Hitler's Library

I came across an article in The Atlantic, written by Timothy W. Ryback, about Hitler's Forgotten Library that caught my eye. Apparently, Hitler was a voracious reader, and the books he read and collected numbered in thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, many of which were destroyed at the wars end.

According to Ryback, Hitler read books about military tactics, but he also read or collected books about philosophy, religion, ordinary, everyday adventure novels, health, architecture, theater, painting, and sculpture, the occult, and...wait a minute...did I say, "occult"?

Hitler it seems had more than a passing interest in the occult,  and in things like "destiny" perhaps even divine destiny. He thought himself chosen to by God to do the things he did and to deliver to the world, a new social order..... A new social order, hmmm...where have we heard that before? Sounds a lot like a new world order doesn't it? We all believe that there is currently a movement afoot to create a new world order, what we don't know is whether or not that is a good thing. I suppose it depends largely on your point of view and who you are.  If you are part of the new world order, that's a good thing, if you are one of the peoples who doesn't fit into the new world order, that is another, much like Nazi Germany in the 1930's and 1940's.

According to Ryback's account of the books in the Hitler library, the Nazi leader also read extensively on religion, something he outwardly appeared to have nothing by distain for. Ryback found 130 books on religious and spiritual subjects, topics from Occidental Occultism to Eastern Mysticism  and including the teachings of Jesus Christ. It seems that although Hitler may not have had much use for organized religion of the day, it didn't mean he didn't understand the significance of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and others. In fact, he may have actually lived by some of the teachings, particularly the believe in yourself ideas, and the ideas that lead men to greatness. As you know, madmen often are very intelligent, and can find reason for their beliefs and ideas within anything. It is possible that Adolf Hitler was doing exactly that. His reading of religous books may have only fostered his idea of destiny for himself, and his belief that God, if there was a God, was on his side. 

Hitler's reading of religious ideas and doctrines could have been a case of "know thine enemy"  and his reading and study of religion could have been largely for research into the ideas and religious thoughts of the rest of the world, Christians and Jews, as well as Muslims and Buddists etc. One thing is certain, the guy didn't enter into things half baked, he appears to have done his research first. I guess you don't set out to create a new world order without first having intimate knowledge of the old world order.

Another book of interest that Ryback found in the collection, was a book written by the mystic and prophesizer, Nostradamus, who's predictions included the rise to power of someone who, "with his tongue, would seduce many people." 

Believers of Nostradamus have claimed that this was a prediction of the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. Whether Hitler believed that himself remains to be seen, but in all likelihood, given his  possession of a copy of the book, says he knew about it, and it seems likely that he believed it to represent himself and perhaps even add credence to who he was, and what he perceived was his destiny. 

That Nostradamus doesn't exactly paint a positive picture of the person he predicts rising to power, would not matter to Hitler, because, as with other ideas, he would see it the way he wanted to see it, with himself in a positive light and twist whatever he needed to twist to suit his own ends. Remember, Hitler believed what he was doing was 'the right thing' for Germany and I suppose, the rest of the world as well.

Hitler's self taught knowledge of  religion, philosophy and the occult cannot be discounted. Nor can we discount the fact that he is largely self-educated, having given himself an education through voracious reading, some of it during his time in prison.  It's interesting to note that among the texts, Ryback found many which had passages underlined, or had handwritten notes in the margins, obstensibly put their by Hitler, who believed in studying and remembering certain specific passages, sentences of books, along with whatever ideas he learned from the book(s)

His occult interest is well, interesting, to say the least. His skill at organizing, his use of symbols and symbolism, many of which can also be linked to the occult or other mysterious groups and societies is interesting to me. The skull and skull and cross bones symbol for instance, held in high regard by Masonic groups, as well as others, like the Skull and Bones, and even the Knight's Templars, not to mention 17th century pirates, themselves probably members of the Masonic Lodge or the Knight's Templars.

Now I am not linking Hitler to the Masonic Lodge,  Knight's Templar, or any of the other esoteric groups, for that matter, not in any way, in fact, as far as I know,  he persecuted  members and particularly leaders of Masonic Lodges, sending many to concentration camps, and linking them to the Jews. However, he knew quite a bit about Freemasonry, including their use of hierarchical organization and initiation through symbolic rites. In fact, he incorporated many of Freemasonry's ideas into the design of his Nazi Party. His thoughts on the Masonic Lodge, taken from  Hitler Speaks, by Hermann Rauschning. Andover: Chapel River Press, 1939;  is as as follows:

"All the supposed abominations, the skeletons and death’s heads, the coffins and the mysteries, are mere bogeys for children. But there is one dangerous element and that is the element I have copied from them. They form a sort of priestly nobility. They have developed an esoteric doctrine not merely formulated, but imparted through the symbols and mysteries in degrees of initiation. The hierarchical organization and the initiation through symbolic rites, that is to say, without bothering the brain but by working on the imagination through magic and the symbols of a cult, all this has a dangerous element, and the element I have taken over. Don't you see that our party must be of this character...? An Order, that is what it has to be — an Order, the hierarchial Order of a secular priesthood... Ourselves or the Freemasons or the Church — there is room for one of the three and no more... We are the strongest of the three and shall get rid of the other two."

Whether or not Hitler said this remains to be seen, as there is some dispute as to how many times Hermann Rauschning actually interviewed the Nazi leader for his book, versus how much he learned from others, however, it seems logical, and their is no disputing Hitler's use of some of the Masonic methods for creating his "brotherhood" He certainly knew something about the Lodge, and it's goings on. He knew of their symbols and the importance of those symbols in the development and organization of the Lodge, and the loyalty of it's members to each other. Obviously, having that knowledge would be useful to a man trying to create a new brotherhood of men who would give their lives for each other and their leader.

Personally, I believe some of Hitler's  officers could very well have been members of the Masonic Lodge. Certainly there were Masons among the soldiers and officers of his military, although whether or not they made that fact known remains to be seen. Apparently in pre-war Germany there were several groups or 'versions' of German Masonic Lodges, not all of which were out of favor with Hitler.

Regardless, what I am suggesting is that it is interesting how Hitler incorporated some of the same symbolism into his military's uniforms, and how he too, shared an interest in the occult, philosophy, history, and a new social order for the world. It is apparent that he had a decent knowledge of Masonic ideas and doctrines as well as the organization of the Lodge.

He just had his own ideas of what that New World Order looked like.....

I highly recommend you read Timothy W. Ryback's article in The Atlantic, you can read the entire post here, Hitler's Forgotten Library by Timothy W. Ryback

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