The Historical Roots of Nazism Trilogy

Unholy Alliance
A History of Nazi lnvolvement with the Occult



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The Historical Roots of Nazism Trilogy


Unholy Alliance

A History of Nazi lnvolvement with the Occult

(This Book)


Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler

The Hitler Legacy

The Nazi Cult in Diaspora:

How it was Organized, How it was Funded, and

Why it Remains a Threat to Global Security in the Age of Terrorism


Peter Levenda


Lake Worth, FL

Published in 2012 by Ibis Press A division of Nicolas-Hays, Inc.


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Copyright © 1995, 2002, 2019 by Peter Levenda Foreword © 2002 by Norman Mailer

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic

or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information

storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Nicolas-Hays, Inc. Reviewers may quote brief passages.

ISBN: 978-0-89254-190-4

Ebook: 978-0-89254-680-0

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Levenda, Peter, author.

Title: Unholy alliance : a history of Nazi involvement with the occult /

Peter Levenda ; with a foreword by Norman Mailer.

Description: New and Expanded Third Edition. | Lake Worth, FL

: Ibis Press,

an imprint of Nicolas Hays, Inc., 2019. | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019021063 (print) | LCCN 2019022291 (ebook) | ISBN

9780892541904 (hc : alk. paper) Subjects: LCSH: National socialism and occultism. |

Occultism–Germany–History. | Germany–Politics and

government–1933-1945. | Mythology, Germanic. | Secret societies–Germany.

Classification: LCC DD256.5 .L49 2019 (print) | LCC DD256.5 (ebook) | DDC


LC record available at LC ebook record available at

Third edition book production and cover design by Studio 31


Printed in the United States of America

To Rose and Vivica (“Alex”) in lieu of the Citadel


Prologue to the Third Edition by Peter Levenda
Foreword to the Second Edition by Norman Mailer
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: At the Mountains of Madness
One Of Blood, Sex, and the Rune Magicians
Two Volk Magic
Three The Occult Messiah
Four The Order of the Temple of the East: Sex, Spies, and Secret
Five Cult War 1934–1939
Six The Dangerous Element: The Ahnenerbe and the Cult of the SS
Seven Lucifer’s Quest for the Holy Grail
Eight The Psychics Search: For Mussolini, the Bismarck, Assassins,
and the Human Mind
Nine Cult Counterstrike
Ten Walpurgisnacht, 1945
Eleven Aftermath
Twelve Is Chile Burning? The Overthrow of Allende, the Murder of
Letelier, and the Role of Colonia Dignidad
Thirteen Nazi Occultism Today
Epilogue: Hasta La Vista, Baby


Prolo gue to the Third Editio n

hen I first published Unholy Alliance in 1995, it was part of a much larger project (at least, in my mind). It had originally been conceived as a single chapter of a proposed volume on spiritual influences in history called Sinister Forces. As it happened, both Unholy Alliance and Sinister Forces were runaway trains and took off to stations unknown and


unsuspected when I started them.

Now, twenty-four years later, what began as an inquiry into the degree to which religious and spiritual ideas and practices influence the lives of those who may not share those ideas or practices has turned into more than a dozen books on subjects ranging from alchemy and magic to doing business in China, religion, Freemasonry, Kabbalah, and—of course—the Nazis. I was even tapped to collaborate on a three-volume exploration of the UFO Phenomenon by Tom DeLonge, but that’s another story.

In the years since the first edition of Unholy Alliance was published the world has gone through a lot of changes, but the more things change—as they say—the more they stay the same. The pernicious philosophy of Nazism is still with us, now more than at any time since the end of World War II. As I went on a global snipe hunt ten years ago for evidence that Adolf Hitler survived the war, what I discovered instead was

incontrovertible evidence that the Nazi Party apparatus had indeed survived, and thrived, in spots as far away from Bavaria as Batavia (the present-day Jakarta). I wandered through a cemetery in Surabaya, looking for the remains of a man the locals believe is Hitler. I spent months in Singapore analyzing what I could of a dead Nazi’s written record of his escape to Asia and of the friends he maintained while he lived in exile. And all the while I was doing that, the world around me became more and more violent, more and more angry, and more and more intolerant. I may not have found the corpse of Adolf Hitler, but I did find his ghost.

