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Unholy Alliance reveals depth of Nazi mysticism

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Unholy Alliance, by Peter Levenda

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Unholy Alliance, an in-depth study of Nazi mysticism, was first published in 1995 and reissued in 2002. In this work, Peter Levenda takes us to a remote village in Argentina, where he is confronted by Nazis at Colonia Dignidad. Leaving us with a terrifying cliffhanger, he proceeds to explore the roots of the Nazi Party and its preoccupation with such occult mysteries as the origin of the Aryan race and powerful symbols and implements from the ancient past.

This heavily footnoted volume has over 400 pages, including a lengthy and useful index, a bibliography, front matter and back matter. In the center you will find black-and-white photographs that you probably have not seen before.

The text is easy to read, academic but far from dry. Each page reveals at least one tidbit or puzzle piece. If you think that you know how Madame Blavatsky’s writings influenced the Nazis, the well-researched information here will fill out a more complete picture. If you think that Hitler, who has been described as “hypnotic” and “demoiacal”, died in a bunker at the end of the war, you will learn to question that piece of official history. You will also learn that top Nazis such as Martin Bormann probably did survive the war and take refuge in South America.

The main thrust of the book, however, is an exploration of the mystical underpinnings that fueled hysteria in Hitler’s Germany andn continues to inspire neo-Nazis today. As a religious movement, Nazism possesses a greater power to persuade, entrance and guide its followers than any purely political movement.

Despite its length, this book is easy to read. It spins out an exciting tale of mystery, murder and bloody sacrifice that will stand your hair on end. And it offers an explanation for Hitler's disastrous decision to invade Russia, even though he knew that such an attack had resulted in defeat for Napoleon and others.

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