Hitler and the Occult
Woven all through the Nazi Party history, and the rise of Hitler to power, are racist occult principles. Certain writers and groups in Austria and Germany developed ideas of the Aryian race, rewriting history to say the Aryian's were Nordic (rather than Persian), for example. Hitler became deeply steeped in that information, and took on a sacred mission in which the Germanic Peoples (designated as a Noble Race) would forge itself in the fire of war into the Superior Race. Part of that meant fulfilling the role of Noble Races, by conquering and suppressing designated weaker or demonic races, such as the Jews. They were fanatics who rewrote history, believed in pseudo-science, ethnic lies, and the legend of a Master Race. A big flaw of this movie, however, is that it's full of experts from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. While that group has done a wonderful job of documenting Germany's atrocities against the Jews, they do have a vested interest in spinning history to serve their needs. The mass murder of Jews during WWII is hardly the only time mass murder has been perpetrated. Mass murder has occurred plenty of other times against other cultures -- for example the Turkish genocide of the Armenians in the early 1900's.
Nazi Germany, borne from a rise of a certain breed of occult teaching. It saw the rise of a super-race, and peril from the other races. "Fanatics who rewrote history, and invented science." When Hitler siezed power in Nazi Germany, the Occult group(s) followed him right into power.
Himmler believed he was an Ancient King reincarnated.
Hitler believed he had a special destiny. An example is a story he tells from his time as a soldier in World War 1. Britain's highest-decorated soldier, Private Tandy, was a one-man-killing-machine. Hitler claimed to have faced him in a certain battle, but Tandy decided to let Hitler live. Historians say Hitler never fought in the battle in question, but Hitler used that story and others to portray himself as special and destined to greatness.
The Nazi's launched a mad quest to remake the world based on German Supremacy. That Supremacy was based on phony history, pseudo-science, ethnic lies and the legend of a Master Race.
One source is the writings of a Russian living in Great Britain, Helena Blavatsky. In 1000 pages she rewrites the history of the world, from the Creation to the Present. Her story is based on writings from ancient Babylon and ancient Egypt.
According to Blavatsky, a race of giant supermen lived on Atlantis and were the origin of the Aryian race.
In that time period, "Spiritualism" was very popular and included beliefs in contacting the dead. Blavatsky was very popular. Then an Austrian writer, occultist, Guido von Liszt, picked up on Blavatsky's story of the ancient Aryians, and Germanizes it. The Master Race becomes identified with German Mastery, translating the Aryians from Persia to Germany. The authentic expression of Aryianism is the Nordic people. To support the theory, von Liszt latched onto ancient Norse rune writing.
Having identified that the Germanic/Nordic peoples are the Master Race, they needed an Enemy. The enemy was supplied by a priest, Georg von Libenfelds. He decided that all of history could be explained by Noble Races having to conquer and suppress lower "demonic" races. He begins publishing a magazine full of information warning that the Germanic races must prepare for battle against the lower races, especially the Jews.
The lower races have an insidious effect on the higher races - by interbreeding, they're weakening those higher races.
His solution? Exterminating the lower races by sterilization and castration.
Adolf Hitler was an avid reader of these writings. He took with him from Vienna to Germany what he learned from these racist occultists.
When Germany lost WWI, they felt as if there'd been a betrayal. Supposedly they were winning and should have won the war, but some agency caused the Germans to fail. The population latched onto two groups, the Socialists and the Jews.
One locus of this was the Thule Society, a debate group that focused on those issues. The Thule Society became the cradle of the Nazi Party. In 1919 the forerunner of the Nazi Party, the German Workers Party, was formed by a member of the Thule Society. An embittered German Soldier, Adolf Hitler, was sent to the meetings by the Military in order to spy on the group. But, he hears in the meetings compatriots and joins with them rather than spies on them. Soon afterword the group is renamed to German Socialist National Workers Party. Nazi for short.
Dietrich Eckhart became Hitler's mentor within the Nazi party. Adolf drank deeply from the well of racist occultism taught by Eckhart.
Economic policies of the German Government play a role. In the mid-20's Germany began printing money prodigiously in order to pay off the war reparations. That ignites a wave of hyper-inflation and those iconic images of people pushing wheelbarrow's full of money just to buy a loaf of bread. Hitler siezes on the situation to gain political fame. In 1923 he inspired about 2000 men to join him in a Coup attempt that simply turned into a drunken brawl.
Hitler ended up in Jail, and while in jail he wrote Mein Kampf. When free'd from prison he went right back to organizing the Nazi Party.
It wasn't until the Great Depression that the Nazi Party was able to begin gathering large number of members. By 1930 they're taking a significant role in German politics.
But then things went wrong and Hitler nearly took suicide. An astrology reading said that Hitler should get a mandrake root from his home town, which the astrologer went to fetch. He also predicted that in 30 days Hitler would gain great political power. To the day he was elected Chancelor of Germany. Within a couple years the President of Germany died, and Hitler was elected to that post and became the supreme leader.
As Hitler rose into power, he turned on the occultists (and others) who'd helped him. Publicly he denounced occultism and astrologers, but within his inner circle were many occultists.
Among those was Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the SS. The SS was riddled with occultist practices, the use of runes as badges, and on and on. They chose a Castle in Westphalia as the designated location of what would become the German equivalent to the Vatican.
Hitler and the Occult - The National Geographic Channel