The Strange Case of Adolf Hitler

Hitler's Early Life

Some of List (see left) and Liebenfels's (see right) books lay on the dusty shelves of a neat bed-sit in the middle-class suburbs of Vienna, the still dazzling capital of the once great Empire, now weakened and reduced by the ravages of a lost war.

The room was shared by Hitler and a friend from his school-days, August Kubizek (see left). 
Hitler was born in the Austrian Waldviertel region, near the Bohemian border, at Braunau-am-Inn (see right), in 1889.
It was an area steeped in poverty and well known for its inbreeding.
It was also a town which had produced a surprising number of spiritualist mediums, including the famous Schneider brothers (1).
Perhaps something more sinister than simple peasant frolicking was occurring in the woods and hills around the town (see right).

Alois Schicklgruber, Hitler's father, was the illegitimate child of Maria Anna Schicklgruber. In 1842 Maria Anna Schicklgruber married Johan Georg Hiedler; the name was originally Czech. In 1877, Alois Schicklgruber had his step-father's name, Heidler, inserted into his birth certificate, by the local priest.
The name, however, was misspelt as 'Hitler', and from then on Hitler's father was known as Alois Hitler. 
Hitler's father eventually became an Austrian Customs Official (see right).
Deriving from farming stock, he had substantially bettered himself, having risen to the lower middles class.

According to Hitler's later reminiscences, his father was strict and their relationship lacked any normal warmth.

Hitler's mother, however, idolised her son, and in return, for the rest of his life, Hitler kept her picture by his bedside.
Hitler was only six years old when his father retired from the Austrian Civil Service and bought a farm in Lambach.

It was at Lambach (see left below) that Hitler first saw the swastika, which appeared on the heraldic arms which decorated the Baroque choir stalls, where he sang in the Monastery Church on feast days.

The swastika (see right), identical to the swastika later used by the Thule Gesellschaft, had been sculpted several years before Hitler's arrival, on the orders of the abbot, Theodorich Hagen.
Next to the symbol were the letters "AL" for "Abbey Lambach" and the letters "TH" for Theodorich Hagen, and the year 1869.
It is interesting to note that the four letters on the Abbey emblem included the initials "AH."
When young "AH"  (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945) became a student at Lambach, Father Hagen had already died, but the swastikas Hagen ordered carved were still there.
And there was more - Hagen, an erudite ecclesiastic, had studied astrology and the occult sciences.
In 1856 he made a trip to the Near East, visiting Persia, Arabia, Turkey, and the Caucasus. Upon his return to Lambach in 1868 he hired workers to sculpt the swastika on the four corners of the building and on other religious objects.

Like Liebenfels, however, Hitler was not considered suitable for a religious life despite the fact that he was top of his class.

In 1898, the family moved to Leonding, just outside Linz, and Hitler attended the Gymnasium at nearby Steyr.
It was there that the young Adolf met August Kubizek; probably the only close, personal friend he ever had. 
In 1902, when Hitler was thirteen years old, his father died.
At school his academic work deteriorated and he became moody and difficult.
His mother, who had never been firm with him, was now unable to control him, and although he was no delinquent, he was self willed and obstinate.
The only subject which appealed to him at school was History.
His History teacher, Dr. Leopold Potsch, was a supporter of Pan Germanic Nationalism, and was opposed to the multi racial nature of the Hapsburg Empire.
For Hitler he undoubtedly became a father figure, at a critical time in his life, and he always retained fond memories of him. 

(1) Willi and Rudi Schneider were born in Braunau. Their father was a Linotype compositor who lived with his wife and six sons, close by his workshop. Willi, the elder brother, first went into trances in 1919, when he was sixteen. Willi's control was 'Olga', who claimed to have been Lola Montez, the mistress of Ludwig I of Bavaria. Willi was capable of producing materialisations of spirits and despite being tested under rigorous scientific conditions in Munich, Vienna and London from 1922 until 1927, no explanation has been advanced for such phenomena. Willi's powers faded after 1927, but Rudi's then began to develop. Rudi was also tested under rigorous scientific conditions in Munich,Vienna, Paris and London and no evidence of fraud was ever forthcoming. After 1934 Rudi's powers also began to fade, and he died in obscurity in Braunau in 1957. 

In 1907, when Hitler was eighteen, he stayed with his godparents Johan and Joanna Prinz, in Vienna, whilst taking his entrance examination for the Academy of Fine Arts (see right).
Shocked by his failure to pass, he was further shaken by the death of his mother in December of that same year, and who, as fate would have it, was being treated by a Jewish doctor.
His mother left a substantial sum of money and appointed a certain Mayrhofer, as executor. Hitler was granted a yearly allowance and moved from Linz, where he had lived since his father's death, to Vienna in 1908.

In Vienna he stayed with a certain Frau Zakrey at Stumpergasse 29, (see left) with his friend Kubizek, who was nicknamed 'Gustl'.
Hitler received a student's pension, because his father had been a civil servant, along with his allowance from his mother's estate and was, therefore, far from poor, despite his protestations in 'Mein Kamf'.
It appears that at this time Hitler lived the life of a man of leisure, visiting the opera (see right), to hear Wagner, drawing and painting and producing detailed architectural plans for the rebuilding of Vienna and Linz (2). 
In September of the same year he applied, once again, to the Academy of Fine Art, and once again he was refused.

