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  • Roger Anderton
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 30, 2003
      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 secret channels.'

      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- Channel assault.

      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 zodiac predictions.

      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 stars.

      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 Lindbergh.

      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 Hitler'.

      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 Tory MP.

      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.

      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 same afternoon.

      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 travellling??]]]]





      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 successor.

      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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    • Louise Hardie
      Joan - some useless info! L ... From: Roger Anderton [mailto:R.J.Anderton@btinternet.com] Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 12:03 PM To: ufonet@yahoogroups.com
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 1, 2003
        Joan - some useless info!
        L

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Roger Anderton [mailto:R.J.Anderton@...]
        Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 12:03 PM
        To: ufonet@yahoogroups.com
        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
        secret channels.'

        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-
        Channel assault.

        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
        zodiac predictions.

        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
        stars.

        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
        Lindbergh.

        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
        Hitler'.

        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
        Tory MP.

        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.

        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
        same afternoon.

        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
        travellling??]]]]





        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
        successor.

        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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