The definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany and how it was used by the Third Reich in the service of power.
The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler’s personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous as it was, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology, the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society.
Drawing on fresh sources, Eric Kurlander provides new insights into this intriguing aspect of the Nazi regime and reveals how the Third Reich’s relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire.
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