by Alan Baker
Excerpt from: Invisible Eagle - The History of Nazi Occultism
Throughout the post-war period, material has been added constantly to the sinister mythological system built around the idea that the Third Reich continues its activities in a hidden location.
This cabal of surviving Nazis is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Reich but more often as the 'Black Order'. Those who contend that such a concept can have no place in a rational person's world view are underestimating the subtle power exerted by the strange concepts contained within the field of popular occultism.
The British writer Joscelyn Godwin has produced a splendid, highly informative study of this field in his book Arktos The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism, and Nazi Survival, in which he maintains an admirably skeptical standpoint while acknowledging that the notions embodied in popular occultism must be treated with respect, if only for their powerful influence over the public mind.
He also includes a pertinent quote from the German Pastor Ekkehard Hieronimus regarding popular beliefs:
Godwin then wryly offers an example of a product of this 'subculture', a report from the 16 April 1991 issue of the London newspaper the Sun, that claims that the ruins of Atlantis have been discovered in the Arctic by a joint French-Soviet research expedition.
The 'proof is a photomontage of some Doric columns rising from an icy landscape. While the vast majority of people seeing this would probably think it interesting but almost certainly spurious, the idea is nevertheless firmly embedded in their unconscious.
As Godwin notes (and as we have discussed in earlier chapters), uncritical belief in the literal reality of certain occult concepts aided in no small degree the rise of National Socialism.
It is one thing for a collective attitude to admit the possibility
of visitation by alien spacecraft, or the existence of ghosts or
relict hominids such as Bigfoot, the Yeti and so on; it is quite
another to admit of the undying - perhaps supernatural - power of an
ideology that has already irreparably demeaned humanity and could
quite conceivably wreak havoc once again.
Gotzen gegen Thule is fundamentally an
adventure story that follows the exploits of two German airmen, Recke and Reimer (which Godwin translates as 'Brave Warrior' and
'Poet' respectively), who are sent to a secret German base in the
far north of Canada towards the end of the Second World War. This
base, known as Point 103, is a large underground facility possessing
highly advanced technology and supplied by powerful allies in the
United States. Its occupants constitute a force opposed to the Third
Reich, which is seen as a Satanic force.
Travel to and from this
remote and ultra-secret facility is by a highly advanced aircraft
called the V7, which is shaped like a sphere with a rotating
circular wing containing jet turbines. Interestingly enough, even
the responsible and sceptical Godwin is willing to concede that this
part of Landig's novel may well have a basis in fact (see Chapter
Godwin provides a summary of the Thulean philosophy:
Thereupon the warm climate of the secret
island of the Hyperboreans was suddenly replaced by bitter winter.
The primordial races of the Arctic and of the Nordic Atlantis both
lost their homes, and were forced to migrate southwards. Wherever
they settled - in Europe, Persia, India, and elsewhere - they tried
to remake their lost Paradise, and in their myths and legends
cherished the memory of it.
Landig himself identifies the legend of Thule (which in geographical terms is located close to Point 103) with that of the spiritual centre of the world, sometimes called Shambhala. The reader will recall Nicholas Roerich's encounter with a golden flying disc, described in Chapter Four, and how his guide stated that the UFO represented the beneficent influence of Rigden-Jyepo, the King of the World, who was watching over them.
Through another character, a French
collaborator named Belisse ('from Belisane, sun god of the Gauls'), Landig describes in elaborate detail the nature of this phenomenon,
which he calls 'Manisolas'. They are living, intelligent
bio-mechanical entities with a complex life cycle that begins as a
circle of light and continues through a metallic form before
reaching the reproductive stage. Through a regenerative process, a
new Manisola grows within the womb of the adult.
In the daytime they display an extremely
bright gold or silver luminescence, sometimes with traces of
rose-colored smoke which then often condense into grayish-white
trails. At night the disks shine in glowing or glossy colors,
showing on occasion long flames at the edges and red and blue
sparks, which can grow so strong as to wreathe them in fire. Most
remarkable is their power of reaction against pursuers, like that of
a rational creature, far exceeding any possible electronic
self-steering or radio control.
This energy is the fertilizing 'force-field of the Aryans', which is stolen by Hebrew magicians and stored in the Ark for their own anti-Aryan purposes. The international conspiracy against the Aryans is further defined when the characters travel to Tibet and meet another German, Juncker ('Aristocrat'), who tells them that the Asiatic peoples are waiting for a great warrior who will come from the subterranean realm of Agartha and lead them to domination of the world.
We then learn of the nature of 'Shambala' and 'Agartha', which is another perversion of Buddhist teaching, similar to that suggested by Ravenscroft in The Spear of Destiny (see Chapter Five). The central point of Gotzen gegen Thule is that the Third Reich arose with the assistance of the twin power centers of Agartha and Shambhala and was defeated when it succumbed to the materialistic attractions of Shambhala, thus destroying the balance between the two.
