Digging for Hitler: The Nazi Archaeologists Search for an Aryan Past

Author(s): David Barrowclough 

ISBN: 9781781555002
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The true story of the Nazi’s search for archaeological treasures behind the Indiana Jones films.

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  • A band of Nazi archaeologists led by Himmler on a secret mission to Tibet as well as searching for Atlantis, the ‘home of the Nordic race’

  • Fully illustrated and a previously untold story behind the Indiana Jones films

  • Sacred Sanskrit texts as keys to Nordic roots and ancient Indian civilisation

  • Excavations in Czechoslovakia to find ‘Germanic culture’

In the build-up to the Second World War, the Nazis established a band of specialists, the SS-Ahnenerbe, under the command of Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Wirth. Their aim was to prove the superiority of the Aryan race and with it the right of the Germans to rule Europe. The occult figured as a key feature in many of these increasingly desperate research efforts.

Expeditions were sent to Iceland, Tibet, Kafiristan, North Africa, Russia, the Far East, Egypt, South America and the Arctic. The chief administrator was Dr Wolfram Sievers who conducted medical experiments on prisoners in concentration camps and was responsible for the looting of historic artefacts considered ‘Germanic’ for ‘return’ to Germany. He rewarded those academics that took part with high military office while those academics that criticised the SS-Anenerbe were carted off to concentration camps where they faced certain death.

Digging for Hitler: The Nazi Archaeologists Search for an Aryan Past tells the true history of the real life villains behind the Indiana Jones films. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction!

BOOK ISBN 9781781555002
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 256 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 September 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 60 black-and-white photographs



David Barrowclough is a historian and archaeologist at the University of Cambridge. He has a special interest in the role that archaeology played in supporting Nazi ideology in 1930s Germany, a topic that he has researched extensively. Also, he is the author of a number of academic and popular books on archaeology and history and has acted as an archaeological consultant for the BBC.