Fairy tales about the "golden age", Atlantis and Camelot today remind us of a time when human destiny was determined by occult priests and their sacred objects, as well as esoteric principles that would bring happiness or misfortune.
All of these today are just fictional utopias or at best, romantic periods of pseudo-history that is interesting to everyone, but in which few really believe.
That is why the fact that such an occult movement existed in the 20th century in the heart of Europe sounds almost unbelievable!
Search for "sacred objects"
The Nazis were obsessed with proving their origins, which they thought were more ancient and "pure" than anyone else's. That is why Hitler started looking for the most secret world objects in 1933, which would support this claim.
"Spear of Destiny", Holy Grail, Excalibur… all this was on the lists of Nazis who, publicly or secretly, searched for these objects around the world, writes the portal Andrewgough.co.uk.
Some of the items were intended for Hitler's never-opened "Führer Museum", some ended up with high-ranking Nazi officials, such as Hermann Goering, while some were secretly sold to finance other Nazi activities. By the end of the war, the Third Reich had collected, abducted, or found thousands of "sacred objects" from around the world.
However, 1933 was significant for another reason. That year, the idea of a single center of Nazi ideology appeared. Heinrich Himmler, the notorious leader of the SS division, came to her first.
Himmler was not so much interested in the objects themselves as in the idea of creating a single center for his organization - a kind of "holy place" where Aryan idols would be worshiped and where real, and even more imaginary, German would be honored. past.
This led him to Wewelsburg, a dilapidated castle built in the late 17th century in the forests of West Germany.
The Romanovs had Rasputin, and the Nazis Viliguta
Historians say Himmler was fascinated by the triangular base of the castle, the non-Christian symbols in it and even more, by the fact that in the past it served as a place for torturing women who were accused of being witches.
After he was appointed chief of the German police in 1936, Himmler announced his plans to reconstruct and turn the castle into the ideological heart of the SS troops and their occult "center of the world."
In these plans, Himmler was not alone! Apart from Hitler, who wholeheartedly supported these ideas, the leader of the SS troupe also relied on the advice of Karl Maria Viligut, better known in history as "Himmler's Rasputin".
Viligut was one of the most mysterious figures of the Nazi party. In 1933, he was proclaimed the head of the Department of Prehistory and Early History, and Himmler was fascinated by his knowledge in the field of occultism and pre-Christian German tradition.
Viligut was everything the leader of the SS troupe wanted. He managed to twist his plans for Aryan domination into the scientific form of a superior and older race that was here long before any other.
Ironically, it was about a sick man. And literally! As early as 1924, Viligutu was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in the insane asylum where he was imprisoned, he was declared incapable of work. The reason for this was the frequent cases of domestic violence, and even more his insistence on the claim that he proved the origin of his ancestors from Vodan, the German equivalent of the Nordic god Odin.
And so Wewelsburg became the center of the Nazi cult. Himmler signed a hundred-year lease of the estate, and the pressure to recognize his version of German history as true became enormous. Jews were forbidden access to the entire area around the castle, and German archaeologists were forced to remain silent about their conclusions that there was in fact no evidence of Aryan heritage.
The castle was remodeled to become a grotesque version of the "Nazi Camelot". Himmler established the SS Court of Honor, and he also had a round table at which sat the 12 most important SS officers. The Nazis called the castle "Valhalla", and many rooms were given exotic names: "Grail", "King Arthur", "Arian"…
A special, ritual chamber under the east tower was designed in the castle. What exactly happened in this place has remained a secret to this day.
Unfulfilled plans that became a legend
Fortunately, these fanatics did not go far in realizing their plans. As the end of the Nazis, and their occult agendas, approached, Hitler ordered the destruction of everything the Allied army could use against him. This included Wevelsburg Castle.
On March 31, 1945, SS troops mined the castle. Fortunately, the lack of explosives ensured that only the southeast tower was damaged. Two days later, American troops arrived.
After that, things went fast - on April 30, 1945, Hitler and his wife Eva committed suicide, and Himmler did the same three weeks later.
Today, Wewelsburg Castle is a historical museum that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Hitler's obsession with myths and the search for "sacred objects" soon grew into the domain of legends, overshadowed by the real atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II