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Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult

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Engagingly written, Unholy Alliance is a comprehensive, popular history of the occult background and roots of the Nazi movement, showing how the ideas of a vast international network of late 19th- and early 20th-century occult groups influenced Nazi ideology. Levenda takes readers through the teachings of Madame Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, the Thule Gesellschaft - the occ ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published May 24th 2002 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1995)
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Unholy Alliance has to be the stupidest book written about so called "Nazi occultism" since Spear of Destiny by Trevor Ravenscroft. The author of this book is either insane, a huckster trying to make a buck or a covert ADL agent. It reads like he did his research for this book by watching one of those silly A & E "Nazi occult" documentaries, reading public ADL or SPLC "intelligence" reports designed to scare little old Jewish ladies into thinking the Nazis are coming back if they don't send ...more
Scott Baker
I had mixed feelings about this book. It seemed to be well researched and was extensively footnoted, although I never double checked the sources. Since my primary reason for reading Unholy Alliance was to obtain background research for a historically-based horror novel I am writing, this book fit my needs. From an academic standpoint, I have two major concerns with the quality of the research.

First, Unholy Alliance repeatedly makes the claim that Martin Bormann escaped from Berlin in May 1945 an
Robert Palmer
As a lifelong history buff, I have read a number of books about the Third Reich. In addition, as an undergraduate political science major, I have read a number of books about fascism in general and the Nazi party in particular. But in all of the other books I have read, there is a gaping hole, for unlike any other political movement of which I am aware, the Nazi party has its origins in the occult, and mainstream historians and political scientists just don't want to discuss that aspect of the N ...more
Horrible. Absolutely horrible. It was the first time I can ever remember putting a book down without finishing or intending to finish. I've always found history to be fascinating and this was not the first time I've heard mention of the Occult being part of Hitler's life, so I figured I'd give it a try since it was also part of a collection of books I was given some time ago. By the middle of the 2nd chapter, I had found several major basic historical errors that had nothing to do with the Occul ...more
Brad Vance
Part of my research for "Rob the Daemon" involved looking at Nazi roots in/obsession with the occult. Some of what's in here has been discredited by a more scholarly writer, Corinna Treitel's "A Science for the Soul." All the same, a good look at the pre-Nazi hodgepodge of "Aryanism," occultism, anti-Semitism, nationalism etc. that all went into the Nazi "philosophy."
I read "Unholy Alliance" for a class ... And it was one of the longest weeks of my life.

I was more interested in the (brief) parts of the text in which Levenda discussed his trip to Chile to investigate Colonia Dignidad. The book suffered when he directed his focus on Nazi occult history. It was repetitive and highly judgemental. Levenda occasionally inserted small sarcastic comments that were out of place.

If anyone has any recommendations for books that deal with Nazi occult history, I'd love
A very interesting look at a topic rarely discussed, the Nazis and their occult roots. Cripes, was there anything that the Nazis believed that wasn't crazy? Aryans riding out the flood on top of everest, the moon made of ice, hollow earth theory! Even worse is that they used all this utter nonsense to perpetrate one of the worst atrocities of all time. Good riddance!
Whether or not it is a mood I am in or if it is just boringly written but overall it hasn't grabbed me very well. It could be the subject needs a different approach. Well constructed though. I skipped much of it, read here and there but in the end I couldn't find myself wanting to finish it totally. Not for the masses most definitly.
It was OK. Rather repetitive. And for me not very convincing that it mattered that they dabbled in runes and whatnot rather than say Christianity. The Nazi regime had to have certain ideological beliefs to justify their policies.
Jay D
A page-turning overview of a subject that is quite obvious, yet unknown to most. *The* book on the subject, along with Goodrich-Clarke's.
Stu Horvath
An excellent read, but there's a reason this one is on my occult shelf instead of my historical one.
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This is for research towards my new novel.
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Author who focuses primarily on occult history. He is best known for his book Unholy Aliance, which is about Esoteric Hitlerism and Nazi occultism, and is also author of the Simon Necronomicon.

He was the president of the international division of Ortronics, Inc., a telecommunications company based in Asia.

He appeared in the TNT documentary Faces of Evil as an expert on Nazi history with special re
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