Joan - some useless info!
From: Roger Anderton [mailto:R.J.Anderton@...
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 12:03 PM
Subject: [UFOnet] Hitler and the Occult
Hitler and the Occult
This is taken from the Daily Mail Nov. 29, 2003 most of the article by James
Hayward is boring. (And of course he is promoting his book Myths and Legends
of the Second World War.) -----
One of the most potent sources of Hitler myths was his supposed interest in
astrology and the occult.
The subject was taken seriously by the British military, as is clear from
the minutes of a meeting of the so-called Services Consultative Committee on
March 6, 1940.
The meeting recorded: 'A large number of Germans are superstitious and it is
believed that a good deal of interest is taken in astrology. There was a
rumour that Hitler himself believes astrology, and had employed the services
of an astrologer.
'We suggest obtaining from a well- known astrologer a horoscope of Hitler,
predicting disaster for him and his country and putting it into Germany by
The idea was overtaken by the fall of France and the subsequent threat of
invasion. But in the autumn of 1940, the Joint Committee was prepared to
take account of astrology in attempting to predict the date of a cross-
For the period beginning October 19, its minutes record: 'The moon and tides
were suitable, the incidence of fog likely, and Hitler's horoscope, a sign
to which he was reported to pay considerable attention, was favourable.'
Anti- German astrological propaganda first emerged in the wake of the Hess
affair, when it was hinted that the deputy Fuhrer had been misled by bogus
British deception agencies began to circulate false horoscopes, as well as
bogus quatrains supposedly by the 16th century French seer Nostradamus, all
predicting doom for Hitler and his plans.
Although much of this activity took the form of unavowedly 'black'
propaganda, and was therefore unknown to the public at large, a tour of
America undertaken by the Hungarian astrologer known as Louis de Wohl did
much to promote the myth that Hitler was reliant on the science of the
De Wohl, who came to Britain as a refugee in 1935, claimed he had once been
Hitler's personal astrologer. He alleged that Hitler had been convinced of
astrology's value by Hess while the pair were in prison after the abortive
Nazi putsch of 1923.
None of this seems very likely, but after war broke out de Wohl offered his
services to British intelligence. Initially rebuffed, he was eventually
allowed to set up his own 'Psychological Research Bureau' in an unfurnished
suite at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
It seems that few took seriously his claims to be able to 'predict the
predictions' of Hitler's own tame astrologers, but in May 1941 it was
decided to send him on a tour of the US, in part because a number of
American astrological journals had begun to carry articles and letters
predicting German victory.
After a faltering start, he made a significant impact - predicting that
Germany planned to use Brazil as a stepping stone for hostilities against
the US, and attacking pro- German figures such as the aviator Charles
Throughout the tour, he was accompanied by a senior figure from the Special
Operations Executive and paid in cash by an MI6 minion who would sneak into
his Manhattan hotel via the fire escape.
Arrangements were also made for de Wohl's predictions to be circulated
around various English language newspapers in Africa and the Middle East. A
typical item appeared in a Cairo paper, warning that 'four months hence a
red planet will appear on the eastern horizon and will indicate that a
dangerous evil-doer, who has drenched the world in blood, will pass away.
This means that an uncrowned emperor will be killed, and that man is
De Wohl soon outlived his usefulness, but the astrology story lived on. In
the years since the war, various authors have claimed that Hitler and the
Nazis were devotees of even darker arts - notably Satanism.
It has been alleged that evidence of these occult practices were excluded at
the Nuremberg war crimes trials for fear that it would lead to acquittals on
the grounds of 'diminished responsibility' or insanity.
This claim was made by the comedian Michael Bentine, a former RAF
Intelligence officer and keen student of the paranormal, supposedly on the
word of Airey Neave, a member of Nuremberg's military tribunal and later a
Neave, however, made no mention of the issue in his own Nuremberg memoir
published in 1978. And why such an important disclosure should have been
entrusted to Bentine, best known as one of the Goons, is obscure.
Today, readers can choose from a whole raft of books which purport to
establish intimate links between the Third Reich and the occult.
Many focus on the powerful Thule Society - a mystical order that was
supposedly the true inspiration for Nazism - or Hitler's alleged devotion to
the cult of Wotan, the ancient pagan god of storms.
Others concern Nazi quests for ancient relics such as the Holy Grail. One of
the best known and most influential of these books is The Spear of Destiny
by Trevor Ravenscroft, a writer and former commando whose interest in the
supernatural led to contact with an Austrian historian named Walter Johannes
Stein was an expert on the Holy Grail, as well as the so-called Spear of
Destiny, with which a Roman centurion named Longinus was said to have
pierced Christ's side as he hung on the cross at Golgotha.
