The murderous Third Reich was built on the back of hate, violence, and an adoration for all things supernatural
HITLER'S sick Nazi regime was obsessed with the occult, and used to look for supernatural inspiration to justify their evil actions.
The murderous Third Reich wasn't just built on the back of hate and violence, it was also underpinned by an adoration for all things occult.
The Nazis were always obsessed with the supernatural, and Hitler himself was a great believer in all sorts of outlandish conspiracies and magical prophecies.
This occult fixation went so far that the SS even established a division to find evidence that witches were real - and had been hunted to extinction by Jews.
It sounds like the plot of a terrible book, but the SS Witches Division was all too real.
Members of this division, founded by Himmler, scoured eastern Europe throughout the second world war for evidence that "wise women" had been persecuted in a Jewish-Catholic inquisition.
They believed that the witches they were looking for were of true German blood, and used their alleged extinction as another excuse for their racial hatred towards Jews.
Himmler studied up on medieval devil worship and was fixated on the idea that witches once roamed eastern Europe
In it, he explains how the Nazi's misguided sense of racial superiority came from a wacky doctrine called World Ice Theory, which Hitler adopted as the party's official cosmology.
Believers of the warped and discredited worldview claimed the white "Aryan" man didn't evolve like other humans, and was instead created by "divine sperm" from space.
As an extension of this supernatural theory, Nazis convinced themselves that Jesus Christ was a white Aryan, and shared their "superior" blood.
Astrology also played a huge role in the Nazi empire, with deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess employing a personal astrologer to draw his horoscopes.
Propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels was just as fixated.
Having read prophesies by French future-teller Nostradamus, Goebbels convinced himself that his predictions pointed to Britain being on the verge of defeat.
Other occult practices throughout Hitler's Reich included the tendency for naval captains to use "magical" pendulums when looking for British boats.
They would hold the pendulum over a map, and believed that any violent swings would indicate a British boat was lurking in the waters nearby.
Brits, on the other hand, used radar.