Dietrich Eckart – Hitler’s Mentor

D I E T R I C H   E C K A R T

To an outsider who did not know the connection, Hitler’s dedication of his second edition of his book ‘Mein Kampf’ to a man that few would have heard of before, would seem incomprehensible.
Having referred to the eighteen fallen heros who had died at the during the abortive November putsch  he then ends his work by saying,
Together with those, and as one of the best of all, I should like to mention the name of a man who devoted his life to reawakening his and our people, through his writing and his ideas and finally through positive action. I mean Dietrich Eckart“.
Dietrich Eckart? Who was he?
He is not mentioned anywhere else in Hitler’s book.
It is as if he has been plucked from the air and inserted, ad-lib, at the end of the book.
However, Hitler had good reason to thank this mystery man.
It would be through him that Hitler would realise his destiny.

Dietrich Eckart (23 March 1868 – 26 December 1923) was a German journalist and politician, together with Adolf Hitler one of the early key members of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) and a participant of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch.

Eckart was born Johann Dietrich Eckart in 1868 in Neumarkt, Upper Palatinate (about twenty miles southeast of Nuremberg) in the Kingdom of Bavaria, the son of royal notary and lawyer Christian Eckart and his wife Anna, a devout Catholic.
His mother died when he was ten years old.
Young Dietrich was expelled from several schools; in 1895, his father died also, leaving him a considerable amount of money that Eckart soon spent.
Eckart initially studied law at Erlangen, later medicine at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as an eagerly fencing and drinking corps member, but finally decided in 1891 to work as a poet, playwright and journalist.

Eckart moved to Berlin in 1899, where he wrote a number of plays, often autobiographical, becoming the protégé of Count Georg von Hülsen-Haeseler (1858 – 1922 see left), the artistic director of the Prussian Royal Theatre.
Eckart was a successful playwright, especially for his 1912 adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s (see right) ‘Peer Gynt’, one of the best attended productions of the age with more than 600 performances in Berlin alone.

It was this success that not only made Eckart a wealthy man, but gave him the social contacts needed to introduce Hitler to dozens of important German citizens of the day. These introductions proved to be pivotal in Hitler’s ultimate rise to power.

Later on, Eckart developed an ideology of a “genius superman”, based on writings by the Völkisch author Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels (see right); he saw himself following the tradition of Heinrich Heine, Arthur Schopenhauer and Angelus Silesius.
He also became fascinated by the Buddhist doctrine of Maya (illusion).
Eckart loved and strongly identified with the fictional character ‘Peer Gynt’, but never had much sympathy for the scientific method.
From 1907 he lived with his brother Wilhelm in the Döberitz mansion colony west of the Berlin city limits.
In 1913 he married Rosa Marx, an affluent widow from Bad Blankenburg, and returned to Munich.

After World War I, Eckart edited the nationalist, völkisch & antisemitic periodical ‘Auf gut Deutsch’ (“In plain German”), published along with Alfred Rosenberg (see left) and Gottfried Feder (see Right).
A fierce critic of the German Revolution and the Weimar Republic, he vehemently opposed the Treaty of Versailles, which he viewed as treason, and was a proponent of the concept of the ‘stab-in-the-back’ (Dolchstoßlegende), according to which the Social Democrats and Jews were to blame for Germany’s defeat in the war.

Eckart was a key member of the Thule Gesellschaft (see left), founded by Sebottendorff, – a secretive group of occultists that believed in the coming of a “German Messiah” (Stark von Obern) who would redeem Germany after its defeat in World War I.
Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he met Hitler for the first time. In the poem, Eckart refers to ‘the Great One’, ‘the Nameless One’, ‘Whom all can sense but no one saw’.

When Eckart met Hitler, he was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied redeemer (Erlöser – which is redolent of Wagner’s Parsifal – see right).

The Thule Gesellschaft became increasingly political, and in 1918 established a political party, the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei DAP – (German Workers’ Party)

The DAP was founded in Munich in the hotel “Fürstenfelder Hof” on January 5, 1919 by Anton Drexler, a member of the occultist Thule Gesellschaft.
It developed out of the “Freien Arbeiterausschuss für einen guten Frieden” (Free Workers’ Committee for a good Peace) which Drexler had also founded and led.
Its first members were mostly colleagues of Drexler’s from the Munich rail depot.
Drexler was encouraged to found the DAP by his mentor, Dr. Paul Tafel, a leader of the Alldeutscher Verband (Pan-Germanist Union), a director of the Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg, also a member of the Thule Gesellschaft, and his wish was for a party which was both in touch with the masses and nationalist, unlike the middle class parties.
The initial membership was about forty people.
On March 24, 1919, Karl Harrer (a sports journalist and member of the Thule Society) joined the DAP to increase the influence of the Thule Society over the DAP’s activities, and the party name was changed to the “Political Workers’ Circle”.
The membership was as scarce as the original DAP’s and the meetings were reduced to the local beer houses.
This party was joined in 1919 by Adolf Hitler.

