Dusty. Sklar - The Nazis and the Occult

Dusty. Sklar - The Nazis and the Occult

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Hitler and the Holocaust. One life, six million deaths. What allowed a great nation to affirm Hitler in unquestioning obedience? Ms. Sklar finds the answer in the dark side of the intellect: a belief in the occult. Ms. Sklar is not the first to discover a link between the proliferation of occult groups and the rise of Nazism in Germany, but she is first to treat the subject seriously, and in depth. She details the history of the occult movement, which held tremendous sway in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany, and exposes its underlying fascist tendencies. Overlapping memberships in mystical societies strengthened political alliances. The rituals, symbols, and attitudes— including virulent anti-Semitism—foreshadowed in astonishing and horrifying detail the language, thoughts, and deeds of der Fuhrer. The Nazis had their roots in an occult sect which believed that the racial struggle between the »pure« Aryan and the »subhuman« Jew was really an ancient supernatural contest between gods and beasts.