The term “mysticism” has a lot of meanings; however, they all ultimately boil down to one fundamental objective. Establishment of a direct connection with Higher Power (i.e. God) via certain symbols, rituals, objects, places, meditations, etc. And thus bypassing both the Church and the religion in question.
Different mystics use this connection for different ends; however, Heinrich Himmler was a very pragmatic individual (despite all his psychic capabilities). Consequently, his goal was plain and simple – use the power of the Divine Source (source of immensely powerful spiritual energies that is) to obtain a decisive advantage over his enemies in the “existential racial war”.
The most important “energy channel” was undoubtedly the Wewelsburg Castle (to be covered in a separate chapter). Another object of a similar nature was the Quedlinburg Abbey in what is now German state of Saxony-Anhalt state.
This abbey was a final resting place of the Henry I the Fowler – founder of the medieval German state (as I have already mentioned, Himmler believed himself to be the reincarnation of that king). Himmler promoted the abbey as the pilgrimage place for the members of the SS (which made it an “SS Mecca” of sorts).
Another pilgrimage destination (of sorts) for the SS was the Sachsenhain (‘Grove of the Saxons’) monument. It was erected in 1935 near Verden an der Aller – a town in what now is the German state of Lower Saxony – on the site of a (not surprisingly) mass murder.
The murder took place in October of 782 when no other than Charlemagne (the “Father of Europe” and the founder of the First Reich – the Holy Roman Empire) ordered the execution of 4,500 pagan Saxons who apparently refused to convert to Christianity.
For Heinrich Himmler the “The Massacre of Verden” (as it was subsequently called) became the symbol of Christian brutality and destructive power – and of the resistance of the Germans who were protecting their traditional (and, as Himmler believed, superior) religion.
In 1935, Himmler commissioned the well-known landscape architect Wilhelm Hübotter to build the monument (consisting of 4,500 giant stones) on the site of the massacre. The memorial was inscribed to “Baptism-Resistant Germans Massacred by Karl, the Slaughterer of the Saxons” and was subsequently used as both a memorial to the event and as a meeting place and pilgrimage destination for the Schutzstaffel.
Still another “sacred site” for the SS was the Externsteine. It is a distinctive sandstone rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest, near the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg in the Lippe district of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The formation is a tor consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills.
In a popular tradition going back to an idea proposed to Hermann Hamelmann (a German Lutheran theologian and the reformer of Westphalia.) in 1564, the Externsteine are identified as a sacred site of the pagan Saxons, and the location of the Irminsul idol allegedly destroyed by the same villain – Charlemagne.
Himmler considered Externsteine sacred for two primary reasons. First, at the time it was believed that it was located right next to where the seminal Battle of the Teutoburg Forest took place in 9 AD.
This battle was won by an alliance of Germanic peoples ambushed and destroyed three Roman legions and their auxiliaries, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus (who then committed suicide out of shame).
Modern historians consider this battle as Rome’s greatest defeat in the whole history or Rome – and one of the most decisive battles in history. Many historians view this battle as a turning point in world history.
The German alliance was led by Arminius (Hermann) who is considered the liberator of the Germanic people. During the unification of Germany in the 19th century (and subsequently in the Second and Third Reich), Arminius was hailed as a symbol of German unity and freedom.
The second reason was the (alleged) association of Externsteine with Irminsul – a sacred pillar-like object which reportedly played an important role in the Germanic paganism of the Saxons.
It was allegedly destroyed on the orders of Charlemagne who considered the existence of Irminsul a major obstacle in his project of conversion of Saxons to Christianity.
Himmler tasked his Ahnenerbe research institute with finding the archaeological proof that (1) Irminsul was, indeed, located at or near Externsteine; and (2) was, indeed, destroyed on the orders of Charlemagne – by Christian monks or some other villains. However, despite extensive excavations, no archaeological evidence was uncovered that would confirm these claims.