jehovah as evil. In particular, Gnostic influences were to play a large role on the Nazis with Jews coming to take on the embodiment of evil and their influence being Satanic. The author also considers the theories of Wagner regarding the Jews as well as the claim made by Hitler that the Germans were the Chosen People and not the Jews.
Making an Obedient Mass - considers the influence of Hitler in propagandizing and brainwashing the Germans. Notes the role of brainwashing and the nature of the "true believer" as a proponent of totalitarian ideology. Explains Hitler's uncanny ability to hypnotize large masses of the German people and the influence of Nazi propaganda under Josef Goebbels.
The Dangers of Occult Thinking - maintains that occult thinking can be dangerous as is seen with its influence on the Nazis. Considers examples of recent cult groups such as the followers of Charles Manson, the Satanism of Anton LaVey which was directly influence by esoteric Nazism, the Scientology of L. Ron Hubbard, and the followers of Rev. Moon. The author maintains that the hypnotic spell Rev. Moon was to place on so many of America's youth was similar to Hitler's power over the German youth.
This book provides an interesting study of the influence of the occult on the Nazis and the role of occult thinking in general. Occult ideas were present in Germanic racial mysticism and anti-Semitism and Hitler acted as a cult figure upon the German people. This book demonstrates this influence and shows how occult ideas led to the formation of the Nazis.
While it is well-known that Hitler consulted with astrologers, most readers will be astounded at some of the really strange cults that flourished -- and heavily influenced -- the Third Reich. For example, there was Hans Hoerbiger, a pseudo-scientist who believed that the universe was founded on an eternal battle between fire and ice. His influence was the reason that Hilter sent his troops into Russia so ill-equipped for the cold, expecting that his soldiers of fire would cause the winter snow to melt away before their marching feet. (It they didn't, and thousands of Germans froze to death. See p. 80)
Then there were the Hollow Earthers, who thought that Nordic giants lived in the center of our planet. Occult lodges like the Thule society (of which Hitler was an initiate) also flourished, espousing weird forms of social Darwinism and racial theories that seem laughable today, but which led to the extermination of millions of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and others. Even Karl Jung eventually got into the act, writing a series of antisemitic pronouncements about "Jewish psychology" that, among other things, branded Freud's psychoanalytic theories as a "satanic" doctrine capable of "murdering souls"(see p. 138). Jung's antisemitism is swept under the rug today, but remain a blot on the history of Jungian thought. In short, the Third Reich was based, not on the rational science for which Germany is famous, but on a hodge-podge of neo-pagan superstitions.
This is not to say that all occult teachings lead to Nazism, or that all "New Age" movements are antisemitic. There are genuine forms of spirituality that nourish the mind and soul in positive ways, affirming the oneness of humankind. At the same time, as this book amply demonstrates, the true seeker must be careful not to be seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. This book should be read -- as a warning -- by every serious student of esoteric philosophy.