It is at this time, when Hitler was living at Felberstrasse, that he first came across the writings of Liebenfels and Houston Stewart Chamberlain (see left).
At the beginning of 1909 he took the opportunity to visit Liebenfels and at the same time caught his first glimpse of the Spear of Longinus (see right) in the Schatzkammer in the Hofburg.
At this point, without warning or explanation, Hitler left Kubizek, and despite the fact that he had a reasonable income from his inheritance, as well as savings, he disappeared into a world of tramps and 'drop outs'. 
It is during this period that Hitler painted scenes, in watercolour and ink, of Vienna which a drifter, called Hanisch sold in the streets, in order to provide money for both of them.
In 1910, Hitler moved to a Home for Working Men at Meldemannstrasse, and yet again tried, and failed to obtain entry to the Academy. 
Whilst living in Vienna, Hitler spent the time he did not allocate to his painting reading voraciously.
He was a regular customer at a bookshop owned by Ernst Pretzsche. Pretzsche had been born in Mexico City, of German parents.
His father Wilhelm Pretzsche had been a chemist, who in his spare time had studied the occult law of the Aztecs.
When Ernst returned to Austria, in 1892, he retained his father's interest in the occult, and proceeded to open a bookshop in Vienna.
The relationship, which had developed between Hitler and Pretzsche was not only a result of their mutual interest in the occult, but was also a matter of business.

In return for providing Hitler with books Pretzsche obtained watercolours from Hitler which he sold.
The paintings improved the shop's atmosphere and often attracted customers, who as well as buying a picture, would often purchase books as well. It was a good working arrangement. 

(2) From an early age Hitler was fascinated by the art of architecture, and most of his water colours had architectural subjects.
Unfortunately for Hitler he was unable to gain entry to the Architectural Academy in Vienna due to his lack of academic qualifications.
Hitler's favourite existing building was the Paris Opera House (see right) by Charles Garnier, although its style, Neobaroque, was not used in the buildings Hitler commissioned, and in some cases designed, when he came to power.
Hitler's favourite living architect was Paul Ludwig Troost (1878-1934) (see left), a disciple of Karl Friederich Schinkel, the Neoclassicist (1781-1841).

Troost designed the Konigsplatz (see right), the Braun Haus (see left) and the House of German Art (see right below) in Munich before his tragic death in 1934.

Troost was succeeded by his pupil, Albert Speer (see left) (1905-1981) as Hitler's leading architect.
Hitler, Troost and Speer's architectural style was, not surprisingly, been bitterly criticised for the last forty years.
During the last ten years, with the emergence of Post Modernism, Hitler's taste has been, rightly vindicated.
Hitler collaborated with Speer in producing massive schemes for the rebuilding of Munich, Nurnberg, Berlin and Hitler's beloved Linz.
Sadly these schemes only exist as plans and photographs of models. 

Pretzsche specialised in books about history, philosophy, politics,art and the occult; all subjects which were of interest to the young Hitler. In addition Pretzsche was an associate of Guido von List, and was able to introduce Hitler to the occult groups active in Vienna. 
It was Pretzsche who undoubtedly introduced Hitler to the possibility of expanding the consciousness and contacting spiritual entities through the use of psychedelic drugs.
Pretzsche, through his father's researches had knowledge of, and access to Peyotl; the active constituent of the psychedelic peyote plant indigenous to Central America.
Despite this,it was not Pretzsche, however, who was responsible for introducing Hitler to the world of drug induced psychic awareness, but someone far more mysterious.

Near the town of Wachau (see left), on the Danube, lived a herbalist called Hans Lodz.
Hitler had first encountered Lodz whilst he was in the country. In an attempt to produce a spontaneous self awakening, Hitler had travelled to a remote country area, where he had camped.
It was there that Lodz had stumbled upon him.
On discovering the purpose of his visit, Lodz had taken Hitler back to his cabin, where he had prepared for him a potion, probably distilled from the active ingredients of the mushroom Amanita muscarina (see right) (3).
Hitler's experiences with Lodz's potions, along with Pretzsche's peyotol were undoubtedly responsible for opening his mind to the relationships existing between the Macrocosm and Microcosm, and taking him on the first steps to an awareness of the existence of powerful, and alien entities. 
Despite such strange experiences, ordinary life still continued, however, and in 1911 Hitler received a substantial sum from his godmother, Joanna Prinz, just before she died.
Mysteriously, though, he continued to live in doss-houses, eking out a living by selling his watercolours.

