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Nazi Occultism
Between the SS and Esotericism

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ISBN 9781032234731
March 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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Stéphane François is an associate member of the CNRS, France, and a researcher in the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (Societies, Religions, Secularism Group).