Unholy Alliance is the first volume of three that I have written so far on the Nazis, the other two being Ratline and The Hitler Legacy. There is much in these volumes you will not find anywhere else, at least not in English. Ratline describes my search for Hitler’s proposed escape route to Southeast Asia and uncovers a very real Nazi and his wife who lived on a remote tropical island east of Java. The Hitler Legacy follows that up with the discovery of the Nazi’s address book and includes, as an appendix, what seems to be Luftwaffe pilot and ODESSA personality Hans Ulrich Rudel’s address book, complete with every address and phone number of his contacts throughout the world including the United States. Little did I realize it at the time, but these three volumes have a lot to say about what is taking place around the world as this third edition is being published. I’m not pleased by that, or proud, or even smug. I thought I was writing history, but it turned out I was writing current events.

Nevertheless, as I look back on these and the rest of my published work so far I can claim that I stand by every word. Where I speculated, I identified it as such. Otherwise, everything is based on documents and interviews, many of them published and available to anyone to cross- check. You may not agree with my conclusions (when I draw them) but at least I’ve given you a lot to work with!

My thanks go to Ibis Press for kindly agreeing to put this work back into circulation so quickly. My thanks also go to people from many countries who have contributed comments, additional information, and analysis and who wish to remain unidentified. I was contacted by several individuals with personal knowledge of some of the events in this book as well as in Ratline and The Hitler Legacy, all of whom have confirmed my data and supported my conclusions, for which I am forever grateful. Also, because

of the world in which we now live, family and friends also wish to remain anonymous. Their names, however, are written in the Book of Life.


Fore word to the Secon d Editio n

nholy Alliance is a stimulating book to read for anyone interested in Nazism, magic, the penetralia of history, the cults of the occult, and


the present agonizing anxiety of our lives. It is as if something larger than our educations, our sense of good and evil, our lives themselves, seems to be constricting our existence, and this anxiety illumines Unholy Alliance like a night-light in some recess of the wall down a very long corridor.

If magic is composed of a good many of those out-of-category forces that press against established religions, so magic can also be seen, in relation to technology at least, as the dark side of the moon. If a Creator exists in company with an opposite Presence (to be called Satan, for short), there is also the most lively possibility of a variety of major and minor angels, devils and demons, good spirits and evil, working away more or less invisibly in our lives.

For some, it is virtually a comfortable notion that magic is a practice that can exist, can even, to a small degree, be used, be manipulated (if often with real danger for the practitioner). For such men and women, the proposition is assured—magic most certainly does exist as a feasible process—even if the affirmative is obliged to appear in determinedly small

letters when posed against technology: (How often can a curse be as effective as a bomb?)

Nonetheless, given the many centuries of anecdotal and much-skewed evidence on the subject, it is still not irrational to assume—even if one has never felt its effects oneself—to assume, yes—phenomena of a certain kind can be regarded as magical in those particular situations where magic offers the only rational explanation for events that are otherwise inexplicable. Indeed, this is probably the common view. One explanation for the aggravated awe and misery that inhabited America in the days after the destruction of the Twin Towers was that the event was not only monstrous, but brilliantly effected in the face of all the factors that could have gone wrong for the conspirators. The uneasy and not-to-be-voiced hypothesis that now lived as a possibility in many a mind was that the success of the venture had been fortified by the collateral assistance of magic. Few happenings can be more terrifying to the modern psyche than the suggestion that magic is cooperating with technology. It is equal to saying that machines have a private psychology and large events, therefore, may be subject to Divine or Satanic intervention.

