1st Edition

Nazi Occultism Between the SS and Esotericism

By Stéphane François Copyright 2023
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    Nazi Occultism provides a serious scholarly study of a topic that is often marred by sensationalism and misinformation.

    The Morning of the Magicians by Pauwels and Bergier (1960) gave rise to the idea that a secret society with wide powers, the "Thule society", was the hidden and ignored centre of Nazism. The influence of this very real small group is, however, only a fantasy, a myth. The author, a historian specializing in neo-Nazism, looks back on this speculative construction, its origins, its ideological tinkering and the practices which have succeeded in forming a sort of radical and sulphurous counterculture which has created a fascination with esotericism and Nazism and the SS. To better understand it, he also paints a portrait of some of the authors who contributed to this extremist subculture, such as the Italian esotericist Julius Evola, the Argentine anthropologist Jacques-Marie de Mahieu, Chilean neo-Nazi Miguel Serrano, and the writer Jean-Paul Bourre.

    This book will appeal to scholars, researchers and activists as well as general readers with an interest in the history of Nazism and the occult.


    Part 1 – Studies

    1. The esoteric origins of Mein Kampf: Myths and realities

    2. Nazi esotericism: Between völkisch thought and fantasy

    3. Neopaganism and Nazism

    4. The ‘mysterious history’ and the French extreme right

    Part 2 – Portraits

    5. Evolian anthropology, the ‘spirit of the race’ and Judaism

    6. Jacques de Mahieu: Between biological racism and the ‘mysterious history’

    7. Miguel Serrano: A Chilean neo-nazi between diplomacy and racial occultism

    8. Counter-culture and ‘nazi esotericism’: The Thulean cycle of Wilhelm Landig

    9. Between freak thinking and an identitarian world view: The writer Jean-Paul Bourre

    10. Michael Moynihan and the Wulfing Kindred



    Stéphane François is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Mons, Belgium. He is also an associate member of the CNRS, France, and a researcher in the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (Societies, Religions, Secularism Group).