Adolf Hitler, then a corporal in the German army, was ordered to spy on the DAP on September 12, 1919 during one of its meetings at the Sterneckerbräu, a beer hall in the center of the city.
While there, he got into a violent argument with one guest.
Following this incident, Anton Drexler was impressed with Hitler’s oratory skills and invited him to join the party.
After some thinking, Hitler left the army and accepted the invitation, joining in late September.
At the time when Hitler joined the party there were no membership numbers or cards.

It was on January 1920 when a numeration was issued for the first time: listed in alphabetical order, Hitler received the number 555.
In reality he had been the 55th member, but the counting started at the number 501 in order to make the party appear larger.
Also, his claim that he was party member number 7, which would make him one of the founding members, is refuted, however, in his work ‘Mein Kampf’, Hitler claims that he received a membership card with the number 7.
After giving his first speech for the Party on October 16 in the Hofbräukeller, Hitler quickly rose up to become a leading figure in the DAP.

The small number of party members were quickly won over to Hitler’s political beliefs.
In an attempt to make the party more broadly appealing to larger segments of the population, the DAP was renamed on February 24, 1920 to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei NSDAP – (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) or Nazi Party.
The name was borrowed from a different Austrian party active at the time (Deutsche Nationalsozialistische Arbeiterpartei, German National Socialist Workers’ Party), although Hitler earlier suggested the party to be renamed the “Social Revolutionary Party”; it was Rudolf Jung who persuaded Hitler to follow the NSDAP naming.

The emblem of the new party was the black,straight-armed clockwise swastika (see right), on a white circle against a red ground – unlike the DAP, which used the curved armed,static swastika (see left), taken from the Thule Gesellschaft emblem.

Eckart was involved in founding the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (German Workers’ Party) together with Gottfried Feder and Anton Drexler (see right) in 1919, later renamed the Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party, NSDAP) (see badge left); he was the original publisher of the party newspaper, the ‘Völkischer Beobachter’ (see above left), and also wrote the lyrics of Deutschland erwache (“Germany awake”), which became an anthem of the Nazi Party.
Eckart met Adolf Hitler during a speech he gave before party members in 1919.
Eckart exerted considerable influence on Hitler in the following years and is strongly believed to have helped establish the theories and beliefs of the Nazi party.
Few other people had as much influence on Hitler in his lifetime.
It was Eckart who introduced Alfred Rosenberg to Adolf Hitler.
Between 1920 and 1923, Eckart and Rosenberg labored tirelessly in the service of Hitler and the party.

Through Rosenberg, Hitler was introduced to the writings of Houston Stewart Chamberlain, who had inspired Rosenberg.
Rosenberg edited the ‘Münchener Beobachter’, a party newspaper, originally owned by the Thule Society.
In the pages of the ‘Münchener Beobachter’, Rosenberg published the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ (see right).
To raise funds for the party’s newspaper, Eckart introduced Hitler into the influential circles that would eventually fund the Nazi party.
While staying in the house of a wealthy manufacturer in Berlin, Hitler was given instruction in public speaking by a teacher of drama.

On 9 November 1923, Eckart was involved in the Nazi party’s failed Beer Hall Putsch; he was arrested and placed in Landsberg Prison along with Hitler and other party officials, but was released shortly thereafter due to illness.

Dietrich Eckart died of a heart attack in Berchtesgaden on 26 December 1923 (see Dietrich Eckart Haus – right). 
However, shortly before his death he made a prophetic statement to the inner circle of the Thule Gesellschaft:

“Hitler will dance, but it is I who have called the tune !
I have initiated him into the ‘Secret Doctrine‘, opened his centres of vision (1) and given him the means to communicate with the Powers. Do not mourn for me: I shall have influenced History more than any other German”.

  1. Eckart’s use of the phrase ‘Die Geheime Lehre’ (Secret Doctrine) appears, on the face of it, to be a reference to Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical teaching; ‘The Secret Doctrine‘ being the title of her last book published in 1891; particularly with regards to the Root Races, the Aryans and the existence of ‘hidden supermen’.
    Eckart may, however, be referring, in addition, to some esoteric doctrine of his own.

