Let’s start with the origins. It is a well-established historical fact that “Thule” (officially founded on August 8th, 1918) is but a cover name for the Bavarian chapter (province/lodge) of the organization officially known as the Germanenorden Walvater of the Holy Grail.
The latter was the “schismatic” (whatever it meant in that context) offshoot of the Germanenorden (Germanic or Teutonic Order) – an occultist and völkisch secret society founded in Berlin in 1912.
Officially by one by Theodor Fritsch (a publisher and journalist and an ardent anti-Semite) and several prominent German occultists including Philipp Stauff, who held office in the Guido von List Society and High Armanen Order as well as Hermann Pohl, who became the Germanenorden’s first leader (chancellor).
It was the latter who four years later defected from Fritsch et al., joined forces with Rudolf von Sebottendorff (born Rudolf Glauer) and founded the Germanenorden Walvater of the Holy Grail.
Now let’s think about the coincidence (some coincidence, if you ask me). Since his early teens at least, Heinrich Himmler wanted to create a reincarnation of the original Teutonic Order – but adapted to very different realities of the early XX century. And ultimately succeeds – but the reincarnation (the SS Black Order) is based on the neo-pagan quasi-religion, not Christianity (as was the original one).
The Thule Society was but a cover name for the Germanenorden – the “new” (and occult) Teutonic Order… and the founding father of the Nazi Party and (indirectly) the Nazi State. And, of course, the father of sorts of the “new” (i.e. post-transfiguration) Adolf Hitler – Der Führer of Nazi Party, the Nazi State and the whole Nazi civilization – the Third Reich.
Heinrich Himmler was not just the member of NSDAP – he held the highest rank (Reichsleiter) in the Nazi Party. And was the Reichsfuhrer of the SS – the key component of the Nazi system (and undoubtedly the second most powerful individual).
From his early teens (at least) Himmler was interested in the occult, mysticism, German paganism and Völkisch stuff of all sorts. And not just believed – but acted on these beliefs (Ahnenerbe, Wewelsburg, hunt for Holy Grail, etc.). With the ultimate objective of building another civilization – the SS-Staat where Christianity will be replaced with the neo-pagan (quasi)religion.
The SS was born in exactly the same year (1925) the Thule Society was (officially) dissolved. In 1919-22 he studied agronomy in Munich where Thule Society was headquartered.
Do you believe in such incredible coincidences? I do not. Although there is no hard evidence that Himmler was a member of a Thule Society (or even attended its open meetings as a guest), there is plenty of circumstantial.
First, in April of 1919, Heinrich Himmler joined Freikorps Oberland – just recently founded by no other than Rudolf von Sebottendorf – founder and president of Thule Society. And stayed there for full two months (in the support position).
Second, his genuinely quantum leap (in 1923-24) from being a devout Catholic to not only a dedicated and energetic proponent and preacher of neo-pagan beliefs but a de-facto sworn enemy of Christianity was way too dramatic to have occurred without some powerful external influence.
Third, it is obvious that Heinrich Himmler underwent at least a transformation (and possibly a transfiguration), albeit at a later date and at a much younger age than Adolf Hitler.
Because nothing, absolutely nothing in his life prior to his early (and even late) 20s suggested that he was a genius of the caliber that was capable of creating SS (the state-within-a-state and the most powerful organization in modern – if not the whole human – history). And of becoming the second most powerful (and definitely the most feared) individual in the Third Reich.
It is far more likely that he was quietly and unobtrusively mentored by some of the “shadow” members of the Thule Society who provided him with the blueprint, the inspiration (the drive) and guidance for transforming the tiny (and very functionally limited) SS that he inherited from his predecessors into the “empire within empire”.
And, finally, some historians (including Himmler’s biographer Peter Padfield) claim that Ernst Röhm (the individual who brought Himmler into the Nazi Party) was a secret member of the Thule Society – and acted on the guidance (if not on direct orders) of Thule principals.
Secret societies such as Thule are always looking for promising new recruits (or at least collaborators). The ones that have “potential for greatness” and are thus capable of becoming highly useful, powerful and thus valuable tools in projects pursued by the society in question (in this case, by the Thule Society).
Hence, it is highly likely that sometime in late spring or early summer of 1919, Rudolf von Sebottendorf (or someone else from Thule leadership) noticed Heinrich Himmler – more precisely, the political, managerial and entrepreneurial potential of the future SS-Reichsfuhrer.
And, of course, assigned a “covert mentor” to the latter. This mentor (whose identity is unknown and most likely will never be known), quietly and unobtrusively educated Himmler in politics, management, ideology, the occult and other vitally important subjects.
Then they brought Himmler into the Nazi party (in August of 1923), made him a standard-bearer during the Beer Hall Putsch in November of 1923 (a critically important, highly visible and deeply honorable assignment) and subsequently helped him make an impressive career in the Nazi Party (and subsequently in the SS).
Just a year after joining NSDAP, Himmler became the secretary (in reality, a highly influential position) to Gregor Strasser – the second most influential Nazi politician (after Adolf Hitler, of course).
A few months later, Himmler became Strasser’s deputy (Deputy Gauleiter) of Lower Bavaria. As Strasser had many other – and more important – responsibilities, Himmler became de-facto Gauleiter (Party Leader) of Lower Bavaria.
A year and a half later, Himmler was given another very important position – deputy head of Propaganda for the whole Germany (i.e. second only to Goebbels). By that time, he was already a member of the SS (for the Party officials, it was common to have several positions – and thus the responsibility areas).
Not surprisingly (being the Deputy Gauleiter of Lower Bavaria, Himmler became the leader of the SS in the Gau of Lower Bavaria with the rank of Truppführer (sergeant first class). At that time, he was in command of just 15 SS-men (out of about 200 in the whole Germany).
A year later, in 1927, the SS was still but a small bodyguard unit. Unlike the large SA (loyal to the Party and its ideology), the elite SS was fiercely loyal to Adolf Hitler personal. And – like many bodyguard units – was his personal weapon (in addition to its duties of protecting Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders).
Sometime in September of 1927, Himmler presented to Adolf Hitler (whom he knew personally from at least the failed Beer Hall Putsch) his vision of transforming the SS into something much more important and valuable for the Nazi ideology.
A racially pure (of course) key instrument for implementing the racial policies of Nazi Party (and of Hitler personally). In other words, for making Hitler’s plans of building a “racial utopia” a reality.
It is entirely possible, of course, that Himmler developed these ideas all by himself. However, it is far more likely that these ideas had been planted into his heart, mind and soul by his shadow Thule mentors (handlers).
Regardless, Der Führer was sufficiently impressed with Himmler’s vision to promote the latter to the position of Deputy Reichsführer-SS, with the rank of SS-Oberführer (subsequently equivalent to senior colonel in the Army).
Two years later, Himmler became the SS-Reichsfuhrer and thus got the power that he needed to transform his (or Thule’s) vision into reality. His elevation to absolute power in the SS (given to him by the omnipresent and all-important Führer) had nothing to do with Thule support.
He did not need it – his predecessor Erhard Heiden failed miserably in his position as the leader of the SS. The membership of the SS declined from 1000 to 280 and its relationship with the SA (the former was still technically a part of the latter) were strained at best. Allegations of corruption and business associations with the Jews did not help either.
So it is no surprise that in January of 1929 Heiden was dismissed from his position and replaced by Heinrich Himmler. Looks like there was till something fishy about the whole affair because after the Nazis came to power in January 1933, Heiden was arrested by the Gestapo. On orders from Himmler, he was murdered later that year by officers of Heydrich’s SD.
Now what would the Thule Society need Heinrich Himmler and (now his) SS for?