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Hitler's master of the dark arts : Himmler's black knights and the occult origins of the SS / Bill Yenne.

By: Yenne, Bill, 1949-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Minneapolis : Zenith Press, 2010Description: 312 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780760337783 (hbk.).Subject(s): Himmler, Heinrich, 1900-1945 | Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. Schutzstaffel -- History | Nazis -- Biography | Cults -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Paganism -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Occultism -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Knights and knighthood -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Political culture -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945 | Germany -- History, Military -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 943.086 YEN
Contents:
Darkest beginnings -- The court of the godfather -- Almost hocus-pocus -- A call to duty -- The old crooked cross -- Ballot boxes and long knives -- Black knights of the master race -- Father confessor to the new order -- The dark temples of the Schutzstaffel -- Das Ahnenerbe -- Archaeologists in black -- A world of ice -- Black knights in an army of field gray pawns -- Drang nach Osten -- Bloody hell -- The most feared address in Europe -- Burdens borne of black knighthood -- The witches of the Schutzstaffel -- Aryans beyond nationality -- Evil science -- Weird science -- The Reich and its stormy night -- Götterdämmerung -- The sands of time.
Darkest beginnings -- The court of the godfather -- Almost hocus-pocus -- A call to duty -- The old crooked cross -- Ballot boxes and long knives -- Black knights of the master race -- Father confessor to the new order -- The dark temples of the Schutzstaffel -- Das Ahnenerbe -- Archaeologists in black -- A world of ice -- Black knights in an army of field gray pawns -- Drang nach Osten -- Bloody hell -- The most feared address in Europe -- Burdens borne of black knighthood -- The witches of the Schutzstaffel -- Aryans beyond nationality -- Evil science -- Weird science -- The Reich and its stormy night -- Gotterdammerung -- The sands of time.
Subject: At the heart of the evil of Nazism was Hitler's "witch doctor, " Heinrich Himmler, and his peculiar and deadly organsation with the mundane name Schutzstaffel, literally "protective squadron." Undoubtedly you know them better as the feared SS, the very essence of Nazism. Their threatening double lightning bolt is perhaps the most dreaded symbol of the Third Reich. The facts of the SS's origins are truly stranger than fiction. If you thought Raiders of the Lost Ark was an inspired Hollywood fiction, think again. Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts reveals the hidden "truths" of the SS in full and morbidly fascinating detail.
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At the heart of the evil of Nazism was Hitler's "witch doctor," Heinrich Himmler, and his peculiar and deadly organization with the mundane name Schutzstaffel, literally "protective squadron." Undoubtedly you know them better as the feared SS, the very essence of Nazism. Their threatening double lightning bolt is perhaps the most dreaded symbol of the Third Reich.

The facts of the SS's origins are truly stranger than fiction. If you thought Raiders of the Lost Ark was an inspired Hollywood fiction, think again. Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts reveals the hidden "truths" of the SS in full and morbidly fascinating detail.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 298-305) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index

Darkest beginnings -- The court of the godfather -- Almost hocus-pocus -- A call to duty -- The old crooked cross -- Ballot boxes and long knives -- Black knights of the master race -- Father confessor to the new order -- The dark temples of the Schutzstaffel -- Das Ahnenerbe -- Archaeologists in black -- A world of ice -- Black knights in an army of field gray pawns -- Drang nach Osten -- Bloody hell -- The most feared address in Europe -- Burdens borne of black knighthood -- The witches of the Schutzstaffel -- Aryans beyond nationality -- Evil science -- Weird science -- The Reich and its stormy night -- Götterdämmerung -- The sands of time.

Darkest beginnings -- The court of the godfather -- Almost hocus-pocus -- A call to duty -- The old crooked cross -- Ballot boxes and long knives -- Black knights of the master race -- Father confessor to the new order -- The dark temples of the Schutzstaffel -- Das Ahnenerbe -- Archaeologists in black -- A world of ice -- Black knights in an army of field gray pawns -- Drang nach Osten -- Bloody hell -- The most feared address in Europe -- Burdens borne of black knighthood -- The witches of the Schutzstaffel -- Aryans beyond nationality -- Evil science -- Weird science -- The Reich and its stormy night -- Gotterdammerung -- The sands of time.

At the heart of the evil of Nazism was Hitler's "witch doctor, " Heinrich Himmler, and his peculiar and deadly organsation with the mundane name Schutzstaffel, literally "protective squadron." Undoubtedly you know them better as the feared SS, the very essence of Nazism. Their threatening double lightning bolt is perhaps the most dreaded symbol of the Third Reich. The facts of the SS's origins are truly stranger than fiction. If you thought Raiders of the Lost Ark was an inspired Hollywood fiction, think again. Hitler's Master of the Dark Arts reveals the hidden "truths" of the SS in full and morbidly fascinating detail.

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Library Journal Review

In this biography of Heinrich Himmler, creator of the SS and thoroughgoing villain, the author makes much of Himmler's interest in the occult and his attempts to re-create a somewhat bizarre version of the pre-Christian Teutonic religion. Some readers may be interested in the accounts of archaeologists funded by the Ahnenerbe (the Nazi historical research bureau) to establish a foundation for Nazi mythology and institutionalize the creed of Aryan superiority. Indiana Jones, this is not, but another take on Nazi leaders, somewhat sensationalized. Not enough meat for serious World War II students, but it may be popular among general readers.-Edwin B. Burgess, Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.