In 1913, possibly in order to avoid service in the Austrian Army, Hitler, who was by then twenty-one, moved to Munich (see left), the capital of Bavaria, and rented a room above a tailor's shop, owned by a man called Popp, in Schleissheimerstrasse.
Once in Munich he used his occult connections in Vienna as a means of facilitating his introduction to similar groups in Munich. and it was in this way that Hitler became acquainted with the Thule Gesellschaft and Dietrich Eckart (see right).
Despite his involvement with the 'well-heeled' in occult circles Hitler continued his apparently poverty stricken life-style, making money from painting scenes of the city and continuing his studies of History Politics and Philosophy.
How long he might have gone on living like this if impossible to tell, but in 1914 the great event arrive, for which Hitler may well have been preparing. 
According to 'Mein Kampf', Hitler, on hearing of the outbreak of war (see right), got down on his knees and thanked Heaven for granting him the good fortune of being permitted to live at that time.
Although Hitler's description is somewhat melodramatic, he undoubtedly was pleased that war had finally come, and in this he was not unlike millions of other ordinary people.
It is probable, though, that the motives behind Hitler's gratitude were radically different from the majority of his contemporaries. 
Not surprisingly, like thousands of other young men, he volunteered shortly afterwards for the German Army, joining the 16th Bavarian Regiment (see left). 

(3) Amanita muscarina, also known as Fly Agaric is a fungus with a deep red cap marked with white spots. Its common name derives from the practice, common in Germany, of crumbling pieces of the fungus in a saucer of water which was used to kill flies. The mushroom was used by Norse warriors in the Dark Ages, its effect being to give them exceptional courage and strength, causing them to go 'berserk'. Less aggressive individuals found that the mushroom would grant them glowing visions of supernatural beauty and significance, and therefore the mushroom was regularly used by shamans, witches and magicians 

Once in the Army and through his basic training, Hitler volunteered for the dangerous job of Meldeganger or regimental messenger, and throughout the War refused to be promoted above the rank of corporal (see left). 
He was initially posted to the front at Ypres.
As a result of the First Battle of Ypres, only six hundred men, in Hitler's regiment, out of an original total of three thousand and five hundred, survived.
Hitler himself was later wounded in the thigh at the Somme and spent a short time in a military hospital in Berlin, recovering.
Rejoining his regiment he took part in the battle of Arras, and in 1917, visited Berlin and Dresden while on leave.
In August of 1918 Hitler was awarded the Iron Cross, First Class (see right), for his exceptional bravery.
There is, in fact, evidence that he won the Iron Cross on two occasions; in one case in recognition of his capture of four French soldiers single handed.

In October he was blinded in a gas attack at Ypres (see left), and subsequently sent to a military hospital at Pasewalk, a small town north-east of Berlin. In 'Mein Kampf' Hitler describes, in detail, his physical pain along with the anguish and despair he felt when he learned of Germany's defeat.
While initially the effects of his gassing must have caused him considerable pain, what he fails to tell us is that once the physical pain had subsided, he found himself in a prolonged state of sensory deprivation; known to para-psychologists as 'the ganzfeld effect' (4); confined to his bed, unable to see and in the hushed atmosphere of a hospital ward.
Compared to the living hell of the front, with its screaming shells combining with the screams of the mutilated and dying, and the everlasting thundering of the guns, Hitler's new environment was tailor-made for the psychic experience he sought.
On his recovery, in November, he was posted back to Munich.
When he arrived in that city he was a very different man to the one who had left four years before. 
By the time Hitler returned to Munich the War had ended.
During the next year Germany was racked by internal dissent, and after the Kaiser's abdication, along with the other various Kings, Princes and Arch-Dukes of the Empire, Germany became a republic.
On the 6th of April, 1919, in Bavaria, a Soviet Republic was declared at Munich, following the fall of the Hoffman Government.
The Communist regime was quickly overthrown by troops from the Reichwehr which had been dispatched from Berlin.
During this time of upheaval & uncertainty Hitler was initially stationed at Traunstein (see left), near Munich, as a guard in a prisoner of war camp, & then later was sent back to Munich as a 'Political Officer' for the Wehrmacht.
During this time he successfully infiltrated certain Army units which had gone over to the Communists.
When the Communists fell from power, the army turned to informers in order to root out subversive elements, and as a result of information, which Hitler provided, many were executed during the vengeful days which followed. 

(4) Since the end of the last War the effects of sensory deprivation have been studied intensively, particularly by Dr. John C Lilly in the USA. It has been found that if all external stimulation can be effectively reduced (the method used by Lilly was to immerse the body in a saline solution at blood temperature in darkness with 'white noise' supplied to the ears) the brain would project its consciousness internally and produce symbolic images of remarkable intensity, along with unusual insights, which were remarkably similar to those experienced under the influence of the major psychedelics.

It is at about this time that Hitler became involved once again with the Thule Group (see left).
In 1919 the Thule Gesellschaft set up a workers organisation, which subsequently amalgamated with 'The Committee of Independent Workers', and became known as the German Nationalist Worker's Party (see right).
Hitler implies that he first came into contact with this small party which was ostensibly run by the ex-railway engineer Anton Drexler (see left), as the result of an instruction from his superior officer, Konstantin Heirl (see right) (5). 
Some years later, Hitler went to great lengths in 'Mein Kampf', to paint an innocuous picture of his first encounter with the German Worker's Party. Hitler claimed, in 'Mein Kampf', that he came upon the political group, quite by chance.
He recounts, in considerable detail, how he attended his first meeting at the Lieber Room of the Sterneckerbrau in Munich.
Hitler gives a somewhat dismissive picture of this group and describes how, at one point, he apparently entered rather violently into the discussion.

