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Author Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas.

Title The occult roots of Nazism : secret Aryan cults and their influence on Nazi ideology : the Ariosophists of Austria and Germany, 1890-1935 / Nicolas Goodrick-Clarke ; with a foreword by Rohan Butler.

Imprint New York : New York University Press, c1992.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    320.533 GOO    Available
Description x, 293 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-287) and index.
Contents The Pan-German vision -- The modern German occult revival, 1880-1910 -- Guido von List -- Wotanism and Germanic theosophy -- The Armanenschaft -- The secret heritage -- The German millennium -- Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels and theozoology -- The Order of the New Templars -- The Germanenorden -- Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the Thule Society -- The holy runes and the Edda Society -- Herbert Reichstein and Ariosophy -- Karl Maria Wiligut, the private magus of Heinrich Himmler -- Ariosophy and Adolf Hitler.
Summary 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 millennial visions of occult sects.
Subject List, Guido, 1848-1919.
Lanz-Liebenfels, Jörg, 1874-1954.
National socialism and occultism.
Racism -- Germany -- History.
Racism -- Austria -- History.
Nationalism -- Germany -- History.
Nationalism -- Austria -- History.
ISBN 081473054X
0814730604 (pbk.)
9780814730607 (pbk.)

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