The Nazi party, known for its atrocities during the Holocaust, is often thought of as a purely political and military movement. However, a closer examination of the party’s origins and beliefs reveals the significant influence of occult and esoteric movements. In his book “The Occult Roots of Nazism”, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke delves into the ways in which these movements shaped the development of Nazi ideology.
Guido von List: The Occultist Behind Aryan Supremacy
One of the key figures highlighted in Goodrick-Clarke’s book is Guido von List, an Austrian occultist who had a significant influence on the early Nazi party. List’s ideas about Aryan supremacy and the need for a spiritual revival of the German people were embraced by many in the party, and he is considered to have been a major driving force behind their ideological development. List believed in the existence of a superior Aryan race that was in touch with ancient spiritual wisdom, and that the German people were the descendants of this race. He believed that the German people had lost touch with their spiritual heritage and that it was necessary to reconnect with it in order to restore their strength and power.
Aleister Crowley: The English Occultist Admired by the Nazis
Another important figure discussed in the book is Aleister Crowley, an English occultist who was admired by many in the Nazi party for his ideas about the power of the will and the potential power of the human mind. Crowley’s influence can be seen in the way the Nazis used propaganda and manipulation to control the minds of the German people. Crowley believed in the power of the individual will to shape reality and that through the discipline of the will, an individual could achieve great things. He believed that the will was the most powerful tool of human existence and that it could be used to achieve greatness.
The Thule Society: The Occult Group with Strong Ties to the Nazi Party
The author also explores the role of the Thule Society, an occult group with strong ties to the Nazi party. The Thule Society, which was founded in 1918, believed in the purity of the Aryan race and the need for a spiritual revival of the German people. They believed that the German people were the descendants of an ancient and superior race and that it was necessary to reconnect with this heritage in order to restore their strength and power. The society’s ideas about the purity of the Aryan race were used to justify the Holocaust, and many of its members were involved in the early days of the Nazi party.
A Valuable Resource for Understanding the Historical Context of the Nazi Party
Goodrick-Clarke’s book is a valuable resource for those interested in understanding the historical context of the Nazi party and the role that occult and esoteric movements played in its development. The author’s extensive research and attention to detail make this book an important contribution to the field of Nazi studies. The book provides a new perspective on the origins of the Nazi party and the beliefs that shaped its ideology.
“The Occult Roots of Nazism” by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke is a detailed examination of the ways in which occult and esoteric movements influenced the development of Nazi ideology. The book delves into the various groups and individuals who were involved in the early days of the Nazi party, and how their ideas and beliefs shaped the party’s ultimate goals. It explores the role of key figures such as Guido von List, Aleister Crowley, and the Thule Society in shaping the party’s ideology, and it also highlights how their ideas were used to justify the Holocaust.
This book provides a new perspective on the origins of the Nazi party and the beliefs that shaped its ideology, and it is a must-read for those interested in the history of the Third Reich. It also serves as a reminder that ideology can be shaped by various elements and movements, not just political or economic factors. The occult roots of Nazism demonstrate the complexity of human belief and behavior and it is important to understand the role it played in shaping the ideologies that led to one of the worst atrocities in human history.
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