Esoteric Nazism

A fringe ideology combining Nazi doctrines with occult and mystical elements.

Esoteric Nazism, also known as Nazi mysticism, is a set of ideologies that combine elements of Nazism with various occult and mystical beliefs and practices. This syncretic movement is not mainstream and represents a fringe element within neo-Nazi and other far-right groups. It is characterized by its unusual fusion of Aryan supremacist ideology with esoteric and occult themes.

Origins and Evolution

The roots of Esoteric Nazism can be traced back to the early 20th century, particularly to the völkisch movement in Germany. This movement emphasized Germanic folklore, mysticism, and a romanticized idea of a “pure” German past. In the years leading up to World War II, some elements within the Nazi Party, most notably Heinrich Himmler and the SS, showed interest in occultism, including runic symbolism, the Holy Grail, and various forms of divination and prophecy.

Post-World War II, Esoteric Nazism evolved into a more defined ideological movement, influenced by figures like Savitri Devi and Miguel Serrano. Devi, a Greek-French writer, was a proponent of a form of Hinduism that she believed supported Aryan racial theories. She regarded Adolf Hitler as an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu and an agent of cosmic justice. Miguel Serrano, a Chilean diplomat and writer, developed the idea of Esoteric Hitlerism, which posited Hitler as a mythological and divine figure and fused Nazi ideology with Hindu and Buddhist concepts, as well as with Jungian psychology.

Beliefs and Practices

The beliefs of Esoteric Nazism are varied and often borrow from a wide range of mystical and esoteric traditions. Common elements include:

  • Aryanism and Racial Purity: A central tenet, inherited from traditional Nazi ideology, is the belief in the supremacy of the Aryan race and the necessity of maintaining its purity.
  • Occult Symbolism: The use of runes, swastikas, and other symbols believed to possess mystical powers and Aryan significance.
  • Cosmic and Mythological Narratives: Many adherents subscribe to elaborate mythological narratives that cast Hitler and the Nazi regime in a cosmic or supernatural light.
  • Reincarnation and Transmigration of Souls: Some believe in the reincarnation of Aryan souls and the eventual return of Hitler.
  • Anti-Semitism and Conspiracy Theories: Like mainstream Nazism, Esoteric Nazism is often inherently anti-Semitic, with a belief in global Jewish conspiracies.

Criticism and Controversy

Esoteric Nazism is widely criticized and rejected, not only for its promotion of Nazi ideology but also for its distortion and appropriation of religious and esoteric traditions. It is seen as a dangerous fringe belief system that seeks to reframe and mystify the brutal realities of the Nazi regime.

Influence and Modern Manifestations

The influence of Esoteric Nazism can be seen in certain neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and far-right groups. These groups sometimes incorporate esoteric and occult elements into their propaganda and rituals. The internet and social media have allowed for the spread of Esoteric Nazi ideas, which can sometimes be found in online forums and websites dedicated to neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideologies.