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The Occult History of the Third Reich

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.


Adolf Hitler Was Not A Christian

One of the most ignorant and evil lies that pervades social media is “Hitler was a Christian.” As if he got down on his knees every night to worship a Jew.

Nazism was a marriage of Socialism, Science, and the Occult. Adolf Hitler knew that National Socialism could not coexist with Christianity. He imprisoned or executed more than a third of the Christian ministers in Germany. A new Paganism took over, and even laws and judges become anti-Christian.

Nazi Germany was the most educated, progressive, scientifically advanced nation on Earth. We see many parallels with the American Left today: Both accept socialism, especially socialized medical care; took prayer out of schools; renamed Christmas and Easter in schools; made abortion acceptable; began to raise children in daycare; built gigantic bureaucracies to command every nook and cranny of everyday life; spent money like crazy people; banned private ownership of guns; instituted Political Correctness; applauded a rise in perversion, immorality, and crime; and remade schools into indoctrination centers.


Hitler Was A Satanist

Hitler was a Satanist in full bloom. Just listen to his voice and tell me it was not demonic. It is known he had many books on the Occult, in one of which he highlighted this sentence: "He who does not have the demonic seed within himself will never give birth to a magical world.”

But let’s go back a few years to Guido von List, the clairvoyant Armanenschaft Occultist who wanted to revive ancient German Paganism under the demon god Wotan. In 1908, the List Society was formed in Vienna. List introduced Occult Runes, one of which would become the ‘Seig’ for Hitler Youth—and the Double Seig for the Mystical Brotherhood of the SS, those jackbooted goose-steppers.

His plan included Christian crosses being pulled up from graveyards around Germany to be replaced by the pagan ‘Man Rune of Death.’ In World War One, German soldiers sought protection from charms, amulets, and talismans, such as the Swastika. The last Russian Empress, who was German, the one involved with Rasputin, also liked to wear Swastikas.

Hitler, who idolized List, sought to revive Paganism throughout Europe as an occult religion featuring ritual magic and sexual perversion, with the Swastika as its symbol—replacing the Christian Cross. Another founder of the Nazi Party was dedicated Satanist Dietrich Eckhart, who said he was in direct communication with Satan through séances and declared that Adolf Hitler was the Antichrist.

Karl Haushofer became Hitler’s spiritual mentor, as well as introducing him to sadomasochism and other perversions. Together they planned a new occult religion complete with Astrology, clairvoyance, telepathy, hypnotism, and Yoga, with Hitler as the new messiah.

Hitler vowed to follow Satan while standing before the Holy Lance (or Spear of Destiny) in Vienna in 1912. Part of his occult beliefs included reincarnation, as he claimed to be the reincarnation of Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar, a habitual sodomizer.

Guido Von List

Guido Von List

The Death Rune of German Paganism

The Death Rune of German Paganism

Karl Haushofer

Karl Haushofer

The SS and the Swastika

Let’s take a closer look at the SS, which was obsessed with secrecy. The forerunner of the SS was the Order of the New Templars, a new occult religion, heavily into reincarnation, among other things. The Swastika was first used in Germany by this satanic cult, which published a magazine called Ostara, the name of an old German pagan goddess.

Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels, a well-known Occultist who influenced Hitler, founded the cult in 1907. The potent occult symbol of the Swastika—the ancient Druids in Britain had used it—was adopted by the National Socialists (NAZIs) in 1920, its final design created by the artist Adolf Hitler.

When Germany began its descent into poverty and misery in the 1920s, the Germans began to look for an earthly Savior. One organization to which they turned was the Thule Society, formed in 1918 by Alfred Rosenberg, dedicated to the teachings of Guido von List. Part of its mission was to declare Socialism as the political and economic system for Germany, the Swastika as its symbol, and ancient pagan rituals their means of devotion.

Strange rituals and beliefs would begin to mesmerize the German people. At one rally there were 37,000 Swastikas displayed for the new messiah, Adolf Hitler. Such mass rallies were religious and mystical, designed to promote worship in a new faith. All of these Pagans lamented that Christianity had forced the Occult underground, where it had been kept alive by secret organizations such as the Rosicrucian Order.

Ostara Magazine

Ostara Magazine

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The God of the Third Reich, Wotan

The God of the Third Reich, Wotan

The Third Reich Was a Revival of Paganism

The Swastika was to replace the Christian Cross, as the Nazis believed Darwinism would replace Christianity. According to this view, in tune with the ‘survival of the fittest,’ only the strong would survive and for Hitler that meant the Aryan Race, the most highly evolved race, which would eventually evolve into new men that would forge a new world—by extinguishing or enslaving all others.

