Heinrich Himmler & the SS
From 1919-1922, Himmler studied agronomy at the Munich Technische Hochschule following a short-lived apprenticeship on a farm and subsequent illness.
From late 1923 to early 1924, however, Himmler’s reading included books on spiritualism, second sight, astrology, telepathy and the like. Himmler was interested also in herbalism, rural life and agriculture – he was rather a “back-to-nature”, “New Age” sort of man. His activities and growing beliefs led him to renounce his once strong faith in the Catholic Church by the summer of 1924.
When Himmler joined the Nazi Party in 1925, he was already a member of the Thule society, which believed in the greatness of German history, reaching back to the year 9AD, when the Teutonic tribes defeated the Roman army.
It promoted the superiority of the Aryan race, an ancient northern European people.These ideas formed the basis of Nazi racial philosophy that was to have such an impact on history.
T H E S C H U T Z S T A F F E L
The SS structure was originally formed as a magic order.
Up until 1940, every SS commissioned officer was to take a special course in the runic magic.
The emblem “SS” is a double rune Sigel (see above) which is well known as a victory symbol.
The mystics say that it was the runic magic that paved the way for Nazism.
But all the magi were sent into concentration camps in 1940, and Hitler was doomed from that time onward.
Himmler joined the SS in 1925 as an SS-Führer (SS-Leader).
The Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron or defence corps), abbreviated to SS – using stylized “Armanen” Sig runes (see above) -was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
The SS was formed in 1925 under the then name “Saal-Schutz” (Assembly-Hall-Protection), intended for providing security for Nazi party meetings and as a personal protection squad for Adolf Hitler.
Under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler between 1929 and 1945, the SS was renamed to “Schutz-Staffel” and grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the Third Reich.
The SS grew from a small paramilitary unit to a powerful force that served as the Führer’s “Praetorian Guard”, the Nazi Party’s “Protection Squadron” and a force that, fielding almost a million men (both on the front lines and as political police), managed to exert as much political influence in the Third Reich as the Wehrmacht.
The motto of the SS was ‘Meine Ehre heißt Treue’ - (My honour is my loyalty).
This left some Nazi, military and political leaders believing Röhm was intent on using the SA to undertake a coup.
He delegated this task to Reinhard Heydrich, Kurt Daluege, and Werner Best, who ordered Röhm’s execution (carried out by Theodor Eicke) and other senior SA officials, plus some of Hitler’s personal enemies, (like Gregor Strasser and Kurt von Schleicher), on 30 June 1934, in what became known as the Night of the Long Knives.
He launched a massive recruitment campaign that took the SS from fewer than than three hundred members in 1929 to ten thousand in 1931.
Himmler named SS Obergruppenführer Richard Walther Darré to lead the organisation, which determined if applicants were racially fit to be in the SS.
The Crimean colony was called Gotengau, or “Goth district” in honor of the Crimean Goths who had settled there and were believed to be Aryan ancestors of the Germans.
The Lebensborn e. V. (eingetragener Verein, “registered association”) (Fount of Life Society) was founded on December 12, 1935, in part as a response to declining birth rates in Germany, in order to promote the policies of Nazi eugenics.
Located in Munich, the organisation was partly an office within the Schutzstaffel (SS) and responsible for certain family welfare programmes, and partly a society for Nazi leaders.
The purpose of the programme was to provide incentives to encourage Germans, especially SS members, to have more children.
On September 13, 1936, Himmler wrote the following to members of SS:
‘The organization “Lebensborn e. V.” serves the SS leaders in the selection and adoption of qualified children. The organisation “Lebensborn e. V.” is under my personal direction, is part of the race and settlement central bureau of the SS, and has the following obligations:
(1) aid for racially and biologically-hereditarily valuable families.
(2) the accommodation of racially and biologically-hereditarily valuable mothers in appropriate homes, etc.
(3) care of the children of such families
(4) care of the mothers
It is the honourable duty of all leaders of the central bureau to become members of the organisation “Lebensborn e. V.”.‘
In 1939, membership stood at 8,000 , of which 3,500 were SS leaders.
The Lebensborn office was part of SS Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt (SS Office of Race and Settlement) until 1938, when it was transferred to Hauptamt Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS (Personal Staff of the Reich Leader SS), i.e. directly overseen by Himmler.
Leaders of Lebensborn e. V. were SS-Standartenführer Max Sollmann and SS-Oberführer Dr. Gregor Ebner.
It is sometimes thought that Himmler developed the idea for this experiment in “accelerated evolution” during his short-lived career as a chicken farmer in the early 1920s. But, in actuality, Himmler was a member of an occult group called the Artamen, which drew its inspiration from both esoteric and “racial hygiene” sources.
In the Nineteenth Century, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote a novel called ‘Vril, or The Coming Race’, which imagined humanity taking charge of its own evolution and developing “the new race.”
Elena Petrovna von Hahn Blavatsky, better known as Madame Blavatsky, elaborated on the idea in her two-volume book, ‘The Secret Doctrin.
