When Hitler’s family lived in Linz (actually, in the nearby town of Leonding), it attended the Catholic church of St. Michael the Archangel. Both his parents have been buried in that church. Hitler visited the grave of his parents on March 12th, 1938, the day he followed his troops as they invaded Austria.
St. Michael the Archangel is a very special saint. He is essentially the commander-in-chief of God’s Heavenly Army; the military leader who leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces and during the existential war in heaven he defeats Satan
It is well known that as a boy Hitler was mesmerized with the power and the splendor of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Consequently, it is quite possible that (at least subconsciously) he started to associate himself with St. Michael.
In other words, it is possible that he began to feel that his great and glorious Mission in life was to become a military leader who will lead the Forces of Light to the victory in the existential war against the Forces of Darkness. Which, in a way, he subsequently did.
Interestingly enough, when Heinrich Himmler was a boy, his family also attended the Catholic church of St. Michael the Archangel. Only in Munich.
Contrary to a popular misconception, demonic possession (i.e. possession of an individual by “evil spirits”) is not a myth. It does happen. Even prominent psychiatrists confirm that there are mental disorders that can only be explained by a demonic possession.
Nazis committed enormous and horrible crimes against humanity, murdering millions of people. Including six millions or so of Jews – God’s chosen people. Which (especially the latter) was obviously very pleasing to the Devil.
Consequently, it is no surprise that many believe that Adolf Hitler (and possibly all Nazis involved in these crimes) were, indeed, possessed by the Prince of Darkness.
Even the late Father Gabriele Amorth (exorcist of the Diocese of Rome) who performed tens of thousands of exorcisms over his six decades of service as a Catholic Priest, stated in his 2006 Vatican Radio interview:
“I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed. All you have to do is think about what Hitler – and Stalin did. Almost certainly they were possessed by the Devil. You can tell by their behavior and their actions, from the horrors they committed and the atrocities that were committed on their orders”
There were even rumors that wartime pontiff Pope Pius XII attempted a “long distance” exorcism of Hitler (which, however, failed to have any effect).
Unfortunately, despite his impressive record as an exorcist (although he never was “the Vatican’s chief exorcist” despite popular media headlines), Father Gabriele Amorth was known to make highly controversial and unprofessional public statements.
The truth is that the Holy Roman Catholic Church has very strict rules for determining whether the individual in question is, indeed, possessed by an evil spirit (or spirits).
The first rule is that the individual must demonstrate one or more clear signs of demonic possession – supernatural strength, supernatural knowledge (that he had no way of acquiring via natural means), ability to fluently speak languages that he never learned, an aversion to the sacred objects (crucifix, holy water, Christian temples, Holy Bible, etc.), and speaking in a unnatural – and deeply frightening – “demonic” voice.
Adolf Hitler (or any other prominent Nazi) never demonstrated any of these signs. Consequently, no competent and responsible exorcist would have ever stated that The Führer was possessed by evil spirits.
And while a long-distance exorcism in something not unheard of, it can never replace the in-person ritual. It can only complement it after the in-person ritual has been successfully performed.
In fact, it is not really an exorcism, but simply a powerful and intense prayer for the liberation of the soul in question from the claws of evil spirits. It is also important to remember that Catholic exorcism can be performed only by a specially trained priest.
There is no evidence that Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) ever underwent such training. Which is not surprising at all – he was a Church lawyer, diplomat and politician – but no exorcist. Consequently, it is highly unlikely that he ever attempted a long-distance exorcism of Adolf Hitler.
Oh, and Joseph Stalin has never demonstrated any signs of demonic possession either. Consequently, although his objective of destroying the human civilization as we know it and replacing it with the alternative civilization (global Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) were clearly demonic, he was definitely NOT possessed by the Devil. Or any other evil spirit, for that matter.
The simplest (but still very powerful) Nazi ritual was the Nazi salute – the (in)famous “Heil Hitler”. During Nazi rallies another version of the salute – “Sieg Heil!” (Hail victory!) was repeated as a mantra. Actually, “Heil Hitler” was a very powerful mantra as well.
By definition, mantra is a sound, a group of sounds, a word or a phrase that has significant psychological, emotional and/or spiritual power. Power to achieve certain very tangible results that is.
Nazis made “Heil Hitler” a mandatory greeting for civilians (and Nazi party members, of course); however, for Wehrmacht personnel it was optional (until after the July 20th coup) because by law Wehrmacht personnel could not belong to a political party (even to the Nazi party). Written communications also must have been concluded with “Heil Hitler”.
The objective of this requirement was plain and simple – instill in every German citizen unconditional and unquestionable loyalty and obedience to The Führer – Adolf Hitler. Which actually was not a very patriotic thing to do – “Heil Deutschland!” would have been far more proper (and thus a far more patriotic) mantra.
The oral greeting “Heil” became popular in the pan-German movement around the turn of XX century. The first political party leader to have introduced “Führer” as a manner of address, was Georg Ritter von Schönerer – one of Hitler’s political heroes and role models.
