excerpts from 'The
Unknown Hitler' by Wulf Schwartzwaller
The Thule-Gesellschaft (Thule Society)
was founded August 17, 1918, by Rudolf von Sebottendorff. He had
been schooled in occultism, Islamic mysticism, alchemy,
Rosicrucianism and much else, in Turkey, where he had also been
initiated into Freemasonry.
Its original name was Studiengruppe für germanisches Altertum (Study
Group for German Antiquity), but it soon started to disseminate
anti-republican and anti-Semitic propaganda.
A movement to promote Thulian ideas among industrial workers and to
offset Marxism, was formed in August 1918 - the Workers' Political
Circle with Thulist Karl Harrer as chairman.
From this came the German Workers' Party in 1919.
A year later this became the NSDAP under the leadership of Adolf
Hitler. It had members from the top echelons of the party, including
Rudolf Hess and Alfred Rosenberg, though not Adolf Hitler.
"Thule members were the people to whom Hitler
first turned and who first allied themselves with Hitler."
The swastika flag adopted by the NSDAP was the brain-child of
another Thulist, Dr Krohn.
Its press organ was the Münchener Beobachter (Munich Observer) which
later became the Völkischer Beobachter (People's Observer). The
Society is known to be closely connected to the Germanenorden secret
The Germanenorden was a secret society in Germany early in the 20th
century. Formed by several prominent German occultists in 1912, the
order, whose symbol was a swastika, had a hierarchical fraternal
structure similar to freemasonry. It taught to its initiates
nationalist ideologies of nordic race superiority, antisemitism as
well as occult, almost magical philosophies.
Some say that the
Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei (later the Nazi Party) when under the
leadership of Adolf Hitler was a political front, and indeed the
organization reflected many ideologies of the party, including the
swastika symbol. The Thule Society, another secret society with
similar ideologies and symbols was also closely linked to this.
With the victory of the Nazi Party, the occult tradition was carried
on in the Third Reich mainly by the SS, who Reichsfuhrer, Himmler,
was an avid student of the occult. An SS occult research department,
the Ahnernerbe (Ancestral Heritage) was established in 1935 with SS
Colonel Wolfram von Sievers at its head. Occult research took SS
researchers as far afield as Tibet. Sievers had the Tantrik prayer,
the Bardo Thodol, read over his body after his execution at
National Socialism and the Third Reich represented a major attempt
by high esoteric Adepts to re-establish a Culture based on the Laws
of Nature, against the entrenched forces of anti-Life. Nothing that
ambitious had been tried since the founding of the American Republic
by Masonic adepts.
The Thule Society inner circle beliefs ...
Thule was a legendary island in the far north, similar to
supposedly the center of a lost, high-level civilization. But not
all secrets of that civilization had been completely wiped out.
Those that remained were being guarded by ancient, highly
intelligent beings (similar to the "Masters" of Theosophy or the
The truly initiated could establish contact with these beings by
means of magic-mystical rituals.
The "Masters" or "Ancients" allegedly would be able to endow the
initiated with supernatural strength and energy. With the help of
these energies the goal of the initiated was to create a race of
Supermen of "Aryan" stock who would exterminate all "inferior"
On April 6, 1919, in Bavaria, left wing socialists and anarchists
proclaimed the Bavarian Soviet Republic. The brains of the
revolution were a group of writers who had little idea of
administration. Life in Munich grew chaotic. The
counter-revolutionary forces, the whites, composed of various groups
of decommissioned soldiers known as "Frei Corps", equipped and
financed by the mysterious Thule Society, defeated the Bavarian
Soviet within a matter of weeks.
Many other decommissioned soldiers waited out the turbulence in
barracks, Adolph Hitler among them. After the Bavarian Republic
had been defeated by the Whites, in May, Hitler's superiors put him
to work in the post revolution investigating commission.
indictments injected ruthless efficiency into the kangaroo courts as
he fingered hundreds of noncommissioned officers and enlisted men
who had sympathized with the communist and anarchists. He was
subsequently sent to attend special anticommunist training courses
and seminars at the University which were financed by the Reichswehr
administration and by private donors from the Thule Society.
