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What made me wanted to read this book was due to the claims I have heard over the years by some atheists that the Nazis were Christians so it seems that a book on the Nazis or key leaders of the Nazis embracing an alternative belief system would be important to consider. The book was good in the beginning and the end. Right at the beginning of the book the authors defined the occult, paganism, Satanism and Christianity which is helpful though readers will note that his definition of Christianity is too broad and problematic for an Evangelical (basically, whatever religious system that attributes its belief as coming from Jesus). What I appreciated about this book is that it acknowledge how difficult it is to get an accurate history of Nazi occultism given that there has been a lot of sensationalism promoted by four main groups talking about Nazi occultism today: those for or against Paganism/Satanism/occult and those for or against the Nazis. The authors even devote a chapter on the myths of Nazi occultism and four sources for the embellishment of the extent of Nazi occultism including Allies’ propaganda and former disgruntled Nazis. This is balanced by the next chapter on the reality of Nazi occultism in which the authors argue that it was not as well spread as some might think though it seem to exists mainly among those under Heinrich Himmler and some in his organization, the SS. The book does not go into the full extent of all the Nazis named but interested readers would certainly have some sense of direction of trails of names to research up on. The rest of the book is then devoted to Karl-Maria Wiligut, a man whom Himmler clearly favored and the creator of much of the occultic imagination for Himmler and his Nazis’ fans. The bulk of the book is then devoted to primary sources translated from Himmler’s work—and the lack of much meaningful commentary by the authors means that for the general reading audience it remains enigmatic—and boring. The only exception is the part about the SS’ honor ring which Wiligut designed which shows the extent of Wiligut’s influence as pushed by Himmler. The rest of the primary sources is a collection of weird and unintelligible garble of wild interpretations of drawings filled with a whacky cosmology and fanciful pseudo-history.  The guy even thought he was a secret Gypsy king! I did enjoy one of the appendix towards the end which interviewed a family friend and co-worker under Wiligut—and I thought she too was out there but it was an illustration to me of just how silly some people were in following Wiligut. It makes me realize the Christian truth that when people reject Christianity (Wiligut talked a lot about “Khristianity” which he believed is before “Christianity” and has something to do with Eurocentricism), they often times embrace something even more weird, foolish and bizarre.

Purchase: Amazon

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