Once installed at Hitler’s right hand, Himmler, the self-styled “Lord of Atlantis,” started up a flurry of bizarre projects, of which the Lebensborn was only one.
The purpose of the society was to care particularly for unmarried mothers of good blood made pregnant by SS or police officers, and to allow them to have their children in private.
These children were then placed with SS families who wanted to adopt a child, or efforts were made to induce the father to shoulder his responsibilities and marry the girl.
Stories spread later that Lebensborn maternity homes were little more than stud farms where SS officers could meet suitable pure-blooded girls to propagate for the Reich, or, as the word went, ‘to present the Führer with a child.’
At first the Lebensborn was under the Rasse-und- Siedlungshauptamt (Race and Settlement Main Office), Sippenamt (Family and Clan Office) division.
Initially, the programme served as a welfare institution for wives of SS officers; the organisation ran facilities—primarily maternity homes—where women could give birth or get help with family matters. Furthermore, the programme accepted unmarried women who were either pregnant or had already given birth and were in need of aid, provided that both the woman and the father of the child were “racially valuable”.
Later, such facilities also served as temporary homes, orphanages and as an adoption service.
When dealing with non-SS members, parents and children were usually examined by SS doctors before admittance.
The first Lebensborn home (known as Heim Hochland) opened in 1936 in Steinhöring, a tiny village not far from Munich.
The first home outside of Germany opened in Norway in 1941.
While Lebensborn e. V. established facilities in several occupied countries, activities were concentrated around Germany, Norway and the occupied north-eastern Europe, mainly Poland.
The main focus in occupied Norway was aiding children born by German soldiers and Norwegian women; in north-eastern Europe the organisation, in addition to services provided to SS members, engaged in the movement of children, mostly orphans, to families in Germany.
Lebensborn e. V. had facilities, or planned to, in the following countries (some were merely field offices):
North-eastern occupied Europe (Poland): 3
Norway: 9 (or as many as 15)
France: 1 (February, 1944 – August, 1944) – in Lamorlaye
Belgium: 1 (March, 1943 – September, 1944) – in Wégimont, municipality of Soumagne
About 8,000 children were born in Lebensborn homes in Germany, and another 8,000 in Norway.
Elsewhere, the total number of births was much lower.
By the time Allied troops entered Germany in force in March 1945, the Lebensborn had 450,000 children in its custody.
As the Reich faced defeat, Himmler ordered Dr. Sollmann to destroy all Lebensborn records and scatter the “pureblood Aryan” children –”seedlings for the new race” — throughout Europe.
(One detailed but difficult source for this is a book written by Wulff himself, ‘Tierkreis und Hakenkreuz’, published in Germany in 1968.
A so-called “Nazi Primer” published during the war contains many examples of pagan ideology and anti-Christian sentiment designed for its youthful readership.
Headed by Dr. Hermann Wirth, it was dedicated primarily to archaeological research, but it was also involved in proving the superiority of the ‘Aryan race’ and in occult practices.
A great deal of time and resources were spent on researching or creating a popularly accepted “historical”, “cultural” and “scientific” background so the ideas about a “superior” Aryan race could be publicly accepted.
For example, an expedition to Tibet was organized to search for the origins of the Aryan race.
To this end, the expedition leader, Ernst Schäfer, had his anthropologist Bruno Beger make face masks and skull and nose measurements.
Another expedition was sent to the Andes.
The official newspaper of SS was Das Schwarze Korps (“The Black Corps”), published weekly from 1935 to 1945. In its first issue, the newspaper published an article on the origins of the Nordic race, hypothesizing a location (Thule or Atlantis ?) near the North Pole similar to the theory of (Hermann Wirth see left).
Also in 1935, the SS journal commissioned a Professor of Germanic History, Heinar Schilling (see right), to prepare a series of articles on ancient Germanic life.
As a result, a book containing these articles and entitled ‘Germanisches Leben’ (German Living) was published by Koehler & Amelung of Leipzig with the approval of the SS and Reich Government in 1937.
Three chapters dealt with the religion of the German people over three periods: nature worship and the cult of the ancestors, the sun religion of the Late Bronze Age, and the cult of the gods.
According to Heinar Schilling, the Germanic peoples of the Late Bronze Age had adopted a four-spoke wheel as symbolic of the sun “and this symbol has been developed into the modern swastika of our own society [i.e., Nazi Germany] which represents the sun.”
Under the sign of the swastika “the light bringers of the Nordic race overran the lands of the dark inferior races, and it was no coincidence that the most powerful expression of the Nordic world was found in the sign of the swastika”.
Very little had been preserved of the ancient rites, Professor Schilling continued, but it was a striking fact “that in many German Gaue today on Sonnenwendtage (solstice days) burning sun wheels are rolled from mountain tops down into the valleys below, and almost everywhere the Sonnenwendfeuer (solstice fires) burn on those days.”
He concluded by saying that “The Sun is the All-Highest to the Children of the Earth”.