Ernterfest : A Halloween Story

Bones at Majdanek (Courtesy of http://www.jewishgen.org/)

Bones at Majdanek (Courtesy of http://www.jewishgen.org/)

The research I undertook for “The Watch: The Secret War for the Soul of Germany” was designed to flesh out a fictional approach to the many questions about the occult influences at work in the decades of German history prior to World War II. The work led me into many dark corners, not places I would have chosen to go, not places I would have chosen to linger. One of the questions I sought to explore was the idea that hidden deep behind the politics of the NDSAP was a formalized magical ‘master plan’ designed to empower the Nazi regime.

This was proposed in the 1960s by authors Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier (The Morning of the Magicians, Destiny Books). Further research over the years led to the origins of occult thinking in Germany from the 19th into the early 20th century. Until the advent of the Internet most of the publications on the subject were obscure, hard to find and sometimes deliberately held secret. One was “The Occult Significance of Blood,” by Rudolf Steiner, the man who founded Anthroposophy. An Austrian, Steiner lived in Germany and in 1907 he published the 44 page volume in which he discussed the reasons why human blood was deemed so important in magical operations. He wrote: “He who gains power over a man’s blood gains power over the man.”

Steiner suggests that blood, as a magical fluid, contains the spiritual wisdom of the race to which it belongs. Each person of that race is a small part of the spiritual wisdom of the race, that ‘sense-experience’ of the past is active in the blood–a reference perhaps to the so-called Akashic Record.

I found these ideas later reflected in the writings of Guido von List and Lanz von Lebensfels, two occultists read by Adolf Hitler and, in the case of Lebensfels, possibly one of his mentors. Lebensfels was a virulent anti-semite who published tracts calling for the spilling of Jewish blood and the burning of the bodies as sacrifice to the Aryan gods.

Steiner, who died in 1927 as the Nazi party was taking shape, was vilified by the Nazi press–even Hitler penned an article against him in his own newspaper. By 1925 he was being attacked during lecture appearances and had to leave Munich for his own safety. He was accused of being under the influence of Jewish factions in Germany, of being a Jew, even. Why? Perhaps it was because Steiner well understood the black magical motivation behind the Nazi plans to “solve the Jewish question.”

Rudolph Steiner (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Rudolph Steiner (Courtesy Wikipedia)

It comes as no surprise then, to later find Heinrich Himmler, the “Black Priest” of the Nazi movement devising methods to spill Jewish blood and incinerate the corpses just as Lanz demanded. Could it be that the Nazi regime gained ‘power’ over Jewish blood and by spilling it they ‘empowered’ their own race blood?

Hitler scorned intellectualism, holding that race memory and its “spiritual science” was more important. He believed (as List maintained) that wisdom was to be found in the legends and myths of the Aryan race–that this was more important than the experimental science of the day. The words strongly echo Steiner’s 1907 article. Hitler found much wisdom in the occult knowledge hidden in the Medieval legend of Parsival. His plans for the “lebensraum” to be stolen from nations to the east as far as Russia was part of a plan to return to Germans to the simpler days of love of soil and harvest, a time when Aryan Germans would be the Barons, the Ubermensch served by a peasant slave force from inferior nations.

Pagan rites and festivals thus loom large in the Nazi background–and one chilling episode now begins to raise echoes of the great and hidden magical master plan behind the Nazi regime.

There is no Halloween in the German festival calendar–but there is Erntedankfest, a November harvest festival that is an echo (as with similar festivals in other countries) of ancient pagan rites. In 1943 the war was beginning to unravel for Germany. On November 3rd the SS launched “Aktion Erntefest” (Operation Harvest Festival) at Majdanek Concentration Camp in Poland. 500 men shot and buried 83,000 Jews, Poles and other prisoners in the space of two days.

As with other burials after mass killings, the Germans later returned to these sites, exhumed the bodies and burned them. Supposedly they were destroying the evidence of their actions. It is easy enough to write these words, hardest of all to even begin to grasp the magnitude of such an evil act. Most chilling is the possibility that there could have been a connection between this ‘harvest massacre’ and a magical ritual to further ‘empower’ the Nazi cause at a time when it was needed.

 

Lest it ever be forgotten, I quote from

“COMMUNIQUE OF THE POLISH-SOVIET EXTRAORDINARY COMMISSION FOR INVESTIGATING THE CRIMES COMMITTED BY THE GERMANS IN THE MAJDANEK EXTERMINATION CAMP IN LUBLIN”

 

(http://www.jewishgen.org/forgottenCamps/Camps/MajdanekReport.html#5)


The principal instruments of these atrocitics are Obergruppanfuehrer Globocnik-Chief of the SS and SD in Lublin; Wendler-ex-Governor of the Lublin Wojew=F2dstwo; Sturmbannfuehrer Dominnik-Chief of thc SS and SD in Lublin; Sturmbannfuehrer Liski-Chief of Prisoner of War Camps in Poland; Standartenfuehrer Koch-Chief of Camps; Obersturmfuehrer Kegel; Hauptsturmfuehrer Melzer-Deputy Commandant of the camp; Hauptsturmfuehrer Kloppmann; Obersturmfuehrer Tumann; Oberscharfuehrer Musfeld; Oberscharfuehrer Kostial; camp doctors Hauptscharfuehrer Erich Gruen, Hauptscharfuehrer Rindfleisch and Hauptsturmfuerer Blanke; Untersturmfuehrer Wende, Chief of the crematorium and all the other persons acting in the role of executioners and guilty of exterminating innocent people.

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  1. Excellent article… a lot of it VERY familiar to me.. as I lived there so long… Most Germans really dislike being drawn into discussions having to to do with ANYTHING about this subject, Hitler, the war… etc. Most of the young don’t even know what the entire Occult issue was during the 3rd Reich and all that preceded it. Fortunately, you didn’t have to talk to many, if you had maps, and a little history.. you could stand in the very places much of this happened… the wall of suffering and horror was palpable, but you could not look away. Sometimes, it made me ashamed.

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