We can look again to Godwin for a good translation of Landig's original:
Then there is the second source: Agartha, the inner, underworld realm of contemplation and its energies. There too is a Lord and King of the World, who promises his domination. At the proper moment, this center will lead good men against the evil ones; and it is firmly connected with Brahytma, that is, God. And that is the king to serve, the one who will set up our empire and rule over the others
And behind these energies which manifest
themselves in Shambala stands the Caucasian, Stalin-Dugaschvili! He
knew everything, he knew the men of the circle in [the] Reich and he
played his own cards with them as if they were their own. Stalin-Dugaschvili
had the support of the Lord of Fear and Power against [the] Reich!
When they finally return to Germany, it becomes clear that they will probably never rejoin Point 103, which 'seems to have forgotten them: they ruefully admit ... that if it still exists, it has probably had to isolate itself completely from the world of today'.
Added to the weird flights of fancy, Gotzen gegen Thule contains several statements that mark it out as a work of pernicious historical revisionism, such as Juncker's claim that the bodies in the liberated concentration camps were actually those of Germans killed in Allied air raids on Munich.
Aside from this, the novel manages to weave together a wide variety of myths, all of which have come to be associated with the concept of Nazi survival: Nordic mythology, UFOs as man-made aircraft, the subterranean realms of Shambhala and Agartha, the Hollow Earth, the Holy Grail, and the international conspiracy to inaugurate a secret One-World Government.
While it might be expected that such a
ridiculous and (in its attempt at historical revisionism) morally
reprehensible tale would sink into a merciful literary oblivion, it
did nothing of the kind; instead, it entered the murky realm of the
cultural underground, where it was discovered by certain interested
parties who saw in it an opportunity to further their own agendas.
The possessor of a formidable intellect, Serrano wrote on a number of arcane subjects including Yoga, Tantra and other areas of mysticism, as well as a book on his friendships with Carl Jung and Hermann Hesse. He also travelled widely in search of wisdom in India, South America and Antarctica.
In 1984 he published a long explication of
his mystical and philosophical thought, entitled Adolf Hitler, el
Ultimo Avatara (Adolf Hitler, the Last Avatar), which he dedicates
To the glory of the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler'.
Serrano believes that Hitler himself is still alive, having escaped from the ruins of Berlin in one of the Nazi disc-planes, and is continuing to direct an Esoteric War from the safety of a secret realm at the South Pole.
The background to this scenario involves, once again, the legendary land of Hyperborea and its fabulous inhabitants, with further variations on the theme we have already discussed (see Chapter Two). According to Serrano, the Hyperboreans were originally from beyond our galaxy, arriving on Earth in remote antiquity.
Their existence has been suppressed by a
monumental conspiracy, which also seeks to misrepresent them as
physical 'aliens'; in fact, we only perceive them as 'flying
saucers' because we lack the perception to see them as they really
are. They founded the First Hyperborea here on Earth, a realm that
was not composed of mundane matter but which extended beyond the
physical plane of existence created and controlled by the Demiurge,
an inferior god whose first experiments in the creation of
intelligent life resulted in Neanderthal Man.
The war between the Hyperboreans and the
Demiurge resulted in the founding of a Second Hyperborea at the
North Pole, taking the form of a physical, circular continent from
which the Hyperboreans began to organize the spiritualization of the
Earth. This would be achieved through the instilling of a single
particle of immortality in the Neanderthals and other proto-humans,
which would raise them out of their semi-animal state.
Godwin quotes Serrano thus:
The Jewish people are seen by Serrano as the instruments of the Demiurge (whom he identifies with Jehovah).
They constitute an
'anti-race' that is engaged in a gigantic conspiracy involving all
the world's institutions, the undeclared enemies of Hyperborean
ideals. These ideals gave rise to the Thule Society, which Serrano
claims had links with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn but 'was
perverted by the degeneracy of
Aleister Crowley and the Jewish Bergsons'.
Indeed, during the Second World War, the Nazis were
allegedly concentrating on the perfection of 'magical realism',
including the development of disc-planes, establishing contact with
ascended Masters in Tibet and dematerialization. Hitler himself did
not commit suicide but escaped through an underground passage,
designed by Albert Speer, connecting the Bunker with Tempelhof
Airfield where he boarded one of the disc-planes and left the ruins
of the Third Reich behind.
Serrano believes that the Hollow Earth is still inhabited by the First Hyperboreans and that the Nazis found a way through to their realm via the South Pole, a belief shared (apparently) by the French writer Jean Robin - although it must be added that Robin is no denier of the Holocaust.
In 1989, Robin published his Operation Orth, which offers the account, supposedly given to Robin by a friend, of a journey to a subterranean complex made aboard a flying saucer that could pass through solid rock.
The underground city was near the Chilean coastal city of Valparaiso, north of Santiago; it had a population of some 350,000, all of whom were members of the Black Order and some of whom were Jews who blamed 'their fellows for their "refusal to collaborate" with the evolutionary process'.
Robin's story differs from other Nazi-survival myths in that Hitler died in this new Agartha in 1953 and his body was placed in a transparent, hexagonal casket. Rather astonishingly, this casket also contained the body of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Jews from the concentration camps and who mysteriously disappeared at the end of the war.
Godwin is justifiably nonplussed by this: