Author(s): David Barrowclough
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!
|234 x 156 mm
|15 September 2016
|60 black-and-white photographs