Heinrich Himmler, a SS Nazi chief, had a personal stash of over 13,000 occult and witchcraft books found in the Czech Republic recently. The stash was apparently discovered in a vault which had not been accessed since the 1950’s. It was found in National Library of the Czech Republic, near Prague.
Norwegian Masonic researcher, Bjørn Helge Horrisland, commented to the Norwegian newspaper, Verdens Gang, that some of the books came from the Norwegian order of Freemasons in Oslo. The books had been stolen during German occupation in World War II.
Himmler was obsessed with the occult and witchcraft, believing they would help the Aryan race become supreme in the world. His obsession undoubtedly surpassed Hitler’s interest in the occult. In 1935 he established “H Sonderkommando“, with the “H” standing for he German word “Hexe”, which translates as witch. The unit was tasked with finding material primarily on medieval witch hunts and witchcraft. They searched some 260 libraries and archives on the matter. This was the largest survey of witch-trial records in the history of Europe.
The Witch-Cult hypothesis, made famous by researcher Margaret Murray, had a follower in Himmler. He believed that the hypothesis explained to him that the inquisition conducted by the Catholic church was purposefully trying to repress an indigenous German pagan nature-based religion, völkisch, in a conspiracy against the Aryan race. Therefore, he collected as much as he could on the witch-trials. During which he found out he had an ancestor that was burned as a witch.
Himmler wanted to resurrect this ancient indigenous pagan German religion by reconstructing it with his collected “evidence”. His attempts also included anti-Christian propaganda. These actions led to Stuart Clark declaring the Nazi government as “Europe’s first and only ‘pro-witch‘ government.“
Though historians argue over whether the Nazis really needed these works. Some claim that their study of Germanic mythology was, at least, used to give their racist theories justification. While others believe that it was just their attempt to try to prove that the persecution of witches was really the Roman Catholic church’s attempt at destroying the ancient German race.
Other Nazi archaeology, too, was about racial superiority and concerned with finding the origins of the Aryan race. Himmler with another high ranking official, Darre, created Ahnererbe, to pursue this course, in 1935. A great amount of resources were devoted to funding this pursuit. Primarily, so the Nazi ideals of the Aryan supreme race could be more generally accepted by the public. This included trips to places such as Tibet where skeletal fragments would be measured by “anthropologists”, to “prove” the superiority of the Aryan race. (Tibet was thought to have information on the origins of the Aryans.)
In retrospect, Himmler is credited with being one of the founders of Esoteric Hitlerism. Being so deeply involved in such things as astrology, Himmler was the Nazi leader with the most occult tendencies out of the many of them. Being focused with pan-Aryanism race, as well as occultism, his attempts at constructing a pseudo-Germanic Neopagan religion, largely remained on paper. Even going so far to as list a bunch of officially approved pagan holidays.