The ‘sacred mystery of the Swastika’ was said to be the symbol of Darwinism and Darwinist Genetics. Hitler sought to launch a new religion of secret demonic knowledge. He wanted to “wash off the Christian” and promote the doctrines of the Devil.

Before the rise of Hitler, the personal guru of Kaiser Wilhelm had been a Satanist named Houston Chamberlain. Chamberlain claimed that his writings were written by demons while he was in a trance. He also said he saw the demons that inspired him. He wrote what demons told him to write, in the grip of a horrible fever.

Later, Chamberlain would say he did not recognize any of the ideas of which he had written. A huge fan of his was the young Adolf Hitler, who also mentions the Theory of Evolution over and over again in his manifesto Mein Kampf. Hitler considered himself the superman that Nietzsche hoped would arise.

Houston Chamberlain was then the ‘spiritual founder’ of the Third Reich. Disillusioned with Christianity, he felt the German People must return to Paganism and that it was their destiny to conquer the whole planet. Jesus was out because He was a Jew. And Christianity was a Jewish plot.

Houston Chamberlain

Houston Chamberlain

The Spirit of the Antichrist

The National Socialists were the most progressive and scientific rulers in world history. Just like today’s leftists in America, Hitler tried to eradicate any influence of Christianity in public affairs. The Nazis renamed Christmas ‘Winter Solstice’ and Easter ‘Spring Holiday,’ as well as creating state child dedications to replace Christian baptism, and state marriages to replace church marriages.

Hitler banned prayer in schools and substituted teaching National Socialism for teaching Christianity. Soon enough, nativity scenes and Christmas carols were also banned from schools, and crucifixes were removed from classrooms with Swastikas put in their place. He also began using CE and BCE instead of BC (Before Christ) and AD (In the Year of Our Lord) to avoid reference to Jesus Christ, an idea pushed by the Left today.

Many other Nazis were devout Satanists, including Hess, Himmler, and Goebbels. Some Americans today embrace New Age Religion, which is just like Hitler's occultism. Hitler said: "One can is either a Christian or a German. You can't be both."

Late in the 1930s, he prohibited the printing and distribution of the Holy Bible and demanded that crosses, Bibles, and paintings of saints be removed from churches to be replaced with Mein Kampf and Swastikas.

Public display of Christian art was outlawed, and no newspapers were allowed to print articles from a Christian point of view. A 1941 National Socialist statement says: "The State excludes the Church from everything which it considers as belonging to the political sphere. At the same time, the Church is expected to shrivel to nothing." God the Creator had to be banished to make way for National Socialism.

For the Hitler Youth, the Gospel was thrown out and replaced by Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf. New rituals were designed to take the place of Christian liturgy.

By 1939, it was against the law for children’s books to mention angels, Christ or Christmas. Instead, they were embedded with Paganism. The Summer Solstice was named an official holy day. With the consecration of the Blood Flag, there was to be no God but Germany.

Hitler Youth

Hitler Youth

Hitler Hated Christianity

What did Hitler say about Christianity? Here are some quotes from his lips:

"The reason why the ancient world was so pure, light and serene was that it knew nothing of the two great scourges: the pox and Christianity!”

“Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless. Hans Kerrl, with the noblest of intentions, wanted to attempt a synthesis between National Socialism and Christianity. I don't believe the thing's possible, and I see the obstacle in Christianity itself.”

“Our epoch will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity. It will last another hundred years, two hundred years perhaps.”

“The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity's illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity.”

“So it's not opportune to hurl ourselves now into a struggle with the Churches. A slow death has something comforting about it. The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science. Religion will have to make more and more concessions. Gradually the myths crumble. All that's left is to prove that in nature there is no frontier between the organic and the inorganic. When understanding of the universe has become widespread when the majority of men know that the stars are not sources of light but worlds, perhaps inhabited worlds like ours, then the Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity."

Before the National Socialists came to power, Hitler described himself to Martin Niemoller as "Pagan to the core."

In 1938, Hitler said: "Our whole deformity and atrophy of spirit and soul would never have come into being except for this oriental mummery, this abominable leveling mania, this cursed universality of Christianity."

Virtually every other Nazi leader – Hess, Goering, Himmler, Goebbels, Rosenberg, von Schirach, Streicher, and Bormann – expressed a profound disdain and hatred for Christianity.

The National Socialists made it a violation of the law to give your child a name from the Bible or the name of a Christian Saint. A new calendar came out that deleted all reference to Christianity.