Throughout his account he gives the impression of not knowing the names of any of the members, with the exception of Gottlieb Feder (see right) (6), the economist.
He implies that he was pleased to leave, and had no intention of returning. When he subsequently received an offer of membership he implies that he was both surprised and unsure as to whether to accept.
Of course, after communing with his 'droll little friends', the mice, in his bare barrack room, Hitler did decide to accept this invitation to join, and, as is well known, the German Worker's Party eventually became the National Socialist German Worker's Party.
The rest, as they say, is History. 

(5) Heirl is mysterious by virtue of the fact that his date of birth is unknown, along with the fact that at the end of the war he disappeared without trace. At the time he ordered Hitler to investigate the German Worker's Party he was probably a clandestine member, although officially his membership postdates that of Hitler. He subsequently became responsible for the long term planning of the NSDAP. 

(6) Gottfried Feder, 1883-1941, joined the German Worker's Party in 1919. In 1920 he was instrumental in helping to draw up the famous 'Twenty-five Articles', which formed the backbone of the party's policies. Feder was essentially an economist, radically ahead of his time, who saw the inherent flaws in industrial society, and particularly its dependence on the concept of interest. In his quest for power Hitler found it necessary to court the rich industrialist, such as Thyssen and Krup, and thus Feder's influence waned. Feder continued teaching at University level, but died in relative obscurity.

The Sources of Hitler's Power

Hitler's account of his first meeting with the German Worker's Party is undoubtedly, like much else in 'Mein Kampf', a complete fiction.

Hitler of course was a member of the Thule Group, from which the majority of members of the committee of the German Worker's Party had been recruited.

Eckart, (see right) with the approval of the Army, had appointed Hitler to the committee of the party with the intention of him eventually becoming leader.
The Army considered Hitler to be an ideal 'front' man.
Eckart, of course, knew better.
He said to his confidants in the Thule Gesellschaft, shortly before he died, "Hitler will dance, but it is I who have called the tune !
I have initiated him into the 'Secret Doctrine', opened his centres of vision (1) and given him the means to communicate with the Powers. Do not mourn for me: I shall have influenced History more than any other German".

Eckart's use of the phrase ' Secret Doctrine' appears, on the face of it, to be a reference to Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical teaching; 'The Secret Doctrine' being the title of her last book published in 1891; particularly with regards to Race and the existence of 'hidden supermen'. Eckart may, however, be referring to some esoteric doctrine of his own.

Returning to Hitler's political testament, 'Mein Kampf'; the book, of course, must be understood as a pure piece of political propaganda.
The cruel and devastating lessons of War had taught Hitler that political power and the destinies of nations could not be compromised by such bourgeois values as honesty and openness.
Any consideration of current political events, will of course show that Hitler's appraisal is still widely practised by even the most 'respectable' of governments who are, on numerous occasions, 'economical with the truth'.
Notwithstanding being economical with the truth, 'Mein Kampf' is a remarkable book, which, because of the reputation of its author, has been regularly described as verbose, confused and turgid in style, by many commentators.
It is probably significant to note that it was only after 1945 that such criticisms of the book's style and content became general.

The book itself was the result of a collaboration between Hitler, Professor Karl Haushofer, Rudolf Hess (see left) and Haushofer's son, Albrecht (2).
The book was an immediate success after its publication in 1925 and it not only made Hitler enormously rich, eventually selling in excess of nine million copies, but was also influential in convincing intellectuals, academics and the upper classes of the legitimacy and value of the National Socialist ideal.
Unlike the books of Smith, Blavatsky, Crowley or even Chamberlain, there is no claim on Hitler's part, or anyone else's for that matter, to divine or daemonic inspiration in its creation.
The book is simply propaganda combined with political, economic and social philosophy.

(1) The 'centre of vision' are the the Sacred Chakras, which are a central part of esoteric philosophy in both the Oriental and Oriental systems of magic. In Occidental magic, which has its origins in Gnosticism and the Kabala, the Chakras are associated with the Planetary Spheres and the Kabalistic Tree of Life. There are seven Chakras in the human body associated with various organs. The lowest Chakra is associated with the rectum, the second with the genitals, the third with the abdomen, the fourth with the heart, the fifth with the thyroid, the sixth with the pineal gland and the last Chakra with the crown. Each Chakra 'vibrates' at its own rate and acts as a 'gate' to the 'Kundalini Power' which originates in the ano-genital area and, when released, can rise through the Chakras, being modified by each one; eventually reaching the Crown Chakra to produce a spiritual 'awakening'. There are various ways of causing such an awakening of power; the easiest being a direct stimulation of the Kundalini through erotic or sado-erotic practices. Such stimulation,rather than the slower and considerably more difficult meditatory path, often results in a lack of control of the powers so obtained. 

(2) Albrecht Haushofer see left), son of Professor Karl Haushofer, was born in 1903.

