What role did the occult really play in the Third Reich?
Sinister tales circulate about the occult roots of Nazi Germany, but little documentation has ever been uncovered — until now. The Secret King reveals the true story of Heinrich Himmler’s “Rasputin,” the magus Karl Maria Wiligut, commissioned by Himmler to write private reports on runes and ancient Germanic traditions, and to preside over secret SS ritual ceremonies. Translated into English for the first time, documents seen within this book allow a glimpse into the strange world that enchanted high-ranking officials of the notorious totalitarian state.
Now fully revised and expanded, The Secret King contains:
- The essay “The Myth and Reality of Nazi Occultism” and a biography of Wiligut’s turbulent life that explores his magical worldview in detail
- Annotated translations of all Wiligut’s major writings, including his mantra invocations, the mysterious “Halgarita Charms,” and the Gotos-Kalanda
- Himmler’s own report of an SS name-giving ritual, attended by the inner circle of SS leaders and presided over by Wiligut
- An exclusive interview with Wiligut’s private SS secretary, Gabriele Dechend