weird war 2
The SS and the Occult
Adolf Hitler appointed Heinrich Himmler to head the Schutzstaffel, more widely known as the SS. The SS was Hitler’s personal guard, formed out of the SA (Sturmabteilung- stormtroopers, the infamous Brown Shirts). The SS was loyal to Hitler rather than Germany itself, and that was exactly what Hitler and Himmler wanted.
Himmler took the concept one step further, intending to use the SS as a tool to replace traditional loyalties to family and country with unquestioning loyalty to the Nazi Party. Ultimately, Himmler’s interest in the occult led him to attempt to supplant Christianity in Germany with Thule-inspired neo-paganism.
Like Hitler, Himmler was convinced that if the secrets of the ancient Thule could be found and unlocked, not only would it prove the Nazi claim to superiority, it would give them power to sweep aside any and all who disagreed. Himmler delved deep into occult lore, coming to understand theories of ritual magic, conjuration, ley lines, and other occult practices. The Thule knew of these things, Himmler surmised, and Hitler commanded him to discover and put them to use for the Reich.