The Jewish Roots Of Nazi Occultism

By Theodore Shoebat

Why would Nazis look to Kabbalism? To have a better understanding of the future of ethno-nationalism — which is rising today — I think we need to reevaluate our conventional view of Nazism. In the time of Christ, the Jewish elites saw themselves as a master race, saved by their blood. Hence why St. John the Baptist told them: “do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matthew 3:9) Nazis, too, saw themselves as the superior race. The parallel between present day Judaism and Nazism, was made by GK Chesterton when he said:

“If there is one outstanding quality in Hitlerism it is its Hebraism …The new Nordic Man has all the worst faults of the worst Jews: jealousy, greed, the mania of conspiracy, and above all, the belief in a Chosen Race.”

The head ideologue for the Nazi Party, Alfred Rosenberg, was proven to be Jewish. The Hungarian-Jewish journalist, Franz Szell, spent a year investigating Alfred Rosenberg’s family roots and concluded that he had “no drop of German blood” in his veins. Szell wrote that among Rosenberg’s ancestors were only “Latvians, Jews, Mongols, and French.” Szell communicated his findings to Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, German foreign minister Konstantin von Neurath, and others, and for this he was punished with deportation by Lithuanian authorities on September 15, 1936. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published Szell’s research on Rosenberg in its 15 September 1937 issue.

Why would Jews involve themselves in a German nationalist cause? This same question could be asked about many Jewish activists today: Why would Pamela Geller, an American Jew, involve herself with a Danish Nazi, Anders Gravers? Why is Kent Ekeroth, a Swedish Jew, a major member of the Sweden Democrats, the Nazi party in Sweden?

When we speak of the occult, what one rarely hears is how heavily influenced it is by Jewish occultism, or the Kabbalah. I am not speaking about new age occultism, but ancient hardline occultism. The reputable historian Richard Kieckhefer has written a fascinating discourse on a 15th century manuscript of witchcraft from Munich. The book instructs the occultist on magic circles: outlining a circle on the ground and writing the names of demons around it, and then placing oneself in the middle of the circle to conjure the diabolical spirits. While European occultists stole things from Christian liturgy and mixed them with occultic rites, there was a significant amount of Cabalistic influence in medieval and Renaissance occultism. Writing on the Munich manuscript, Kieckhefer writes:

“Other elements in the work resemble Jewish or Muslim magic. Some formulas involve magical incantation of names of God, as in Jewish magical practice, while the recitation of magical names for Christ is in effect a Christian version of the same thing. Indeed, a great deal of Jewish and Muslim magic seems to have revolved about the basic notion that by magical formulas one can compel the demons to come and do one’s bidding.” (Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages, intro, p. 6)

So deep was Kabbalism in the European occult circles, that one will find Kabbalism in the root of Nazis occultism.

The Nazi Party was linked to the Thule Society. One of the Nazis’ major occult influences, Adam Alfred Rudolf Glauer (known as Rudolf Freiherr von Sebottendorff), was a leading member of the Thule Society. While living in Turkey, Glauer was introduced to the occult by Hussein Pasha, a Muslim Sufi who had a deep interest in the dark arts. While he was in Bursa, Turkey, Glauer became acquainted with the Termudi family, a very wealthy Jewish family that had immigrated to Turkey in the 16th century, and who was involved in banking and the silk trade. The Termudi family was also deep in the Masonic Lodge, with the patriarch of the Termudi family initiating Glauer into the Lodge. Mr. Termudi also gave Glauer his collection of books on alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Sufism and Kabbalism (See Luhrssen, Hammer of the Gods, p. 42) What is amazing is that a leading Nazi ideologue, Glauer (or von Sebottendorf), who promoted racism and eugenics, was heavily involved in the Kabbalah, and not only this, but that Kabbalism was the first occult system that he studied. As British historian Mark Sedgwick writes:

“Von Sebottendorf spent most of the rest of his life in Turkey, taking Ottoman citizenship in 1911. While in Turkey he studied first the Kabbala (the Jewish esoteric tradition) with a Jewish Kabbalist in Brussa, who introduced him to a Masonic lodge in that city in the 1890s. He went on to study an unusual variety of Sufism with some Bektashi Sufis who were also Masons. From them von Sebottendorf learned more numerology (a spiritual science in which Bektashis had always been prominent) than Sufism.” (Sedgwick, Against the Modern World, p. 65) 

The Bektashi Sufis taught Glauer more on occult numerology than they did Islamic Sufusm. But, occult numerology is at the center of Kabbalist occultism, and so the Sufis were teaching Glauer an occult system that is very much paralleled with Kabbala. You can see the influence that the Kabbalah had on Glauer in his own book, Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons, in which he talks about interpreting ‘sacred’ acronyms of Islamic declarations in a kabbalistic manner. In one part of the book Glauer writes:

“Thus ALM is supposed to mean: amara li muhamed—“Muhammad commanded me to write.” Arabic commentators view these letters as holy abbreviations. Thus ALM mean:  allah latif madshid— “God is good”—or as another thinks: ana lahu alamu—“I am the God who knows.” For others the letters are to be interpreted in a kabbalistic sense.”

