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Occult History of the Third Reich, The (4 Parts)

Synopsis
From the occult origins of the Nazi party to the death of Hitler, the doctrine of Naitonal Socialism created a world of strange rituals and beliefs. This series incorporates rare archive footage to explore the phenomenon that mesmerised Germany.
Part 1: The adoption of the swastika by European occultists and the subsequent transformation of this ancient Buddhist symbol of good fortune into an emblem of terror.
Part 2: The transformation of Hitler’s elite bodyguard into a military-religious order steeped in the doctrines of the occult and national socialism, and destined to become the breeding stock for an Aryan master race.
Part 3: Heinrich Himmler, believing that he was the reincarnation of the Saxon king Henry the Fowler and obsessed with astrology and spiritualism, transformed the SS into a secretive brotherhood, bound by mystic rituals.
Part 4: Adolf Hitler believed from an early age that he was ‘sent from aboe by providence to create the thousand year Reich’. Inspired by the powerful myths of the composer Wagner and devoted to the race-religion of Huston Stewart Chamberlain, he tried to convince the masses of his obsession.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w 4 x 55 min.
Year of production
1993
Availability
Sale; 1995 sale: £12.99 each (inclusive)
Notes
Endorsed by ‘History Today’ magazine.
Subjects
History
Keywords
Himmler, Heinrich; Hitler, Adolf; Nazi Germany; World War II

Sections

Title
Enigma of the swastika, The
Synopsis
Part 1: The adoption of the swastika by European occultists and the subsequent transformation of this ancient Buddhist symbol of good fortune into an emblem of terror.

Title
SS: blood and soil, The
Synopsis
Part 2: The transformation of Hitler's elite bodyguard into a military-religious order steeped in the doctrines of the occult and national socialism, and destined to become the breeding stock for an Aryan master race.

Title
Himmler the mystic
Synopsis
Part 3: Heinrich Himmler, believing that he was the reincarnation of the Saxon king Henry the Fowler and obsessed with astrology and spiritualism, transformed the SS into a secretive brotherhood, bound by mystic rituals.

Title
Hitler: the new order
Synopsis
Part 4: Adolf Hitler believed from an early age that he was 'sent from aboe by providence to create the thousand year Reich'. Inspired by the powerful myths of the composer Wagner and devoted to the race-religion of Huston Stewart Chamberlain, he tried to

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Name

Columbia TriStar Home Video

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