So let us at least assume that magic is often present as a salient element in the very scheme of things. Anyone who is offended by this need read no further. They will not be interested in Unholy Alliance. Its first virtue, after all, is in its assiduous detail, its close description of the events and ideas of the occultists who gathered around the Nazis as practitioners, fellow travelers, and in the case of Himmler and the SS, as dedicated acolytes, fortified cultists.

What augments the value of this work is the cold but understanding eye of the author. Since his knowledge of magic and magicians is intimate, one never questions whether he knows what he is writing about. Since he is also considerably disenchanted by the life practices of most of the magic workers, he is never taken in by assumptions of grandiosity or over-sweet New Age sentiments. He knows the fundamental flaw found in many occultists—it is the vice that brought them to magic in the first place— precisely their desire to obtain power over others without paying the price. The majority of occultists in these pages appear to be posted on the particular human spectrum that runs from impotence to greed. All too often, they are prone, as a crew, to sectarian war, all-out cheating, gluttony, slovenliness, ill will and betrayal. Exactly. They are, to repeat, at whatever

level they find themselves, invariably looking for that gift of the gods— power that comes without the virtue of having been earned.

The irony, of course, is that most of them, in consequence, pay large prices in ill health, failure, isolation, addiction, deterioration of their larger possibilities, even personal doom. Goethe did not conceive of Faust for too little.

Peter Levenda captures this paradox. What he also gives us is a suggestion that cannot be ignored: The occultists on both sides in the Second World War (although most particularly Himmler and the Nazis) did have some real effect on its history, most certainly not enough to have changed the outcome, but enough to have altered motives and details we have been taking for granted. What comes through the pages of Unholy Alliance is the canny political sense Hitler possessed in relation to the separate uses of magic and magicians. Levenda’s dispassionate treatment of charged evidence is managed (no small feat) in a way to enable us to recognize that Hitler almost certainly believed in magic, and also knew that such belief had to be concealed in the subtext of his speeches and endeavors. Open avowal could be equal to political suicide.

He was hell, therefore, on astrologers—and packed off many to concentration camps especially after Rudolf Hess’ flight to England in 1941, did his best (and was successful) in decimating the gypsy population of Europe, sneered publicly at seers, psychic gurus, fortunetellers, all the small fry of the occult movement. He saw them clearly as impediments to his own fortunes, negative baggage to his reputation. Yet Hitler gave his support to the man he made into the second most important Nazi in existence, Heinrich Himmler, an occultist of no small dimension.

It was as if Hitler lived within a particular Marxist notion. It was Engels’ dictum that “Quantity changes quality.” One potato is something you eat, a thousand potatoes are to be brought to market, and with a billion potatoes, corner the market. In parallel, a little magic practiced by a small magician can prove a folly or a personal enhancement, a larger involvement brings on the cannibalistic practices to be expected of a magicians’ society, and a huge but camouflaged involvement, the Nazi movement itself, with its black-shirted Knight Templars of SS men, becomes an immense vehicle that will do its best to drive the world into a new religion, a new geography, a new mastery of the future.

All of this is in Levenda’s book. It is an immense if obligatorily compressed thesis—the economies of publishing would never permit a one-thousand-page tome on this subject by a new author—and the potentially large virtues of the work suffer to a degree from over- compression—one feels the need to expand being held in much too close rein by the writer, but then, there are few daring and ambitious works that do not generate sizable flaws. Literature may be the most unforgiving of the goddesses!

In any event, I am delighted that Unholy Alliance is being republished because I have always found it a most provocative and valuable work on each of the three times I have read it, and have never come away without returning in my mind to the rich ore brought forth at the pit-head of virtually every page.


Prefa ce to the Secon d Editio n

n the years since 1995 when this book was first published, the author has had occasion to see some of his anxieties—predictions would be an


overstatement—come to sad fruition.

The very ending of this book’s final chapter, the quotation from Charles Manson that America’s children were “coming right at you,” came hideously to life with the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 in which children slaughtered their classmates with firearms. These same children had idolized the Nazis, and had selected Hitler’s birthday—April 20—as the day to launch their sickening offensive.