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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780965982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780965987
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 0.7 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book, as with most Osprey offerings is short but packed with useful information. I highly recommend it for game masters wanting to plumb the depths of Nazi occult activities in a future campaign. There is even a short passage at the end that implies a sequel may be in the works for this book. I truly hope so." - --Livingdice.com

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A fun, pseudo-factual examination of the Nazi experiments with black magic, mystical artefacts, mythical creatures, and other aspects of the dark occult.

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An entertaining text that will be very useful for gamers and those generally interested in the occult and the fantastic from alternate realities to the Cthulhu mythos. This book blends legend, myth and reality rather skilfully. As always with Osprey publications, it is very well illustrated, easy to navigate and helpfully explanatory. However, for those of you wanting to find out the facts about National Socialist links to the occult then this volume is not for you. Rather you should see Nicholas Goodrick Clarke's scholarly 'the Occult Roots of Nazism' or perhaps as an introduction, Ken Anderson's useful 'Hitler and the Occult'.
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The occult history of the Third Reich underpinned many aspects of its belief system, and was ultimately culpable in the persecution - and extermination - of millions. While the more esoteric aspects of this history are rooted in hard facts, the internet is full of frankly bonkers theories about UFOs, werewolves and armies of zombie soldiers. Thankfully, this book does not reinforce the appalling revisionist history that surrounds Nazi science, and adds a healthy dose of fantastical speculation to ensure that we are reading fiction, mixed with some fairly unpalatable facts about the regime's obsession with eugenics, racial profiling and all the rest of the theories that have been consigned to the dustbin of history. This is an energetic and entertaining read, and my only criticism is that it doesn't go far enough in implicating the role of Himmler's occult obsession with the holocaust. There is one story missing from the book that would help to rebalance this: the alleged disappearance of a Gestapo agent in the genizah of Prague's Old-New Synagogue while investigating the legend of the Golem. What a righteous conclusion that would have been.
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I like this book as pure entertainment. It is well written and contains many good ideas. The book is a mock serious historical look at the occult forces at work in the Third Reich. It is based on documented historical events and people, but with the authors own entertaining and wild speculations thrown in on top. This means unfortunately, that for anything but entertainment I find it a bit frustrating that the book does not distinguish more clearly between fact and fiction. This critique may be a bit unfair. It does seem to be almost a defining trait of the whole "alternate history" genre. And normally I find this quite interesting. But with a subject as obscure and steeped in myth as this, it becomes very confusing that you cannot easily separate the documented historical facts from the speculations of the author. This especially since the links between Nazism and occultism are actually often much stranger than you would assume. I think it would have been easy to mark somehow where the author left established history and ventured into his own speculation. This could probably be done without even breaking the mock serious historical tone of the book. Had this been done, the book could also have worked as a serious primer for a very interesting subject, or enabled the reader to substitute his or her own speculations on a "true" historical foundation. But as it is, our only choice is to accept the authors entire vision as it is. And of course the lack of any notes or references does nothing to help further study either.

Still recommended though.
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Really enjoyed reading this book which seemed to blur fact and fiction. All manner of topics dealing with Nazi occulticism and the supernatural are covered here from the origins of Germanic neo-paganism in the early 1900s to Nazi flying saucers in the final days of the Third Reich in May 1945. Other topics include the zero-point energy of the Hans Kammler 'bell', the Spear of Destiny, Ahnenerbe organisation, Black Sun and Wewelsburg castle, Holy Grail and werewolves, all of which have the typical strand of racial superiority running through it. Really bizarre but fascinating.
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Quite interesting book with myths spanning from the true and documented to the quite far fetched. I never knew that Raiders of the Lost Arc contanied so much reality ;-)
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