In the Quran, several chapters or Surahs begin with “sacred” Arabic letters, like Alif, lam, mim (ALM). This use of letters to convey a spiritual message is reminiscent to the use of Hebrew letters for the same purpose in the Kabbalah.   

In another part of the same book, Sebottendorf, writing on alphabet occultism, says:

“We clearly see this in the Islamic world, but it is also apparent when we look at the Greek alphabet, the Germanic runes, and perhaps most familiarly the Hebrew tradition of Kabbalah.The Arabic writing system is based upon that of the Old Semitic tradition to which the Hebrew script also belongs. The names of the letters go back to a Canaanite source, but the Arabic names do not originally convey any meaning beyond merely being abstract names for the letters. The letter names do later take on secondary meanings.The ordering of the letters is also originally unique to the Arabic tradition, and not based on the Old Semitic tradition. For esoteric purposes the letters have at times been rearranged to reflect the older tradition.”

A major Nazi influenced by the Kabbala while expounding on Islamic occultism? I thought the Nazis hated all things Jewish. Why, if the Nazis were so hateful of all things Jewish, would this Nazi love the Kabbalah, and why did he take books on the Kabbala from, and get initiated into the Masonic Lodge by, a Jewish banker, Mr. Termudi? These Nazis who partook in this occult system raged against the true Synagogue of Christ and the Tent of Shem, and entered the Synagogue of Satan.

The very foundation of the Nazi’s hatred for the Jews was a hatred for the true Judaism, Christianity. Israel Zolli, the chief rabbi of Rome, converted to Christianity after being so touched by the charity and compassion of the Church when it rescued so many tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazi death camps. When asked why he left the Synagogue for the Church, Zolli replied:

“But I have not given it up. Christianity is the completion or crown of the Synagogue. For, the Synagogue was a promise, and Christianity is the fulfillment of that promise. The Synagogue pointed to Christianity: Christianity presupposes the Synagogue. So you see, one cannot exist without the other. What I converted to was the living Christianity.”

The Nazis, at their very core, were occultic, and at the foundation of European occultism, one finds the Kabbalah. Yes, there are remnants of pre-Christian European pagan occultism, but much of this was destroyed by the Catholic Church. Kabbalah, on the other hand, is a system of occultism that comes from the ancient Near East, and that has been preserved, by Jewish occultists, for centuries. So for centuries, from the Medieval epoch to now, serious occultists in the West, who have wanted to partake in a system of occultism that has been preserved and perpetuated from antiquity, will look to the Kabbalah. Kabbalah, in the words of Paul Roland, “forms the foundation of the Western magical tradition” (Nazis and the Occult, p. 26). This is very true.

Perusing through occult books from the Renaissance, one sees everywhere the influence of Jewish occultism. One of the pioneers of the European occult tradition was a German Renaissance writer named Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. In 1533, Agrippa published a book entitled, Occult Philosophy (De occulta philosophia), which taught on magic and was heavily influenced by Jewish Kabbalists, and the first European to seriously push Kabbalism in Europe, Pico della Mirandola. Aggripa came into contact with “celestial” forces, that is, he communicated with diabolical entities. “That magic is natural,” wrote Aggripa, “which having observed the forces of all things natural and celestial and having examined by painstaking inquiry the sympathy among those things, brings into the open powers hidden and stored away in nature.” Agrippa also pushed for astrology, writing that: “Magic is so connected and conjoined with astrology that anyone who professes magic without astrology accomplishes nothing.” Agrippa wrote on occultism in rebellion against the Dominican inquisitors, and thus it is not surprising that he was sympathetic towards the Protestant revolt, since one rebellion always hinges on another rebellion.

There was also John Dee, a very famous English occultist who followed the ways of Aggripa and studied the Kabbalah and participated in Hebrew occult numerology which he held as the key to understanding the Scriptures.  (See Greengrass, Christendom Destroyed, ch. 7, pp. 196-199) Even the swastika which Hitler adopted as the symbol of his National Socialist party, can be found in Kabbalism. Hitler was inspired to adopt the Swastika by a dentist named Friedrich Krohn (interestingly, this is a very Jewish last name), an occultist and member of Glauer’s Thule Society, which was heavily influenced by Kabbalism.  As we read in a report from the New York Times:

The Nazi party claimed it around 1920. In ”Mein Kampf,” Hitler, who had artistic aspirations as well as political ones, described ”his quest to find the perfect symbol for the party.” He toyed with the idea of using swastikas. But it was Friedrich Krohn, a dentist from Starnberg, who designed the flag with a black swastika in its center. ”Hitler’s major contribution,” Mr. Heller writes, ”was to reverse the direction of the swastika” so that it appears to spin clockwise.


When occultists enter Christian circles pushing their sorceries under the masquerade of “charismatic Christianity” or some other insidious contrivance, there are always preachers who expose them. Yet, we do not find this amongst Jews when it comes to the Kabbalah. This is because what we conventionally consider “Judaism,” whole heartedly accepts Kabbalism. In other words, “Judaism” as we know it, is littered with occultism, just as as Nazism was littered with occultism. 

Evil has no race. Evil only moves, it grows, and it never gives up.

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