An intellectual, he wrote esoteric poetry and historical verse dramas.
Remarkably precocious, he obtained his doctorate at the age of nineteen.
He was involved in Hess's flight to Scotland in May, 1941 and in the attempt on Hitler's life in July of 1944. He was arrested by the Gestapo and executed in 1945. 

It is not the purpose of this study to document, in detail, Hitler's rise to power, or his subsequent conduct of the War.
That Hitler, in common with the other individuals in this study, underwent a transformational experience, which radically altered his outlook, and unleashed hitherto untapped mental and psychic resources is without doubt.In some ways Hitler is the most problematic of our subjects.
Objectively, it must be admitted that, out of all the individuals we shall be considering, his achievements were, undoubtedly, the most influential, far reaching and significant.
Most people, however, would find it difficult to admit to such an assessment despite the fact that Hitler was, almost single-handedly responsible for remoulding, politically, a country and its culture.
He then went on to impose his philosophical system upon the greater part of a whole continent, causing, in the process, the outbreak of a conflict of world wide scope and significance.

It is one of the mysteries of History that we can call Alexander of Macedon - (see left - head by Arno Breker), 'Alexander the Great', despite of the fact that he crucified the entire adult male population of Tyre and Sidon, castrating the youths and sending them into slavery along with the women, whom his soldiers violated.

Equally we can study the career of Napoleon the First (see right), dispassionately, despite his conquest of Europe and the enormous numbers of dead and injured which these wars produced.

In like manner the Genocide undertaken by the United States against the American Indians in the second half of the nineteenth century has been all but 'swept under the carpet', while the USA arrogantly swaggers around the world, using force if necessary, to attack other countries it considers guilty of violating human rights.

Stalin, whilst often condemned, is still viewed merely as a historical phenomena although he was undoubtedly guilty of causing the deaths of far more people than Hitler, even assuming that the highest estimates of deaths in the Holocaust are accepted as correct.

Stalin, of course was our ally in the last War and this seems to interfere, radically with our subsequent judgement.

Perhaps the political leader responsible for the largest number of deaths in all history is Mao Ze Dong, the 'Chairman' of the Chinese Communist Party.
Millions died as a result of the civil war he pursued, as well as those who died in the 'purges', the appalling famines, and , of course, the notorious 'Cultural revolution'.
In the forty-odd years since the end of the last War Hitler has been presented as the 'ultimate bogeyman' of History.
The victors wrote a history, however, that was too darkly coloured. Shakespeare warns us to beware of those who 'protest too much'.
The victors feared, and even today still fear that Hitler may strike at them from the grave.
It appears that they know something about this man, and his ideas that many, at the time, did not.
However, on the reasonable assumption that Hitler and Nazism are essentially evil and repulsive they will surely appeal to no one.
It should not be necessary to destroy Hitler's mountain home, the Berghof, at Berchtesgaden (3), along with everything else associated with him, and to ridicule and condemn both him and his ideas at every opportunity if they are self evidently unacceptable to right thinking people.
Behind all this frantic and seemingly unnecessary condemnation lies an enigma which involves, undoubtedly, the nature of the source of Hitler's ideas and personal power.
Those who are now in power, and who inherited the laurels of the victory over Fascism, know something of, and deeply fear the power that inspired Hitler, and through him, a whole nation, a mere fifty years ago.
That power is opposed to all our mundane and bourgeois habits; a power capable of releasing us from this familiar world into a harsher dawn.

(3) When the Americans captured Berchtesgaden, in Bavaria, in 1945, it was decided that the Berghof (Haus Wachenfeld), which Hitler had first rented and subsequently bought with the proceeds from the sale of 'Mein Kampf', after his release from Landsberg Prison, should be destroyed, along with most of the other buildings on the Obersalzburg, with the exception of the Platterhof and the Hotel Turken.
This reason given for this wanton destruction of buildings of historical importance, which included the Nurnberg Stadium, (which resisted all attempts such was the quality of its construction), and many other buildings designed by Speer and Hitler, was that they would become 'shrines to Nazism'. 

That Hitler has been judged a psychopath, a fool, a carpet chewing maniac, a crank, an uneducated eccentric, a thug and much else besides is well known. Most people would undoubtedly consider him an evil individual.

The problem we face here, though, is that it is only the victors who are given the privilege of writing History, initially.
Hitler was well aware of this when he made his famous statement that 'the Goddess of History would tear to tatters the judgement of this court', during his trial in 1924, which resulted from the failure of the Munich Putch.
Any objective assessment of Hitler cannot support the contention that he was insane, stupid or lacking in personal qualities.
The fact that he was highly thought of by his superiors in the Army should indicate that he was self disciplined, reliable and intelligent.
The fact that he was awarded the Iron Cross (see right) on two occasions, should show that he was courageous.
None of this, however, explains how Hitler was able to bring his influence to bear on the then President, Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg, Crown Prince Friederich Wilhelm of Hohenzollern, the Kaiser's heir, General von Mackensen, Baron Fritz Thyssen (4), Gustav and Alfred Krupp (5), Professors Naumann, Bertram and Jordan, Wagner's widow, Cosima and of course Houston Stewart Chamberlain, amongst many others.