According to Stein, the spear was thus invested with great supernatural
power, which enabled its owner to control the destiny of the world. A shared
interest in the spear led Stein to a passing acquaintance with Hitler in
Vienna between 1900 and 1913. According to Ravenscroft this allowed Stein to
witness 'how Hitler attained higher levels of consciousness by means of
drugs, and made a penetrating study of medieval occultism and ritual magic'.
As a result. Stein 'knew more about the personal life of Adolf Hitler than
any man alive.'
A staunch opponent of Nazism, stein fled to Britain in 1933, and during the
war supposedly acted as 'a confidential advisor to Churchill regarding the
minds and motivation of Hitler and the leading members of the Nazi Party.'
However, in the words of Ravenscroft, Churchill 'was insistent that the
occultism of the Nazi Party should not under any circumstances be revealed
to the general public.' Thus, when Stein died in 1957, he seemed to have
taken his secrets to the grave.
Several years later, Ravenscroft obligingly decided to publish them. His
book made highly entertaining reading, and claimed that Hitler seized the
magical Spear of Destiny as a 'talisman of power' following his take-over of
Austria in 1938.
Until that moment it had sat in the Hofburg Museum in Vienna, having passed
through the hands of Hereward the Wake, King Athelstan, Charlemagne and the
royal dynasty of the Hapsburgs. Hitler took it to Nuremberg, the spiritual
capital of fascist Germany, where it remained in his possession throughout
his Blitzkrieg victories in Poland and the West.
It was finally recovered by US forces led by General George Patton at 2.10
pm on April 30, 1945. With his talisman gone, Hitler committed suicide that
For good measure, Ravenscroft's book also claimed that Hitler mastered the
mysteries of the lost city of Atlantis and the Secret Doctrine - a mystic
synthesis of science, religion and philosophy propounded by the founder of
theosophy, Madame Blavatsky.
Select members of the SS 'took oaths of irreversible allegiance to satanic
powers', while Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, was identified as a
'planetary doppleganger' and an 'anti-human in a human body'.
Without exception, these claims are nonsense. Walter Johannes Stein
certainly existed, but is not mentioned in any substantial biography of
Hitler or Churchill, nor in Churchill's own war memoirs.
His death made it impossible for him to refute any of the fantastic claims
made by Ravenscroft on his behalf - which included his alleged ability to
capture lost moments in history through 'mind expansion'.
[[[That alleged ability is 'time travel', probably via Remote Viewing. So,
is Ravenscroft's book based on information from supposed time
Crucially, the spear from the Hofburg Museum in Vienna is a medieval relic,
and thus nowhere near as ancient as Ravenscroft would have people believe.
[[[[There was a TV programme on about the Spear of Destiny -- parts of the
spear are supposedly of ancient origin, may be as far back as the time of
Jesus. The Daily Mail article fails to mention this. ]]]]
In short, the whole story is nothing more than clap - trap -- yet somehow it
succeeded in being taken seriously by thousands of his readers, and is now
endlessly recycled on the internet.
Like many of the myths surrounding Hitler, some aspects of Ravenscroft's
stories are not just absurd but simply odious.
For example, he claims that the Nazis performed a bizarre 'homeopathic'
ritual in which the ashes of the spleens and other organs of young Jews were
cast into the wind, with the aim of driving the remnants of the Jewish
population out of Germany for ever.
Not a shred of historical evidence exists to support this claim.
Equally without foundation are more recent allegations that although the
Spear of Destiny was supposedly returned to the Hofburg Museum, it is just a
replica, with the real crucifixion lance having been whisked by U-boat to a
base in Antarctica, where it awaits discovery by Hitler's spiritual
The enduring power of such tall tales is testament to the world's
fascination with the Nazis, and to the suggestive power of some of the black
propaganda circulated by Allies in wartime.
[[[[There are other stories that Hitler escaped and is coming back with a
fleet of alien spaceships. One sees a strange chain of reasoning -- Hitler +
co seemed to believe in astrology; the allies then engaged in disinformation
using astrology; if one believes in astrology then one is susceptible to
other occult beliefs----- eventually this line of thinking ends up with
ideas that Hitler is in contact with aliens. Suppose for the moment that
this Spear was real, it did not work for Hitler, as he lost the war; from
believers in the spear's powers ---what is supposed to be the answer as to
why it failed??]]]]
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