Only Christians Stood Up Against The Nazis

Christians courageously stood up to the National Socialists, and against their persecution of Jews, which was gratefully acknowledged by Jewish leaders. In 1934, Rabbi Stephen Wise declared: "Hitlerism challenges civilization insofar as it is in truth the substitution of a new Paganism, the Paganism over which Christianity once triumphed, for Christianity itself. I thank God that in America and England above all and in other lands as well, the voices of Christians have been heard in protest against the unutterable wrongs of Hitlerism against the Jewish people."

In 1938, Rabbi Morris Lazaron wrote: "Never in history has organized Protestantism throughout the world bestirred itself so in defense of the Jew and to protect the Jew. More Catholic leaders than ever before have lifted their voices in condemnation of the racial fixation that dictators have used to bait the Jew. No more glorious page is being written in Christian history than that which Christianity is writing in Germany today. Christianity may yet be the rock on which the German dictatorship will destroy itself."

Albert Einstein, during the war, said: "Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom."



Naziism Was Founded Upon Darwinism

Wagner’s opera Parsifal imagined an Aryan Messiah, and this idea became the center of Hitler's new religion. Karl Haushofer taught this view to Rudolph Hess. And Fritz Lentz came up with the concept of Racial Hygiene from the Eugenics of Darwin. It was his idea to boycott Jewish businesses, to exclude Jews from the Civil Service, to remove Jews from teaching positions in universities, and to expel Jews from economic and cultural life—just like the American Left wants to do to Christians today.

Just ask Secular Humanists (Atheist Socialists) if they would like to live in a world without Christians and most will say, "Yes!" They despise Christians just as National Socialists hated Jews.

The next big idea was euthanasia for handicapped children, followed by the same program for the mentally ill, and those retarded or deformed—those whose cost to society was too high. It was decided that 10% of the population was feebleminded or deficient in some way.

Hitler said, "Man is becoming God," a sentiment shared by many Atheists today. To create Mankind anew, the Nazis figured they must kill the most talented non-Germans and enslave the rest, particularly the Slavs. Inmates of psychiatric hospitals were lined up and shot (the T4 Program). They euthanized the elderly in retirement homes and decided to kill those too sick to work.

Darwinism had undercut over a thousand years of belief in Christ among the German people, including the Christian dogma that all men are God’s children. It was Darwinism that spawned Eugenics—the breeding of human beings to produce a better race.

For Eugenics to accomplish its goal, they had to stop promoting Christian Charity for the weak. Darwin had said that no one was stupid enough to allow the worst domesticated animals to breed. Based on these same ideas, Maury Stokes had founded Planned Parenthood of Britain in 1918.

The Castle of Wewelsburg was the Spiritual Center for the Pagan Cult of the SS

The Castle of Wewelsburg was the Spiritual Center for the Pagan Cult of the SS

SS Death's Head Cult Rings

SS Death's Head Cult Rings

Lebensborn Breeders

Lebensborn Breeders

Nazism was Socialism, Eugenics, and the Occult

Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels would combine these concepts, including Science, Eugenics, Socialism, and the Occult, along with ‘Selective Breeding’ and create a new occult religion—Theozoology.

According to his views, which the National Socialists latched onto, no individuals are equal, no families are equal, and no races are equal—in intelligence, productivity, morals, or criminality. Logically then, the human race would be better off without the lower races, and they could be bred out.

When breeding them out began to look like it would take too long, the idea of exterminating them came to the fore. At the least, the unfit should be sterilized, they believed. The Race and Resettlement Bureau was created to help. Positive Eugenics was also implemented, that is, the selection of ‘brood mothers.’

Adolf Hitler was an avid collector of Ostara, in the pages of which all of these ideas blossomed. Hitler fervently agreed with Charles Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton about Eugenics, based on the idea that inferior types have more children and so the state must step in to control human breeding, especially by excluding alcoholics and the insane from having children.

America had led the way in eugenics and forced sterilizations at first. The Germans studied and approved of the American program. Most folks seemed to agree that it was a disgrace for the deficient to selfishly breed, because the wants of deficient individuals should count for nothing compared to the needs of the human race and the state. Himmler was obsessed with all of this. The Germans forcibly sterilized 400,000 persons, and marriage was forbidden to any who were diseased.

The clairvoyant Karl Maria Wiligut made the Castle of Wewelsburg the spiritual center for the Pagan Cult of the SS. The SS-TVVT and Death’s Head units were formed to quarantine Jews, social misfits, dissidents, and perverts in concentration camps, along with priests and ministers targeted for execution.

Abortion was strongly encouraged for all non-Aryans but illegal for Aryans. At Lebensborn, they launched the Spring of Life program to breed super-babies. All of these tactics were to speed up Natural Selection and Evolution.

