Now the mystery deepens – big time. Karl Maria Wiligut met Himmler in September of 1933 – in Detmold (of all places) at a conference of the Nordische Gesellschaft (“Nordic Society”). Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany located about 16 miles (25 km) from Paderborn and about 50 km from Wewelsburg.
Nordische Gesellschaft was an international association which had the (stated) objective of strengthening German-Nordic cultural and political cooperation. It was founded in 1921 and headquartered in Lübeck, Germany.
After the National Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933, the Nordische Gesellschaft came under the control of Alfred Rosenberg. Rosenberg was the leading Nazi theorist and ideologue, the head of the NSDAP Office of Foreign Affairs during the entire rule of Nazi Germany… and a member of the Thule Society.
He had such a power and influence during the early years of the Nazi Party that after the failed Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler, who had been imprisoned for treason, appointed Rosenberg as the leader of the Nazi movement, a position he held until Hitler’s release. He was also the CEO of Amt Rosenberg – a murky official body for “cultural policy and surveillance” within the Nazi party.
It was natural for Heinrich Himmler to be present at this conference as by that time he was the member of the new board of the association (established by Rosenberg, of course). How Karl Maria Wiligut got there (let alone was introduced to SS-Reichsfuhrer) was a total mystery.
True, Wiligut was much respected in German völkisch circles and published his articles (on various esoteric and occult subjects) in Hagal magazine published by the Edda Society.
However, his works were not about German-Nordic cultural cooperation (let alone political) at all. He was not involved in politics since 1924 (at least) and was never involved in anything Nordic. So how on Earth did he get there?
It is commonly believed that was Wiligut’s long-standing friend Richard Anders, by that time a member of the SS, who was instrumental in introducing the retired Austrian colonel to Himmler.
There is only one problem with this belief – no one knows who the hell Richard Anders and why on Earth would Anders himself be present at that conference (let alone was allowed to approach SS-Reichsfuhrer).
It is far more likely that Wiligut was brought to the conference (and introduced to Himmler) by Fräulein Frieda Dorenber (being Nazi Party member #6 carried a lot of weight in Nazi Germany – even if the member in question was a woman).
Shortly thereafter, Wiligut… joined the SS (under the pseudonym “Karl Maria Weisthor”). This “quantum leap” is even more mysterious than the previous two combined.
Wiligut was not a high-ranking member of the Nazi Party – or a powerful official in the government, industry and the like. Hence, he was subject to the extensive background check by the SD – the intelligence department of the SS.
Wiligut never tried to conceal his three-year confinement to a mental institution (in 1937 he even included it in his official curriculum vitae). Which meant that Heinrich Himmler (and not just him) was definitely aware of Wiligut’s diagnoses… that six years later would have sent him straight to the gas chamber operated by the guys from T4 involuntary euthanasia program.
True, this program was till six years away – but the seeds have been planted long before that. In July 1933, the “Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring” was passed by the Reichstag.
The law prescribed compulsory sterilization for patients with conditions thought to be hereditary, such as schizophrenia (Wiligut’s diagnosis), epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea and “imbecility”. Six years later, patients with these diagnoses would be shipped straight to the nearest extermination center.
And still Heinrich Himmler accepted (if not inducted) Karl Maria Wiligut into the SS. And it was only the beginning. Two months later, Wiligut was officially appointed head of the Department for Pre- and Early History, within the SS Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt (SS Main Office for Race and Settlement – RuSHA) based in Munich.
More specifically, to its Amt Schulungsamt (Education Office), of course. In addition, Himmler made Wiligut his new adviser on ancient traditions… and promptly promoted him to SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) this restoring his rank at retirement from the Austrian Army. Moreover, this department was specifically created from scratch to Karl Maria Wiligut.
This whole thing was strange as well, because Wiligut had neither education, nor work experience on pre- and early history (his outlandish theories on “Irminic Christianity” and the like definitely did not qualify as such).
In November 1934 Wiligut was promoted to the rank of Oberführer (senior colonel or lieutenant-brigadier), and in the spring of 1935 he was transferred to Berlin to serve on Himmler’s personal staff (he was even set up in his very own villa). In September 1936, Wiligut was promoted to the rank of Brigadeführer (one-star general).
All of this sounds genuinely insane (or at least inconceivable); however, Heinrich Himmler was very much sane, pragmatic and calculating individual. And there was a completely reasonable (and even natural) explanation for “all of the above”.
Himmler hired Wiligut to create a new religion for the SS.