It was in 1923 that Hitler met Chamberlain at Bayreuth, in Bavaria, and acclaimed him, in the presence of the Wagner family and other celebrities, to be the 'new German messiah'.
The old man, driven once again by his daemons, was able, eventually, to die content; happy in the knowledge that his prophecies of Aryan greatness were at last about to come true. Hitler attended his funeral in 1927.

For a man who, whilst not being ugly or deformed, was not handsome, Hitler had a remarkable hold over both men and women, which in the final analysis, came down to an animal and almost sexual attraction. While it may be difficult for many people to accept the fact today, Hitler came nearer to being revered as a God than any other individual in modern times.

Surprisingly, this adoration was not limited to the uneducated masses but was felt by artists, intellectuals and academics; many of his greatest admirers being in the military; the Junker aristocracy, and captains of industry and commerce.
Those who met Hitler after the War often refer, in their reminiscences, to his remarkable pale, clear blue eyes, which many state, unequivocally, had a distinctly hypnotic quality
 Face to face, few could resist his charm, or his anger. and contrary to popular belief, it was only towards the end that Hitler resorted to bouts of aggressive anger, rather than to his winning smile and boyish enthusiasm.

(4) Fritz von Thyssen, 1873-1951. He was a multimillionaire who made his money from steel. He became a member of the NSDAP in 1923, pouring huge sums of money into the party coffers. He saw the National Socialists as a bulwark against communism. He was instrumental in encouraging Hitler to remove members of the party like Strasser and Feder, who were anti- capitalist, from influential positions in the party. 

(5) Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907-1967. The son and heir of Gustav Krupp, he was an enthusiastic supporter of Hitler. In 1943 he was appointed Minister of War Economy. Shortly after his capture and imprisonment as a 'war criminal', by the Allies he was released and his companies property and fortune were restored to him. 
Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1870-1950. A multimillionaire industrialist who was mainly involved in the manufacture of armaments. From 1931 he was Chairman of the Association of German Industrialists. Initially he distrusted Hitler but later, after meeting Hitler, he became a firm friend and supporter of the National Socialists. At the end of the war he was not tried by the Nurnberg War Crimes Commission because of 'ill health'.

Eckart implied that Hitler had special powers and communion with occult entities; 'hidden masters'.
Certainly, Hitler had an abnormal ability to sway people, both as individuals and in the mass. Eye witnesses are united in reporting an almost physical transformation in the Fuhrer when he spoke at public meetings.
It was Hanfstangl (see right) (6) who suggested that Hitler, when speaking to the masses, 'had that ability which is needed to make people stop thinking critically and simply emote'.
 Equally, Professor Alan Bullock (7) was of the opinion that when Hitler spoke it was not as if he was using words but rather a case of the emotions coming direct, with a rawness and power.
Many eye witnesses have equated Hitler's behaviour during his public appearances with those of a medium. Usually they have presumed that Hitler was communicating with the collective unconscious of his listeners. It is more likely that he was channelling power from a more mysterious source.
The sheer power of Hitler's presence is now difficult to imagine, despite the fact that unlike Joseph Smith, or Rasputin, who were also capable of swaying large groups, we have both film and sound recordings of Hitler's speeches.
There are, however, still many witnesses of Hitler's rallies, alive today, who are prepared to honestly report their feelings about Hitler, now that some fifty years have passed.

Alfons Heck (see left), a writer on the National Socialist era, has stated, frankly, that when he came face to face with Hitler, at a Hitler Youth rally, he felt he had come face to face with God. Eckart had obviously done his job well.

Alfons Heck (3 November 1928 - 12 April 2005) was born in the Rhineland.
From 1938 through the end of World War II, he was a member of Hitler Youth, eventually becoming a Hitler Youth Officer and a fanatical adherent of Nazism’s ideologies.
Decades later, after emigrating to the United States via Canada, Heck wrote candidly of his youthful military experiences in news articles and two books - 'A Child of Hitler: Germany in the Days When God Wore a Swastika' and 'The Burden of Hitler's Legacy'.
Often confronted with comments from his audience that similar malevolent indoctrination wouldn’t occur again, Heck replied that if any regime chose to do so, children at such vulnerable ages could be coerced into the same sort of blind obedience for a cause, that the Hitler Youth were taught to accept.
Heck also provided testimony on the parallels between Nazism and Islamism and was featured in the documentary 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West'.

The key to understanding the exceptional individual, and particularly the individual who has been made exceptional, is to be found in the Will.

It is no accident that the film of the 1934 Nurnberg Party Rally, (see left) directed by Leni Riefenstahl (see right) was called 'The Triumph of the Will' (8).

To Hitler the Will was paramount, as it was for Crowley, Gurdjieff and all others who wished to control the powers of the occult.
The focusing of the Will was of the essence; once that was lost dissolution was inevitable. The Will, which must be focused into a blazing stream of pure energy, is used to wield images and symbols as if they were material reality.
It is the source of Life; for the Creator is simply an infinite and all-powerful Will, and death comes to men only through a weakness of Will.