The salute gesture is widely believed to be based on an ancient Roman custom. However, no surviving Roman work of art depicts it, nor does any existing Roman text describe it (so it was probably invented sometime during Renaissance or even later – during Enlightenment period).
In fact, Jacques-Louis David’s painting “Oath of the Horatii” (completed in 1784) seems to be the starting point for the gesture that later became known as the Roman salute.
The first politician to adopt this gesture was Italian ultra-nationalist politician Gabriele d’Annunzio, arguably the forerunner of Benito Mussolini, who first used this salute in 1919 when he led the occupation of Fiume. Salute was quickly adopted by the Italian Fascist Party and then by Hitler and his NSDAP.
I have already stated (in the chapter about Adolf Hitler) that in July of 1919 (right after the terms of the just signed Treaty of Versailles became public and two months prior to him joining the DAP), Adolf Hitler became aware of his real great and glorious Mission.
Later he openly stated:
“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. I go the way that Providence dictates with the assurance of a sleepwalker”
In other words, he perceived himself as a tool in the hands of the Providence; the tool that was supposed to right the wrongs of the Versailles Treaty; recover all territories lost to the “armed robbers”; restore the power, the glory and the honor of Germany; avenge its humiliation and – what is the most important – save Germany from being invaded, conquered and destroyed by the Bolsheviks by fighting and winning the existential war with the Soviet Union.
In other words, he considered himself the genuine German hero, the knight in shining armor, the Savior, the German Messiah. The one who is carrying out a Divine Mission dictated from a supernatural realm.
In both his private and public life, Hitler cultivated the image of a hero and superhuman being: bursting with energy, of great foresight, never erring, ever courageous, intrepid and endowed with a profound sense of purpose. Which (apart from the “never erring”) was actually true and correct.
But what was much more important that he was perceived and accepted as the Messiah not only just by occultists of the Thule Society (and similar groups), but by both the German elites and the general public.
It is not surprising that in the beginning of 1920s, messianic feelings, longings and expectations were going very strong in Germany. After all it is only natural for the population of the defeated, robbed and humiliated nation to develop an overpowering desire for the Messiah, the Leader, the commander-in-chief, who will fight and win the noble “national liberation war”.
They found and recognized this Messiah in Adolf Hitler and – what is utterly amazing (unbelievable even) – the were right. Hitler did miraculously achieve all of the above objectives – righted the wrongs of the Versailles Treaty, returned the territories lost to “robber states”, avenged the humiliation of Germany, restored Germany to its political, economic and military glory, solved seemingly insurmountable economic problems, achieved impressive military victories both in the East and in the West, radically improved the quality of lives of ordinary (and not only ordinary) Germans and made Germans the genuinely nation – the happiest nation in the world and possibly in the whole human history.
These achievements were so miraculous (especially considering that the one who achieved them was the loser, the outcast who had no economic, political, military or any other higher education) that they can be seemingly explained only by the supernatural intervention.
Maximilian Domarus, a Third Reich historian and Hitler’s contemporary (and no occultist) who published a four-volume collection of Hitler’s speeches, proclamations and other documents (he witnessed Hitler speak on numerous occasions), wrote:
“When he judged a task worthwhile or sensed imminent danger, Hitler undeniably commanded extraordinary energy reserves and was powered by a veritably supernatural force. Like a second self, this force stood behind him, later propelling him from speech to speech, from plan to plan, and from victory to victory”
This force was, obviously, was the Providence that Hitler believed in (which was also responsible for his astonishing power and influence as an orator). The enthusiasm his speeches prompted was not confined only to easily-aroused mass audiences but also infected—perhaps even more strongly—individuals belonging to Germany’s leading circles.
Not surprisingly, Hitler’s arguments had this astonishing power only over German people or those who had some link to the German mentality and culture. Members of the Anglo-Saxon nations were unimpressed by Hitler’s performances, just as were the Soviets and Japanese.
Was this Providence benign or malevolent? Or were there actually two forces that controlled Hitler (actually, fought over the control of this extremely powerful individual)?
Given the fact that Adolf Hitler was responsible for both very noble achievements (radically improving the quality of life in Germany, making its citizens genuinely happy, saving Germany and Europe from being destroyed by the Bolsheviks, etc.) and committed horrible crimes against humanity (e.g. Holocaust), he was most likely driven by two forces.
But given the fact that he saved Germany, Europe and the whole Western civilization from being destroyed by the Bolsheviks, he was influenced by the benevolent power more than by a malevolent one.
Although Adolf Hitler was raise Roman Catholic (and for some time in his childhood sincerely thought of entering Catholic monastery and someday becoming an abbot), he was a theist.
More specifically, a monotheist, because he believed in one Almighty God – the Providence. Whom he did not associate at all with the Christian Trinity. Possibly because the latter (and the whole Christianity) was fundamentally incompatible with Pan-German nationalism and Aryanism – his personal ideology.
