Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts: Himmler's Black Knights and the Occult Origins of the SS

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Zenith Press, Oct 14, 2010 - History - 320 pages

At the heart of the evil of Nazism was Hitler’s “witch doctor,” Heinrich Himmler, and his peculiar and deadly organization with the mundane name Schutzstaffel, literally “protective squadron.” Undoubtedly you know them better as the feared SS, the very essence of Nazism. Their threatening double lightning bolt is perhaps the most dreaded symbol of the Third Reich.

The facts of the SS’s origins are truly stranger than fiction. If you thought Raiders of the Lost Ark was an inspired Hollywood fiction, think again. Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts reveals the hidden “truths” of the SS in full and morbidly fascinating detail.

 

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There have been many books written about Himmler’s SS, the organization that began as Hitler’s Schutzstaffel (“protection squad”) and ended up the multi-layered behemoth most responsible for war ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Darkest Beginnings
4
The Court of the Godfather
15
Almost HocusPocus
36
A Call to Duty
52
The Old Crooked Cross
63
Ballot Boxes and Long Knives
73
Black Knights of the Master Race
86
Drang Nach Osten
168
Bloody Hell
178
The Most Feared Address in Europe
190
Burdens Borne of Black Knighthood
209
The Witches of the Schutzstaffel
227
Aryans Beyond Nationality
235
Evil Science
242
Weird Science
248

Father Confessor to the New Order
98
The Dark Temples of the Schutzstaffel
107
Das Ahnenerbe
125
Archaeologists in Black
134
A World of Ice
148
Black Knights in an Army of Field Gray Pawns
154
The Reich and Its Stormy Night
257
Götterdämmerung
269
The Sands of Time
284
Bibliography and Recommended Reading
298
Index
306
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Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen nonfiction books on historical topics. His books on aviation and military history have included Area 51 Black Jets—which T. D. Barmes, formerly with NASA High Range and Area 51 Special Projects, described as "not a book that the reader will lay down and not finish. It holds one's interest from front to back." Yenne has also contributed to encyclopedias of World War I and World War II and has been featured in several documentaries that have aired on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and ARD German Television. The Wall Street Journal notes that Yenne writes "with a cinematic vividness." Yenne has also authored ten novels and has penned several books on beer and brewing history.

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