So, the next time some imbecile tries to tell you “Hitler was a Christian,” just steer them right over here to set them straight.

My primary source for this article was the documentary film The Occult History of the Third Reich by Dave Flitton, whose facts I double-checked using the Internet.



James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 28, 2020:

Samuel777 ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your point of view. Your comment was sent into the Spam Folder by my publisher because of all the outbound links.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2020:

Awdur ~ Thank you very much for coming over to read my piece. I am glad you approve of my work.

Awdur from Chicago on February 07, 2020:

Captivating read..... Hitler was the epitome of evil. I love the quote from Einstein.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2020:

Polititude ~ You are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my writings. Your awesome accolades on my work is well received, I assure you.

While Stalin proclaimed official Atheism in the USSR, of course, he turned a blind eye to limited religious activities in the six Muslim republics. Mosques operated in large cities within these territories, though the number decreased dramatically from 25,000 in 1917 to 500 in the 1970s.

China has long had an official policy of stamping out all religions. Japan simply will not allow Muslims to move onto its lands at all. Problem solved.

Mussolini was an Atheist but he definitely saw the Muslims as his allies against the Church, much as the American Left does today. Mussolini built mosques and restored old historic mosques and even established Koranic schools, all with the money of Italian taxpayers, even while Muslims promised their people they would one day conquer Rome. Mussolini also set up service facilities for the pilgrims going to Mecca. The Muslims loved Mussolini, and in 1937 in a show of appreciation gave him the Sword of Islam in lavish ceremony in Libya.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2020:

Pamela Oglesby ~ Thank you so much for reading my latest article. The Third Reich certainly saw Christianity as an enemy to be vanquished. They couldn’t come right out and say that in their public speeches because it would have turned off too many Germans. The American Left is much the same way today. It is saturated with Atheism but goes to great lengths not to broadcast that on the campaign trail.

I appreciate your kind compliments and thoughtful comments.

Politude (PT) on February 03, 2020:


Your articles are always interesting, factual, and well researched, and I want you to know that is my opinion.

I mention it because many times, I focus on my comment about your article, but you should know that my opinion is the same. If there is a difference on a particular article, then I would point that out as a matter of discussion.

I am also interested in your opinion even on things that you disagree with my comment. Hopefully, my opinions improve with feedback.

The last part of your comment was something I didn't have any knowledge.

"It is also largely forgotten today that the Muslim World sided with the Third Reich in WW2."

Do you have any information on how Stalin, Mussolini, China and Japan would or wouldn't align with the Muslims?


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 03, 2020:

This is another well-reserched, well-written article about the occult history of the Third Reich. I have read a couple of aticles recently about how evil they were and to exterminate children with a disability is so horrible.

I didn't realize Planned Parenthood was conceived with that kind of thinking. I learned several things by reading this article and it sure is a sad time of history in our world. I think Christianity was almost scary to them as they worked so hard to eliminate it.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2020:

Devika Primić ~ Thank you for reading my writings! You are surely right that there is an evil stalking the world. And it was very bad during the days of the Third Reich.

You know, 120 years ago the Left predicted that the human race would finally build Utopia soon, because we had now thrown off the "superstition" of Christianity, and science was leading us to the promise land - particularly social science, or scientific socialism. Their predictions were so wrong and it such an awful way.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2020:

MG Singh ~ Thank you for reading my article. I am glad you liked it and I appreciate your comments. My understanding is that Hitler and the Muslims were allies. They both had the same goal: To get rid of the Jews.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 03, 2020:

Hi James interesting information about Hitler here. A subject that should get the attention of most readers. Religion, and politics one of the most controversial topics and always a lot to add to it. In my opinion most of the world has experienced a lot of bad lately and in the time of Hitler sounds a terrible time as well.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 02, 2020:

An article with a lot of research. I liked it but we can't take a simplistic view of Hitler. He was also God's creation and luckily he never had to face a resurgent Islam. I wonder how he would have reacted.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 02, 2020:

Polititude ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my work. I appreciate your kind compliments on my writing.

I am totally on board with your comments: “The left today is one of tearing down the US Constitution, including trying to remove a sitting president that stands in their way of dominating the US … their actions have been pure evil.”

I also agree with you that “President Trump is such a threat to the left. He stands in their way of continuing the progressive domino that started its fall this century. Trump is figuratively holding the fallen political dominoes to stop in their tracks."

And you are spot on with “The left uses the art of projection to smear President Trump and his supporters. They project what they are doing and label him as if he is doing it.”

It is also largely forgotten today that the Muslim World sided with the Third Reich in WW2.

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