One form of mysticism is a direct personal communication with a specific deity (e.g. with the Absolute, the Infinite, the Cosmos, the Universe or God) or spiritual entities (e.g. saints).
Adolf Hitler communicated with the Providence on a regular basis which made him a genuine (and powerful) mystic. There is no evidence that Adolf Hitler ever prayed (publicly or privately) to this deity; he only listened to it for an advice, guidance or outright command. Which means that Hitler spent a considerable amount of time in a meditative state of mind (meditation is a fundamentally mystical practice).
When you deal with the Almighty Providence (and Hitler did believe that his Providence was, indeed, omnipotent), you do not need – or want – to deal with any other spiritual entities or forces.
Consequently, it is no surprise that he rejected any and all forms and practices of occultism and paganism (polytheism) and after he came to power in 1933, ruthlessly suppressed both.
True, there is indisputable evidence that Adolf Hitler was once an avid reader of Ostara – the occult and anti-Semitic magazine published by an (in)famous political and racial theorist and occultist (and a pioneer of Ariosophy – esoteric ideology) Adolf Josef Lanz (and even visited the office of Ostara asking for back copies).
However, Hitler was interested strictly in ideological aspects of Lanz’s teachings and could not care less about their occult roots and foundation.
It is also true that the German Workers’ Party (DAP) that Hitler joined in September of 1919 was a creation of an occult Thule Society. However, there is no evidence that Hitler was a member of this society or even ever attended its meetings (actually, there is a strong evidence that he was not and did not). Or even met with the prominent members of the Thule Society (other than with the DAP founders).
In fact, right after he became the Führer of NSDAP, he immediately severed all ties with the Thule Society which subsequently went into decline and was officially dissolved in 1925 – long before Hitler came to power. By that time he could afro the breakup as he found far more powerful sponsors – wealthy and influential Germans and – first and foremost – the Reichswehr.
Nazis sincerely believed that their nation was in a permanent state of and existential racial war with the Jews and the other “alien nations”. Consequently, they viewed their state (and the whole German people) as one giant army.
Another reason for this (incorrect) perception was the personal experience of Adolf Hitler – the architect of the Nazi state – who was for more comfortable in the military than in the civilian environment.
Army is fundamentally incompatible with democracy of any kind. Consequently, the Nazis quickly rejected the parliamentary democracy (courtesy of Marinus van der Lubbe) and transformed the Weimar republic into a totalitarian Nazi state.
An army (any army) always has the commander-in-chief. Any military unit needs a commanding officer. And the Nazi “military state” was no exception, of course.
Consequently, they structured the whole state, their whole political, economic and social system (and even their culture which they treated as just another weapon in their existential war) according to the omnipresent Führer Principle. Thus making it a Führerstaat – “state of the Führer”
Interestingly enough, the Führerprinzip was invented not by Nazis but by one Hermann von Keyserling – an ethnically German philosopher from Estonia. He was a firm believer in Social Darwinism and thus preached that certain “gifted individuals” were “born to rule”.
Which, actually was quite correct as leaders are, indeed, born. If one is not born with built-in leadership talent, no amount of training will make an individual a leader.
According to Führerprinzip, each organization (of any kind) is a hierarchy of leaders, where every leader has absolute authority and absolute responsibility in his designated area, and thus demands absolute obedience from his or her subordinates him and answers only to his superiors.
In reality, however, this principle was blatantly violated because the overlap in responsibility areas between branches of the Nazi state (NSDAP, SS, Wehrmacht, civilian government, etc.) and even within the same branch was the rule, not the exception.
Consequently, the whole system was far less efficient than it seemed (but still efficient enough to perform the miraculous quantum leap and achieve no less miraculous military victories).
The Führer (“supreme leader”) of Germany (Adolf Hitler) combined in his persona executive power, legislative power and judicial power, although he rarely (if ever) used the latter.
But the Nazis went much further than Führerprinzip. They effectively declared Hitler infallible (actually, one of the reasons why Germans fought so stubbornly for Hitler and worked so hard for him until the very last days of the Third Reich was that they until the very end believed that the infallible and omnipotent Führer would perform a miracle and lead them to victory).
Thus making Adolf Hitler essentially a Godlike figure and national-socialism a pagan religion (actually, a charismatic totalitarian cult of The Führer). In theory, Adolf Hitler, answered not only to God but to the German people; however, Nazis did not develop any mechanism for control by the people over the decisions made by Hitler or for correcting the inevitable mistakes made by their Führer.
Instead, they pretended that Adolf Hitler ultimately will be able to correct any mistakes himself, eventually make the right decision and lead them to victory in any battle (and ultimately the whole existential war).
Which did not happen. Failure to correct enormous strategic mistakes (blunders, actually) of their Führer inevitably resulted in the devastating defeat on the battlefields of World War II, wholesale destruction of German economy and infrastructure, ultimate demise of the Third Reich and Hitler’s suicide in the Führerbunker.