'And the Will lieth therin, which dieth not.
Who knoweth the mysteries of the Will and its vigour ?
For God is but a great Will pervading all things by the nature of its intentness.
Man doth not yield himself to the Angels nor to Death uterly, save only through the weakness of his feeble Will !'

Joseph Glanvill - (1636–1680)

(6) Ernst Franz Sedgwick Hanfstangl (Putzi) (see left), 1887-1976.
He was a Harvard graduate, with an American mother. He belonged to an affluent family, which originally came from Munich and dealt in fine art reproductions and publishing. Hanfstangl met Hitler in 1921 and regularly lent and gave him money. He was responsible for introducing Hitler to 'polite' Munich society.
He was a competent pianist who often entertained and relaxed Hitler by playing excerpts from Wagner's operas. In 1937 he inexplicably fled from Germany, convinced that Hitler was planning to kill him.
After the war he published a book entitled 'Hitler, the Missing Years'.

(7) Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock (13 December 1914 – 2 February 2004), was a British historian, who wrote an influential biography of Adolf Hitler and many other works.

(8) Leni Riefenstahl (see right), 1902-. She was a documentary film director whose first film, 'Sieg des Glaubens' ('Victory of Faith'), was made at the behest of Gobbles, the Minister of Propaganda.

Her relationship with Gobbles was a difficult one and she suffered a nervous breakdown while making the film.
Hitler personally convinced her to make a further documentary of the 1934 Nurnberg Party Rally.
This was the now famous 'Triumph des Willens' ('The Triumph of the Will') which is considered, even today, and despite its subject, to be the peak of the documentary film maker's art.
She went on to make 'Olympia', which was a record of the Berlin Olympics of 1936. She was imprisoned for a short while by the Allies after the war, presumably for making documentaries, and has continued her career in films and photography since then.

From Hitler's confidential conversations, including those with Heinrich Himmler (see right) (9) and Hermann Rauschning (see left) (10), it is evident that he was far from being an 'ex-corporal turned right-wing, bourgeois politician, made good'.

One simply has to observe Hitler with someone like Neville Chamberlain to see the difference between a politician and a religious leader.
His statements show him to be a person for whom, like Joseph Smith, politics were only a means to an end.
He, like Crowley, was ushering in a 'New Age', and like Crowley, and unlike our contemporary, sentimental and woolly headed disciples of alternative lifestyles and green politics, he knew that if this New Age was to be firmly established it would involve upheaval and suffering on an immense scale.
The tragedy is probably that we have had the suffering but the 'new age' has been aborted by the free-market capitalists.
That dawn is still awaited by so many, but before it dawns more suffering is probably inevitable
Hitler made it clear that he felt that the world was at the point of a crucial transformation which he would be instrumental in initiating.

It was not to be simply a political or economic transformation, but rather a transformation of moral and spiritual values. In this, of course, he was echoing one of his favourite authors, Friederich Nietzsche (see left).
In addition he saw the advent of a change in cultural perception, from the dominance of logic and the intellect to a new consciousness of Will and magical interpretation.
Rauschning makes it clear in his book 'Conversations with Hitler' that to understand Hitler one must realize that he believed absolutely that there was a magical relationship between Man and the Universe.
Although Rauschning was not aware of it, this conviction on Hitler's part undoubtedly stemmed from his drug induced experiences with Hans Lodz in 1910 and the teachings of Eckart.
In common with Madame Blavatsky and Gurdjieff, Hitler believed that the creative process, far from being over, was still active, and, if anything, undergoing a significant escalation.

Like Joseph Smith, Hitler believed that the purpose of material creation was the deification of man (see right), although Hitler, unlike Smith, believed that such a process could be achieved in this life by essentially biological means.
This was the rationale behind the concept of the 'Herrenvolk' and the racial policies which have apparently so outraged the 'liberal conscience'.

Perhaps Hitler's most perceptive and significant comment was that the purpose of human evolution was 'to achieve a mystic vision of the Universe' (see right).

It was also, by inference, the purpose of National Socialism.

Heinrich Himmler (see left), 1900-1945.

He was born at Landshut (see right) in Bavaria, the son of a respected teacher and former tutor to the Wittlesbach family.

Himmler studied at the Technischehochschule in Munich and became a laboratory technician.
He was too young to serve in the Great War, but joined the Freikorps at the end of the War.

Himmler took part in the Munich Putch of 1923 (see left), acting as standard bearer, having joined the NSDAP that same year.

After the Putch he set up a small chicken farm near Munich (see right.
He was appointed head of Hitler's bodyguard, the Schutzstaffel or SS,in 1926.
By 1936 Himmler controlled all the police in Germany, including the Gestapo and the SD.

The SS eventually became a state within a state, having its own armed forces and producing its own weapons, including the first operational jet fighters along with the V1 and V2 rockets.

The SS, under Himmler made its own laws, which were administered by its own courts. It also had responsibility for the concentration camps.

The Ahnenerbe (see right) was a special section of the SS concerned with the study of Nordic culture and History along with occult matters. Himmler, like Hitler, was teetotal and vegetarian.
He was also convinced of the value of Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies.
The SS itself intended to provide the genetic material from which would come the superhuman beings which Hitler saw as the final stage of Human evolution. Himmler committed suicide in 1945.

