As I mentioned earlier, Nazi Germany was a deeply mysterious civilization. And in the modern world, wherever there is such a deep and large-scale mystery, there is always talk about supernatural. Especially where there is a radically different “alien” civilization.
Therefore, it is no surprise that there is a tremendous interest in the relationships between the Nazis (the Nazi civilization as a whole and individual Nazis such as Heinrich Himmler) and the supernatural. In other words, between the Nazi world and the invisible, intangible world of spiritual forces and entities. Consequently, I have no other choice but to write this chapter and include it into this guide.
Relationships between humans and supernatural world (real or imagined) take several forms – religion (monotheistic or polytheistic/pagan), mysticism and the occultism – occult beliefs and practices.
Therefore, the first important step in investigating relationships between Nazis and the supernatural (what they did and did not believe in and what they did and did not do) is to explain the difference between these three. Which is not always easy because these three systems of beliefs and activities do overlap.
Religion by definition requires not only a more or less extensive and structured system of beliefs in supernatural deities (God or gods), but a process of systematic process of worshipping these deities.
This process includes both doing something from these deities and trying to get them something do something for the followers of the religion in question. And includes a system of shrines, dedicated priesthood, religious services and other religious rituals/ceremonies.
Nazis had none of the above. Some of them (actually, a lot of them) were Christians (Catholic or Protestants), some were atheists or agnostics, some practiced pagan religions (Western or Eastern), some (like Adolf Hitler) were theists that believed in abstract God (e.g. Providence) but there were no deities specific to national-socialism.
And no shrines, dedicated priesthood or religious services. Consequently, whatever national-socialism was in the religious sense, it was NOT a religion.
Occultism is different from religion because it is a belief in spiritual entities (or even forces), not deities and in a direct communication between a human being and these entities.
Consequently, it does not need (and does not have) shrines, dedicated shrines or priesthood, formalized (structured) religious services or rituals. Instead, it uses occult practices such as astrology, numerology, magic, alchemy, extra-sensory perception (ESP), clairvoyance, spiritualism, divination, etc.
Although some occultists claim to serve certain spiritual entities or forces by performing certain divine Missions, these practices are typically used to make these entities do something for the occultists. In other words, practitioners of occult try to make these forces serve their purposes.
However, occult practices typically require mediums (intermediaries between the physical and spiritual worlds) who are essentially quasi-priests (or quasi-priestesses), spiritual séances who are quasi-religious ceremonies and often take place in specific dedicated places (quasi-shines). Consequently, occultism is essentially a quasi-religion (ersatz religion).
With the exception of several individual Nazis (e.g. Rudolf Hess), Nazis did not practice astrology, numerology, alchemy, extra-sensory perception (ESP), clairvoyance, spiritualism or divination. Neither did they explicitly practice magic.
However, thy did have (or believed that they have) certain relationships with the invisible, intangible entities such as “nation”, “race”, “blood” and did (at least implicitly) perform certain rituals that can be classified as occult.
Consequently, Nazis did have some occult beliefs and were somehow involved in some occult practices (which essentially makes national-socialism an ersatz religion). I will cover both in the subsequent sections of this chapter and Nazi quasi-religion in a separate chapter.
Mysticism is, by definition, the quest for secret (sometimes even “forbidden”) knowledge (using “natural” and “supernatural” means) and subsequent utilization of this knowledge to achieve certain objectives (individual or political).
Which means that Nazis were, indeed, some pretty serious mystics who used mostly natural but sometimes supernatural (“occult”) means to obtain the secret knowledge (and thus power) that they needed to achieve their political and even military objectives.