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From the Inside Flap It is a pilgrimage that thousands have taken in search of enlightenment, inner peace, or even sheer adventure. When five officers of the Nazi SS made the arduous journey to Tibet s forbidden city of Lhasa in the winter of 1938, however, the objects of their quest were mysterious, sinister, and, ultimately, deeply malevolent. Under orders from Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, these scientists were to find proof of a bizarre historical fantasy, lay the groundwork for a global political and military strategy, and pinpoint the origins and remnants of the Aryan "master race." Himmler s Crusade tells the riveting tale of one of the most perverse, eccentric, and frightening scientific expeditions in history. Based on a wide range of previously unused sources, including journals, new interviews, and original research in German archives as well as in Tibet, this real life drama combines the highest standards of narrative history with the high adventure and exotic locales of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Central to this chilling tale is the complex and problematic character of Ernst Schäfer, the expedition s leader. A serious and extremely competent young zoologist, Schäfer was so consumed by ambition that he was eager to become Himmler s protégé and to do anything his patron commanded in return for opportunity, fame, and influence at the very highest levels of Nazi power. Though they had their own projects to pursue, Schäfer s team spent most of its time in Tibet doing Himmler s bidding, which included sowing the seeds of rebellion, undermining Britain s relationship with the Tibetan ruling class, and confirming Himmler s grotesque theories about the origins of the Aryan race. Part spy thriller, part detective yarn, and all real life adventure, Himmler s Crusade takes you from Himmler s SS stronghold at Wewelsburg Castle, where he inculcated elite SS recruits with the appropriate racial thinking, to the dizzying Himalayan heights, where Schäfer and his team examined Tibetan nobles for signs of Aryan ancestry. It asks penetrating questions about the relationship between science and politics and sheds new light on the occult theories that obsessed Himmler and his fellow Nazis. Supplemented with dozens of fascinating photos taken during the expedition, this engagingly told tale provides deep insight into one of the strangest episodes in the tumultuous months just prior to the outbreak of World War II. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From the Back Cover "As the Indiana Jones films showed, Nazis, new age mumbo jumbo and exotic locations are a formula that works. Christopher Hale s gripping and well researched tale of an SS sponsored scientific mission to Tibet in 1938 39 has the whole shebang: mad occult beliefs, mountains, strange charactors called Bruno or Ernst and stomach churning concentration camp experiments to round things off." The Sunday Times (London) --The Sunday Times (London)
This book looks at a part of the mythology behind the third Reich the belief in the Aryan ideal it's roots and searching for this "truth" were people who believed that the German race was descended from these Aryan super beings not the archetypal National Socialists, but scientist who hitched their stars to the party and Hitler. Himmler believed in the old Norse gods and the occult This book details an expedition financed by National Socialist Germany to find the roots of the Aryan race in Tibet measuring bone structure looking for clues to the birth place of the Aryans A worrying book in that you can see that these expeditions could be spun by politicians to look like adventures, a search for scientific truth and the evidence gathered and interpreted by experts to support policy without question being allowed or anyone who does question being beaten down by the so called evidence an interesting book but not light reading and not entertaining in the sense of amusement --By Timothy Wakefield --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Christopher Hale, a BBC documentary producer, really knows how to present and tell a story, no matter how unbelievable and apparently preposterous it may seem at first. After all, what would the Nazis be doing in Tibet in 1938-39, right? Worng! Turns out they were there, and not on a picnic trip: they were actively looking for their Aryan roots, visting the forbidden city of Lhasa, meeting with the current regime (and making the British rather nervous at that), while the new Dalai Lama was being found and brought to Tibet .
The story of Ernst Schäfer -who after the war denied any wrongdoing to his allied captors- and his four team-mates makes for an enjoyable and very entertaining reading, while Hale's subtle but precise insights and ocassional humorous remarks all you (the reader) to participate on his unique documentary-producer perspective.
Far from offering his own ideological perspective, Hale limits himself to describing -with his keen ability to look beyond the evident and the superficial- closing up the book with a simple yet well structure "moral" (to give it a name) on the inherent dangers of believeing that myths are essentially harmless: as he's so clearly explained -and history frequently demonstrated- a nation's inherent and underlying beliefs can lead it to far away places.Read more ›
and sometimes not-so-scholarly attempt to examine
Nazi esotericism. The Nazi expedition to Tibet is a subject
not often commented on, never by mainstream historians
and infrequently by writers on Nazi mysticism. Unfortunately,
Mr. Hale should have done more research and gotten his facts
correct. He refers to the symbol representing the SS as
a "double thunderbolt." They are not thunderbolts but
double sieg runes, representing the pagan Germanic letter
for victory. Mr. Hale refers to Heinrich Himmler as "by far the best educated of the Nazi leaders.." Himmler had a degree
in agriculture fom Munich Technical College. Paul Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, earned a doctorate in philology
from Heildelberg University. Goebbels had a background in many
bodies of knowledge. Himmler's intellectual background and experiences were quite pedesrtian compared to those of Goebbels.
On page 117, Mr. Hale writes " Himmler had rlvals for political power, but he also resented the cultural status of Alfred Rosenberg..." I hardly think this likely. Rosenberg was considered to be the outsider among the leading Nazis. He was a
subject of private jokes. His name seemed to identify him as Jewish. Himmler would not have been threatened by him.
In the sense that this book explores a previously unknown
chapter in Nazi history it is a welcome addition to the modern
historian. However, Hr. Hale should have done a more thorough
job in his research.
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The Third Reich had three main reasons to be interested in Tibet. Geostrategic: as a gateway to Southeast Asia, gaining a foothold in Tibet would challenge the British domination... Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by kaioatey
Everything was fine, no complainings about, highly recomended, no matters to report, going to buy more soon. Thank you allPublished on May 16, 2013 by cid r.
This book is a must read reference in this field of Nazi occultism. It deals with historical facts and take Nazi Occultism for what it really was: the "hobby" of a small... Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Macno
A great story of how the Nazi's tried to find the origins of the Aryan race. A great price with fast ship, thanks.Published on April 1, 2013 by John M. Wasilnak
Mr Hale's obsessive bashing of the Nazis could be 40 percent of the book making it closer to a neurotic rant than a historical paper. Journalist NO, HACK YES !Published on March 30, 2013 by Eddie
Hitler's use of paganism to replace Christianity in Germany has been well documented. Now Hale documents how SS Reichfuhrer Heinrich Himmler tried to trace the origins of the Aryan... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by likes good books, music, movies
Amid Russian rumors of Tibetans found among the dead Nazis in Berlin and the Indiana Jones-inspired search for the Lost Ark, where did Tibet fit in with Nazi occult beliefs? Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Nick Howes
This author has pretensions to scholarship in his use of other scholars' work, which is summarized according to his own understanding and often footnoted. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by a reader from New York
This book was not revealing too much about what the title gives away. But what it does give away is an unique view into Tibetan life and practices. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by S. Madetoja