This led to an assignment in the intelligence division of the
postwar German army, to infiltrate groups that could organize the
working classes while the communists were weak. On a September
evening, 1919, Hitler turned up in the Sternecker Beer Hall where
members and friends of the budding German Workers Party had
gathered. He quietly listened to the presentation by engineer
Gottfried Feder, a Thule Society member, who talked about jewish
control over lending capital. When one of the other group members
called for Bavaria to break away from the rest of Germany, Hitler
sprang into action.
The astonished audience stood by while his
highly aggressive remarks and compelling oratory swept through the
room. After Hitler had finished his harangue, party chairman and
founder, Anton Drexler, immediately asked him to a meeting of the
party's steering committee held a few days later. He was asked to
join the committee as its seventh member, responsible for
advertising and propaganda.
Back in 1912, several German occultists with radical anti-semitic
inclinations decided to form a "magic" lodge, which they named the
Order of Teutons. the main founders were Theodor Fritsch, a
publisher of an anti-semitic journal; Philipp Stauff, pupil of the
racist Guido Von List, and Hermann Pohl, the order's chancellor.
(Pohl would drop out three years later to found his own bizarre
lodge, the Walvater Teutonic Order of the Holy Grail.)
The Order of Teutons was organized along the lines of the Free Masons or the
Rosicrucians, having differing degrees of initiation, only persons
who could fully document that they were of pure "aryan" ancestry
were allowed to join.
In 1915, Pohl was joined by Rudolf Blauer, who held a Turkish
passport and practiced sufi meditation. He also dabbled in astrology
and was an admirer of Lanz Von Liebenfels and Guido Von List, both
pathologically anti-semitic. Blauer went by the name of Rudolf Freiherr Von Seboottendorf. He was very wealthy, although the origin
of his fortune is unknown. He became the Grand Master of the
Bavarian Order and he founded the Thule Society, with Pohl's
approval, in 1918.
After the Bavarian communist revolution of 1918, the Thule Society
became a center of the counterrevolutionary subculture. An espionage
network and arms caches were organized. The Thule Club rooms became
a nest of resistance to the revolution and the Munich Soviet
Journalist Karl Harrer was given the job of founding a political
"worker circle". He realized that the workers would reject any
program that was presented to them by a member of the conservative
"privileged" class. Harrer knew that the mechanic Anton Drexler, who
was working for the railroads, was a well-known anti-semite,
chauvinist and proletarian. With Drexler as nominal chairman, Harrer
founded the German Workers Party in January 1919
The German Workers Party was only one of many associations founded
and controlled by the Thule Society. The Thule was the Mother to the
German Socialist Party, led by Julius Streicher, and the right-wing
radical Oberland Free Corps. It published the Munich observer, which
later became the National Observer.
Hitler became the most prominent
personality in the party. He caused Harrer to drop out, and he
pushed Drexler, the nominal chairman, to the sidelines. He filled
key positions with his own friends from the Thule Society and the
Army. During the summer of 1920, upon his suggestion, the party was
renamed the National Socialist German Worker Party (NASDAP). The new
name was intended to equally attract nationalists and proletarians.
To go along with the new name his mass movement also required a flag
with a powerful symbol. Among many designs under consideration,
Hitler picked the one suggested by Thule member Dr. Krohn: a red
cloth with a white circle in the middle containing a black swastika.
Hitler wanted to turn the German Workers Party into a mass-conscious
fighting party, but Harrer and Drexler were hesitant, due in part to
their woeful financial situation. The Thule Society was not yet
supplying very much money and no one seemed to know how to build up
a mass party. Hitler arranged two public meetings in obscure beer
halls, and he drafted leaflets and posters, but there was no real
All of this changed dramatically at the end of the 1919 when Hitler
met Dietrich Eckart.
Most biographers have underestimated the
influence that Eckart exerted on Hitler. He was the wealthy
publisher and editor-in-chief of an anti-semitic journal which he
called In Plain German. Eckart was also a committed occultist and a
master of magic. As an initiate, Eckart belonged to the inner circle
of the Thule Society as well as other esoteric orders.
