Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult by Peter Levenda 2019
About the Author
Peter Levenda is a well-known author of many published works on esoteric subjects. Unholy Alliance was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for nonfiction in 1995. Ratline and The Hitler Legacy round out this important trilogy of Nazi history. Levenda is also the author Tantric Temples and The Dark Lord. Visit him at peterlevenda.com.
About the Book
In June of 1979, Peter Levenda flew to Chile―then under martial law―to investigate claims that a mysterious colony and torture center in the Andes Mountains held a key to the relationship between Nazi ideology and its post-war survival on the one hand, and occult ideas and practices on the other. He was detained there briefly and released with a warning: “You are not welcome in this country.” The people who warned him were not Chileans but Germans, not government officials but agents of the assassination network Operation Condor. They were also Nazis, providing a sanctuary for men like Josef Mengele, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, and Otto Skorzeny. In other words: ODESSA.
Published in 1995, Unholy Alliance was the first book in English on the subject of Nazi occultism to be based on the captured Nazi archives themselves, as well as on the author’s personal investigations and interviews, often conducted under dangerous conditions. The book attracted the attention of historians and journalists the world over and has been translated into six languages. A later edition boasts the famous foreword by Norman Mailer.
How did occultism come to play such an important role in the development of Nazi political ideology? What influence did such German and Austrian occult leaders as Lanz von Liebenfels and Guido von List have over the fledgling Nazi party? What was the Thule Gesellschaft, and who was its creator, Baron von Sebottendorf? Did the Nazi high command really believe in occultism? In astrology? In magic and reincarnation?
This is a new and expanded edition of the original text, with much additional information on the rise of extremist groups in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States and the esoteric beliefs that are at their foundations. It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Ratline and The Hitler Legacy. This is where it all began.
Summary of Preface (partial)
The ending of this book’s final chapter, the quotation from Charles Manson that America’s children were “coming right at you,” came hideously to life with the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 in which children slaughtered their classmates with firearms. These same children had idolized the Nazis, and had selected Hitler’s birthday as the day to launch their sickening offensive.
Chilean government forces have raided Colonia Dignidad several times in their efforts to arrest its founder, former Luftwaffe pilot Paul Schäfer, and bring him to justice. Malcolm MacDowell was invited to Germany for a television documentary on evil. Faces of Evil was aired on the TNT network during sweeps week in April, 2000.
The X-Files, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch have come back in vogue in America and in many other parts of the world. Harry Potter became a record-breaker at the box office, just as it was condemned in some circles as encouraging children in the practices of magic and diverting them from organized religion.
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