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New Religions and the Nazis - Karla Poewe

New Religions and the Nazis

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This book sheds light on an important but neglected part of Nazi history - the contribution of new religions to the emergence of Nazi ideology in 1920s and 1930s Germany.

Post -World War I conditions threw Germans into major turmoil. The loss of the war, the Weimar Republic and the punitive Treaty of Versailles all caused widespread discontent and resentment. As a result Germans generally and intellectuals specifically took political, paramilitary, and religious matters into their own hands to achieve national regeneration. Taken together such cultural figures as Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, Mathilde Ludendorff, Ernst Bergmann, Hans F.K. Gunther, and nationalist writers like Hans Grimm created a mind-set that swept across Germany like a tidal wave. By fusing politics, religion, theology, Indo-Aryan metaphysics, literature and Darwinian science they intended to craft a new, genuinely German faith-based political community. What emerged instead was an anti-Semitic totalitarian political regime known as National Socialism. Looking at modern paganism as well as the established Church, Karla Poewe reveals that the new religions founded in the pre-Nazi and Nazi years, especially Jakob Hauer's German Faith Movement, present a model for how German fascism distilled aspects of religious doctrine into political extremism.

New Religions and the Nazis addresses one of the most important questions of the twentieth century - how and why did Germans come to embrace National Socialism? Researched from original documents, letters and unpublished papers, including the SS personnel files held in the German Federal Archives, it is an absorbing and fresh approach to the difficulties raised by this deeply significant period of history.

List of illustrationsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. viii
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
An overviewp. 18
Hauer and the Bunde: becoming a National Socialistp. 35
The push toward Nazism: youths and leadersp. 50
Hauer's view of religionp. 62
The Germanic-deutsch leg of Hauer's German Faithp. 84
Organizational help from Wehrwolf and the SSp. 96
Hauer and the war of attrition against Christianityp. 111
Werner Best: Hauer's contact in the SSp. 128
The faith of the Nationalists: narrative and the Third Reichp. 141
Scientific neo-paganism and the extreme Right then and todayp. 157
Conclusionp. 172
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780415290258
ISBN-10: 0415290252
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 29th November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1