There can be no doubt that Eckart - who had been alerted to Hitler
by other Thulists - trained Hitler in techniques of self confidence,
self projection, persuasive oratory, body language and discursive
sophistry. With these tools, in a short period of time he was able
to move the obscure workers party from the club and beer hall
atmosphere to a mass movement. The emotion charged lay speaker
became an expert orator, capable of mesmerizing a vast audience.
One should not underestimate occultism's influence on Hitler. His
subsequent rejection of Free Masons and esoteric movements, of
Theosophy, of Anthrosophy, does not necessarily mean otherwise.
Occult circles have long been known as covers for espionage and
influence peddling. Hitler's spy apparatus under Canaris and
Heydrich were well aware of these conduits, particularly from the
direction of Britain which had within its MI5 intelligence agency a
department known as the Occult Bureau.
That these potential sources
of trouble were purged from Nazi life should not be taken to mean
that Hitler and the Nazi secret societies were not influenced by
mystical and occult writers such as,
Although Hitler later denounced and ridiculed many of them, he did
dedicate his book Mein Kampf to his teacher Dietrich Eckart.
A frequent visitor to Landsberg Prison where Hitler was writing Mein
Kampf with the help of Rudolf Hess, was General Karl Haushofer, a
university professor and director of the Munich Institute of
Geopolitics. Haushofer, Hitler, and Hess had long conversations
together. Hess also kept records of these conversations. Hitler's
demands for German "Living Space" in the east at the expense of the
Slavic nations were based on the geopolitical theories of the
Haushofer was also inclined toward the esoteric. as military
in Japan, he had studied Zen-Buddhism. He had also gone through
initiations at the hands of Tibetan Lamas. He became Hitler's second
"esoteric mentor", replacing Dietrich Eckart. In Berlin, Haushofer
had founded the Luminous Lodge or
the Vril Society. The lodge's
objective was to explore the origins of the Aryan race and to
perform exercises in concentration to awaken the forces of "Vril".
Haushofer was a student of the Russian magician and metaphysician
Gregor Ivanovich Gurdyev (George Gurdjieff).
Both Gurdjeiff and Haushofer maintained that they had contacts with
secret Tibetan Lodges that possessed the secret of the "Superman".
The lodge included Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg, Himmler,
Hitler's subsequent personal physician Dr. Morell. It is also known
Aleister Crowley and Gurdjieff sought contact with Hitler.
Hitler's unusual powers of suggestion become more understandable if
one keeps in mind that he had access to the "secret" psychological
techniques of the esoteric lodges. Haushofer taught him the
techniques of Gurdjieff which, in turn, were based on the teachings
of the Sufis and the Tibetan Lamas - and familiarized him with the
Zen teaching of the Japanese Society of the Green Dragon.
In the latter half of the previous century, intriguing hints about
Tibetan secret teachings had been carried to the west by Helena Blavatsky, who claimed initiation at the hands of the Holy Lamas
Blavatsky taught that her Hidden Masters and Secret Chiefs had their
earthly residence in the Himalayan region.
As soon as the Nazi movement had sufficient funds, it began to
organize a number of expeditions to Tibet and these succeeded one
another practically without interruption until 1943. One of the most
tangible expressions of Nazi interest in Tibet was the party's
adoption of its deepest and most mystical of symbols - the swastika.
The swastika is one of mankind's oldest symbols, and apart from the
cross and the circle, probably the most widely distributed. It is
shown on pottery fragments from Greece dating back to the eighth
century BC. It was used in ancient Egypt, India and China. The
Navaho indians of North America have a traditional swastika pattern.
Arab-Islamic sorcerers used it. In more recent times, it was
incorporated in the flags of certain baltic states.
The idea for the use of the swastika by the Nazis came from a
dentist named Dr. Friedrich Krohn who was a member of the secret
Germanen order. Krohn produced the design for the actual form in
which the Nazis came to use the symbol, that is reversed, spinning
in an anti-clockwise direction. As a solar symbol, the swastika is
properly thought of as spinning, and the Buddhists have always
believed the symbol attracted luck.
The Sanskrit word svastika means good fortune and
According to Cabbalistic lore and occult
theory, chaotic force can be evoked by reversing the symbol.
And so the symbol appeared as the flag of Nazi Germany and the
insignia of the Nazi party, an indication for those who had eyes to
see, as to the occult nature of the Third Reich.