(10) Herman Rauschning, (1887-). He was president of the Danzig Senate in 1933. In 1935 he disagreed with Hitler and fled to Switzerland. He subsequently became an American citizen. 

Those killed in the war which began in 1939, and those who died in the concentration camps were, undoubtedly, in Hitler's view, an acceptable price to pay for the 'Deification of Man' and the 'Mystic Vision'.
Before we jump too hurriedly to a judgement on such values, however, perhaps we should consider the 'assured mutual destruction' of nuclear war, which hung over the world for fifty years, and which to an extent still does, which is not only contemplated, but embraced in the defence of economic systems which are patently fraudulent, ineffective and ecologically disastrous.
Which is the greater price to pay, and which is the higher objective ?
The 'liberals' in the West and the one-time communists in the East, with their fingers on the nuclear buttons are still writing History, but, it seems, fewer people are prepared to believe them.
Of course, there was never any possibility of Hitler's vast vision of a transformed future coming to pass within his lifetime.

Shortly after the beginning of the War Hitler began to lose control of the powers he had acquired through the teachings of L¢dz, his experiences in the Great War and his time with Eckart. Essentially these powers found their energy in the release of the sexual Chakras (see left).

It is known that throughout his adolescence Hitler had severely repressed his sexual drives.

In 1928, when Hitler bought Haus Wachenfeld (se left) on the Obersalzburg, he invited his sister Angela Raubal (see right) to be his housekeeper.

She brought with her, to Berchtesgaden, her two daughters, Friedl and Geli.

By 1929 Hitler and Geli were constantly in each other's company when Hitler was in Munich or on the Obersalzburg.
When Hitler acquired an apartment in Prinzregentenstrasse (see right), in Munich, Geli was given rooms there.
There is no doubt that Hitler either had, or intended to have a sexual relationship of some sort with his niece, and was insanely jealous of her seeing other men; at one point accusing her of having an affair with Emil Maurice, his chauffeur and bodyguard.
In September 1931, Geli Raubal was found shot dead in Hitler's flat. According to the Coroner she had committed suicide after an argument with Hitler. Hitler was devastated, weeping publicly at Geli's funeral.
It appears that Hitler had written a letter to Geli shortly before her death, which had somehow fallen into the wrong hands.
The letter was eventually recovered by a priest who supported Hitler.
Everyone who read the letter, including the priest, disappeared as a result of Himmler's efficient and deadly actions.
In the letter it is believed that Hitler wrote frankly about his sado-masochistic attitude towards sex, which was related to his manipulation of sexual activities for paranormal purposes, although this was not explicitly stated in the letter.
It is possible that Geli committed suicide, but whether this was a falsification of the truth, or whether Hitler or Himmler killed Geli is really immaterial.
That Geli was a danger to Hitler was an undoubted fact.
She was certainly an electoral liability and, perhaps more significantly and bizarrely, she would have been a drain on the psycho-sexual powers which Hitler needed in order to produce his mediumistic performances of mass oratory.

A year later Hitler met Eva Braun (see right) (11) at the studio of the photographer Heinrich Hoffman.
To begin with Hitler provided her with a flat in Munich, but later she moved into the Berghof. She remained hidden from the public, although she acted as Mistress of the Berghof, entertaining Hitler's eminent guests.
There has long been controversy over the nature of Hitler's relationship with her.

(11) Eva Braun, later Eva Hitler, (1912-1945). Born in Simbach, in Bavaria, close to the Austrian border, she had a limited education but was physically attractive, with a pleasing personality. She had two sisters, Ilse and Gretl, who often stayed with her at the Berghof. In 1945 Eva committed suicide, after marrying Hitler in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin.

Of those who were close to Hitler who are still alive, Reinhard Spitzy (see left), von Ribbentrop's secretary, and a regular visitor to the Berghof, suggests that Hitler and Eva had a normal sexual relationship, whereas Putzi Hanfstangl suggests that Hitler was not interested in 'normal' sexual activities. The mystery remains.
Once Hitler had consolidated his power he began, apparently, to develop bourgeois tastes and attitudes which he would have probably rejected in his youth.

He liked to relax in an informal atmosphere, indulging in his passion for cream cakes, decaffeinated coffee and mountain walks, in his mountain home on the Obersalzburg.
His para-normal powers waned but his daemons did not desert him.
Often he would awaken at night, screaming. He would rush into a corner, and stand trembling, sweat pouring off him, pointing at some invisible entity, while he mumbled and endless stream of meaningless phrases and words.
He would repeatedly declare that 'he' had come for him.
After some considerable time, and a great deal of reassurance from his aides, his breathing would return to normal, the vision would fade, and Hitler would finally be put back to bed.
The question remains, who or what did Hitler see in the shadows ?
Eventually, his powers deserted him completely. The bomb plot, arranged by some of his disillusioned generals was the final blow, weakening his physical & spiritual resolve on which his 'will' rested. He had failed, and was cast aside to be reviled by History. 'Who' ever or 'what' ever cast him aside was seeking a new strategy; a more subtle one.


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