The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology

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NYU Press, Sep 1, 1993 - History - 203 pages
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Nearly half a century after the defeat of the Third Reich, Nazism remains a subject of extensive historical inquiry, general interest, and, alarmingly, a source of inspiration for resurgent fascism in Europe. Goodrick-Clarke's powerful and timely book traces the intellectual roots of Nazism back to a number of influential occult and millenarian sects in the Habsburg Empire during its waning years. These sects combined notions of popular nationalism with an advocacy of Aryan racism and a proclaimed need for German world-rule.

This book provides the first serious account of the way in which Nazism was influenced by powerful millenarian and occult sects that thrived in Germany and Austria almost fifty years before the rise to power of Adolf Hitler.

These millenarian sects (principally the Ariosophists) espoused a mixture of popular nationalism, Aryan racism, and occultism to support their advocacy of German world-rule. Over time their ideas and symbols, filtered through nationalist-racist groups associated with the infant Nazi party, came to exert a strong influence on Himmler's SS.

The fantasies thus fueled were played out with terrifying consequences in the realities structured into the Third Reich: Auschwitz, Sobibor, and Treblinka, the hellish museums of Nazi apocalypse, had psychic roots reaching back to millenial visions of occult sects. Beyond what the TImes Literary Supplement calls an intriguing study of apocalyptic fantasies, this bizarre and fascinating story contains lessons we cannot afford to ignore.

  

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Review: Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology

User Review  - Frank Bosman - Goodreads

Very interesting overview of the occult roots of Nazism up to 1945. Goodrick-Clarke thinks of Nazi occultism as a very specific branch of Western Esoterism, mixing social darwinism, Nordic paganism ... Read full review

Review: Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology

User Review  - Zack - Goodreads

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke has written an excellent survey of the early Volkish, pan-German, proto-Nazis that preceded Hitler and company before their rise to prominence in the 1920s. The only trouble ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE BACKGROUND
7
The Modern German Occult Revival 18801910
17
THE ARIOSOPHISTS OF VIENNA
33
Wotanism and Germanic Theosophy
49
The Armanenschaft
56
The Secret Heritage
66
The German Millennium
78
Rudolf von Sebottendorffand the Thule Society
135
The Holy Runes and the Edda Society
153
Herbert Reichstein and Ariosophy
164
The Private Magus
177
Ariosophy and Adolf Hitler
192
Genealogy of Lanz von Liebenfels
205
New Templar Verse
215
Notes and References
227

Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels and Theozoology
90
The Order of the New Templars
106
ARIOSOPHY IN GERMANY
123

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Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke is the author of several books on ideology and the Western esoteric tradition, including Hitlerís Priestess and The Occult Roots of Nazism, which has remained in print since its publication in 1985 and has been translated into eight languages. He writes regularly for European and US Journals and has contributed to several films on the Third Reich and World War II.

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