A little blatant self-promotion, and then I’ll go away.
This Monday, the History Channel series Decoding the Past will air the episode “Nazi Prophecies”. A look at the occult influences that swirled around the Third Reich like banshees on speed, this will be the first time many viewers will have the chance to see Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke in action, among others. Goodrick-Clarke is the author of The Occult Roots of Nazism, a scholarly and academic work describing the weird philosophers behind the growth of German irrationalism at the end of the first World War. I myself will appear, in my persona as author of Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult. This will mark the second time in the last five years that I have appeared talking about Nazi occultism (the last was the TNT special, Faces of Evil that aired in 2000).
The entire subject is one that has been bedeviled by speculation and conspiracy theories. A number of earlier books on the subject, such as Trevor Ravenscroft’s Spear of Destiny and Pauwels and Bergier’s Morning of the Magicians, were based on rumors and “propinquity” rather than on primary sources; if the sources were there, they were not identified and researchers had a terrible time tracking down the references to see if any of these theories could be proved: Was Hitler an occultist? Did the Nazis practice occult rituals? Was the SS a Satanic organization… etc etc.
As it turns out, much of the speculation actually had a basis in reality. The SS did send scientists and medical men to Tibet in 1938 … the same men who would come back and authorize horrific experiments in the death camps. Himmler did send an SS officer to search for the Holy Grail. And Hitler did read a lot of occult literature while penniless and starving in Vienna.
“Nazi Prophecies” will go some way towards explaining the intellectual atmosphere and social context in which all this occult obfuscation took place. It goes even further, though, with commentators such as Nancy Snow and Marla Stone who speak about the ability of Hitler to control the masses through violence and intimidation, and how societies are often guided onto a path they would not consciously choose if they thought they actually had a choice.
And for those of you who need a continuing fix of Nazis and the occult, I will be talking live on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory the night of October 13, from 11 pm to 2 am Pacific (that’s 2 am to 5 am Eastern…ouch!) on Unholy Alliance and Sinister Forces.