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Nazis and the Occult: The Dark Forces Unleashed by the Third Reich

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Featuring many rare archive photographs, this book reveals the true nature of the Third Reich’s link with arcane influences and of evil itself.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 16th 2009 by Chartwell Books, Inc. (first published 2007)
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Brittany
Being interested in both Nazis and the occult, I had high expectations for this book - I wasn't expecting a John Green best seller, but I was hoping for *something*. I personally found the text to be really dry and monotonous, bordering on repetitive at times, and I'm still not sure if the author is endorsing or rejecting the idea of occult practices amongst the Nazi Party. The content itself seemed to be extensively researched, but there were a few things written that I know to be untrue or wer ...more
Dave
Nov 23, 2008 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians. Researchers. Symbolists.
Using an objective, journalistic approach, Roland deconstructs the popular myths surrounding Hitler and the Nazi party's obsession with the occult, and history's attempts to attribute the Reich's attrocities to the rise of 'The dark Massiah'.

The book is nicely illustrated and would have received a full five stars had the print not been so ludicrously small.
Crabby McGrouchpants
This book will rock you down to your foundations: however you might think of the "Occult" (try: the Esoteria is beyond the Preliminary Under-pinnings) or wherever this book's filed in your local bookstore (Nazis? Black magic? Radiation poisoning?), this little trip will take you through the ideological structures and physical/mental energies released by these Heartless Bastards (read: Spoiled Bananas/Ruined Milk/Destroyed Cancerous Cells, etc.), not some "belief system" structure which keep the ...more
Gareth Pengelly
I was surprised by the cynical attitude taken in this book. I was expecting it to be chock full of spuriously-referenced 'facts' about Hitler and his occult connections.

Instead, I find a refreshingly skeptical point of view, where the writer has obviously taken a step back from his sources and viewed them with a critical mind. One could easily discern the author's opinion on the subjects themselves; the number of criticisms levelled at the characters of Hitler and his cronies was quite extraordi
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Stephen
This is a very interesting take on the evil in the Third Reich. It appears the author wrote to discredit the claims of Trevor Ravenscroft on Hitler's esotoric actions. Roland makes a credible case with good analysis of the behaviors and actions of the Nazi Party. He investigates the claims of astrology and mediums being used, and touches on the culture of magic that manifested itself at the time. Touching on Crowley in England, he points that it wasn't just the Reich using what some would call E ...more
lara_nur
Nazi amat percayakan ramalan zodiak. Sape percaya dia memang Nazi jugak! Kahkahkahkah! Lara kasik 3 bintang sudah. Tapi gambar-gambar dia memang rare. Antara empat paksi dark force ni, Hitler, Himmler, Goehring dan Goebbels, lara paling tertarik pada Goebbels. Kalaulah dia hidup lagi sekarang.....
Eilleen
finding the basis of the nazi theories on how the world should have been was an eye opener. the strong belief in legends & turning it into a real life belief system, the ability to change or augment history to suit their needs & try to take over the whole world.
Kelly Reitmeier
I liked the idea of this book but I just couldn't get into it. I found it a bit dull and it read more like a high school essay. It raises some pretty interesting thoughts however and gives you some different perspectives to the rise and reign of Hitler.
Ethan Hval
Worth reading... or you could just pick it up and read the "Conclusion" which is excellent and compelling. The book is excellent at debunking myths that surprisingly still persist about the Nazis rise to power.
Trish
Slightly different take on the standard subject. Examines the nature of the Reich's link - or lack of true link - with the arcane, and tries to explain why HItler succeeded in mesmerizing it anyway.
Linsay Powell
Really enjoyed this. Very interesting without sensationalising rubbish. Very good at separating what could be real from what is likely to be false
Josefine
To be honest I only read half of it. So much errors and insane theories, do not read if you don't want to be annoyed.
Joshua Cannon
Liked the counter points and voices throughout but it tended to get muddled and convoluted as a result.
Bradley
A very eerie book indeed. Nazis were certainly insane.
Tom
interesting. a fast read.
Andrew
Dec 25, 2009 Andrew added it
Wow. Very well researched information on the Rise of Hitler.. Thule society and Vrill Society! Scary stuff here...
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