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Hitler's MonstersA Supernatural History of the Third Reich$
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Eric Kurlander

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189452

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189452.001.0001

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(p.297) Epilogue
Hitler's Monsters

Eric Kurlander

Yale University Press

This epilogue argues that the Nazi movement had closer ties to occult, border scientific, and pagan-mythological ideas and doctrines than any mass political party. To be sure, Hitler and the Nazi Party may have broken with the Thule Society that helped inspire National Socialism. Yet the Society's border scientific doctrines persisted within the Nazi supernatural imaginary. Not all Germans who shared elements of this supernatural imaginary were fascists, racist imperialists, or anti-Semites. But that is precisely why the Nazis' exploitation of the supernatural imaginary was so effective in attracting and maintaining support from a broad cross section of the German population. The NSDAP's appeal to such ideas helped the party transcend the thorny social and political reality of Depression-era Germany. It allowed a party with no clear political or economic programme to supersede the materialist, class-based rhetoric of the left, the pragmatic republicanism of the liberal centre, and the more traditional conservatism of the Catholic and Protestant centre right.

Keywords:   Nazi movement, occultism, border science, pagan mythology, Hitler, Nazi Party, Thule Society, supernatural imaginary, Depression-era Germany

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