As I have already proven (IMHO, beyond the reasonable doubt), Heinrich Himmler and The Black Sun Society had the identical fundamental objective – create a neo-Teutonic Order and neo-Ordensstaat with both based not on Christianity (as the original ones), but on neo-pagan (quasi)religion. The religion that also had to be created.
Ideally, of course, The Black Sun Society should have developed this religion (it had plenty of professionals to accomplish this all-important objective) and the convinced Heinrich Himmler to adopt it for his SS.
Unfortunately for them, SS-Reichsfuhrer did not work that way (in other words, this approach was impossible – cut and dry, plain and simple, loud and clear). Hence they had to work via an intermediary – Karl Maria Wiligut.
They somehow prepared the latter, brought him to the Nordische Gesellschaft, introduced him to Himmler and convinced the latter to hire the “distinguished occultist and esotericist” to create the new (neo-pagan) religion for the SS.
Most likely, this job was accomplished by Fräulein Frieda Dorenber, possibly aided by the mysterious Richard Anders. It is also possible that Alfred Rosenberg and Rudolf Hess (both members of the Thule Society) contributed somehow to Himmler’s decision – by vouching for Wiligut. Maybe even Himmler’s mentor (of sorts) Ernst Röhm, considered by some historians to also be a member of the Thule Society.
Anyhow, Himmler hired Wiligut and the latter did for the former… a lot, actually. Wiligut can be duly credited (among other achievements) with the design of the SS-ring; creation of various rituals and design of ritual objects to be used in SS ceremonies; and a steady stream of reports on esoteric matters of theology, history and cosmology issued for the most part privately to Himmler.
These reports undoubtedly contained components for the neo-pagan religion. Which, most likely, was supposed to be a derivative of Irminism – itself a religious derivative of Ariosophy (esoteric ideological system).
Wiligut even developed his own runic system loosely based on the Armanen runes of Guido von List even though Wiligut rejected List’s runes and his overall esoteric philosophy.
Wiligut claimed to have been initiated into “runic lore” by his grandfather Karl Wiligut (although, obviously, this claim is impossible to verify). His rune row has 24 letters, like the Elder Futhark.
Like von List’s Armanen runes which are based on the Younger Futhark, many of Wiligut’s runes are identical to historical runes, with some additions (which are without precedent in runic alphabets).
Definitely the most important “deliverables” of Wiligut’s work were the vision and the blueprint for the Mittelpunkt der Welt – the “spiritual center of the world” to be located in and around the Wewelsburg Castle developed with at least covert – and most likely with overt – assistance from The Black Sun Society, the High Priests and the guardians of the castle and the descendants of its original builders).
However, Himmler and Wiligut (even with the help from the mighty Black Sun Society) failed to develop anything even remotely resembling a coherent and comprehensive religious system.
The reasons for this epic failure were manifold but the most important were three. First, development of a new religion was not the first priority for Heinrich Himmler (to put it mildly) – especially after a radically increased workload (Anschluss of Austria, occupation of Czechoslovakia and World War II on the horizon).
Second, Adolf Hitler was a sworn enemy of everything occult – and Heinrich Himmler had no desire for a “religious” conflict with his boss. And, finally, although Himmler experienced a “religious conversion” of sorts in his early twenties, he was still not deep enough into occult – and did not take it seriously enough (in particular, did not believe much in its mystical powers).
Oh, and Karl Maria Wiligut was (to put it mildly), not a perfect medium for transmitting the components of the new religion (developed by The Black Sun Society) to Heinrich Himmler.
In the end, Himmler apparently decided to abandon the whole “new religion project” – at least until after the inevitable war. In practical terms it meant that Wiligut all but lost Himmler support – and immediately became an easy prey for his numerous enemies (i.e., his competitors for Himmler’s attention and funds).
His direct competitors were (obviously) the Ahnenerbe researchers supported by influential SS leaders – including SS-Gruppenführer Karl Wolff, the chief of Himmler’s personal staff and thus Wiligut’s nominal boss.
It is not clear whether Wolff knew about Wiligut’s three-year stay in the mental institution from the very beginning or that he (as is commonly believed) learned about it from colonel’s ex-wife whom he met in November of 1938 (I believe that the former was the case).
In the end, it did not matter. In February of 1939, Wolff confronted Wiligut with this (literally) murderous evidence and essentially ordered him to retire (possibly with Himmler’s tacit approval).
Wiligut’s office was dissolved and the official date of retirement (ostensibly for reasons of poor health and old age) was set on August 28th, 1939 (just three days prior to the start of World War II as it later turned out).
Wiligut retired as SS-Brigadefuhrer – major-general (rank equivalent to brigadier-general in US Army); however, it did not help him much. He spent all war years in poor health and virtual oblivion (no surprise here given his advanced age and hardships of life in Nazi Germany in the wartime).
Elsa Baltrusch, a member of Himmler’s personal staff, was assigned to be his “housekeeper.” She remained loyal to Wiligut until his death. At first they were provided quarters in Aufkirchen, but in May 1940 they were able to move to the Werderhof in Wiligut’s fabled town of Goslar (a historic town in Lower Saxony).
Unfortunately their quarters were requisitioned by medical authorities in 1943, and they were moved to an SS guesthouse on the Wörthersee in Austria. At the end of the war Wiligut was assigned to a refugee camp by the British occupation forces.
He was given permission to return to Salzburg, but he was unhappy there with his estranged family and so obtained papers to enable him to travel to Frau Baltrusch’s family in Arolsen in northern Germany.
By this stage Wiligut was only occasionally lucid and is said to have chanted his mantras to himself continuously. No surprise here either given his lifelong mental health problems.
Upon arrival in Arolsen on Christmas day 1945, Wiligut suffered a stroke. He died a few days later at 7:00 A.M. on 3 January 1946. He was seventy-nine years old. He is buried in the cemetery in Arolsen.12 His tombstone inscription reads: Unser Leben geht dahin wie ein Geschwätz (Our life passes away like idle chatter).
However, this was not the end of this story – not by a long shot. Wiligut’s work was carried out by the SS for four more years after his forced retirement. In the Mittelpunkt der Welt – the Wewelsburg Castle.