    The ‘centre of vision’ are the the Sacred Chakras, which are a central part of esoteric philosophy in both the Oriental and Oriental systems of magic. In Occidental magic, which has its origins in Gnosticism and the Kabala, the Chakras are associated with the Planetary Spheres and the Kabalistic Tree of Life. There are seven Chakras in the human body associated with various organs.
    The lowest Chakra is associated with the rectum, the second with the genitals, the third with the abdomen, the fourth with the heart, the fifth with the thyroid, the sixth with the pineal gland and the last Chakra with the crown. Each Chakra ‘vibrates’ at its own rate and acts as a ‘gate’ to the ‘Kundalini Power’ which originates in the ano-genital area and, when released, can rise through the Chakras, being modified by each one; eventually reaching the Crown Chakra to produce a spiritual ‘awakening’. There are various ways of causing such an awakening of power; the easiest being a direct stimulation of the Kundalini through erotic or sado-erotic practices. Such stimulation,rather than the slower and considerably more difficult meditatory path, often results in a lack of control of the powers so obtained.

Johann Dietrich Eckart was buried in Berchtesgaden’s old cemetery, not far from the eventual graves of Nazi party official Hans Lammers and his wife and daughter.
Hitler dedicated the second volume of Mein Kampf to Eckart, and also named the Waldbühne arena near the Olympic Stadium in Berlin as the “Dietrich-Eckart-Bühne” (see right)  when it was opened for the 1936 Summer Olympics.

The 5th Standarte (regiment) of the SS-Totenkopfverbände was given the honour-title ‘Dietrich Eckart’.
In 1925, Eckart’s unfinished essay ‘Der Bolschewismus von Moses bis Lenin: Zwiegespräch zwischen Hitler und mir’ (“Bolshevism from Moses to Lenin: Dialogues Between Hitler and Me”) was published posthumously.
Hitler, however, was unable to let go of his mentor, and kept and displayed Dietrich Eckart’s death mask (see left) at his country residence, the Berghof (see right).
There Hitler would lock himself away in the small room where the death mask lay in a shrine, but as to what he did nobody knows.
Interestingly, between the dates on the plaque is the word ‘Thule’. This clearly demonstrates Ekhart’s association with the secret society.

The final dedication from ‘Mein Kampf’

‘I have dedicated the first volume of this book to our eighteen fallen heroes…… Together with those, and as one of the best of all, I should like to mention the name of a man who devoted his life to reawakening his and our people, through his writing and his ideas and finally through positive action.

                                            I mean: 
Dietrich Eckart

(23 March 1868 – 26 December 1923)

Why was Eckart ‘one of the best’, what were his writings, thoughts and deeds, and why was Hitler so impressed by him?
According to Konrad Heiden (1), ‘Eckart undertook the spiritual formation of Adolf Hitler’, and it is useful to investigate this aspect of Eckart’s career.

(1) Konrad Heiden (7 August 1901 – 18 June 1966) was an influential journalist and historian of the Weimar Republic and Nazi eras, most noted for the first influential biographies of German dictator Adolf Hitler. Often, he wrote under the pseudonym “Klaus Bredow.”Heiden was born in Munich, Germany, on 7 August 1901, and graduated from the University of Munich in 1923.
Heiden was one of the first critical observers of the rise of National Socialism in Germany after he attended a party’s meeting in 1920. He worked for the Frankfurter Zeitung and the Vossischen Zeitung, but became a freelancer in 1932.
A year later, he went into exile; first to Saarland, then to Switzerland, then to France, and finally to the United States.

Dietrich Eckart, as we have seen, was an admirer of Schopenauer and Nietzsche, but also a dedicated occultist.
Eckart appears to have travelled widely in his youth, visiting Spain, North Africa and Italy, and it was during these travels that he first became interested in the occult.
Later he adopted a Bohemian life-style, and pursued a career as a dramatist, poet and journalist, at first in Berlin, and after the war, in Munich.

During the war (1914-1918) served in the German Army, as an officer and, like Hitler, he was gassed, towards the end of hostilities.
For the rest of his life he suffered from respiratory problems which were eventually responsible for his premature death.

The products of his pen were of varying quality, ranging from a ver popular, if heavily romanticised trahslation of Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’ to academic essays on Norse mythology, to mediocre poetry, and included the witty but scurrilous antisemitic news-sheet, ‘Auf gut deutsch’.

Eckart also drank heavily and took drugs, which included a favourite of many bohemians at that time, the psychedelic peyote, which the pharmacologist Ludwig Lewin had studied as early as 1886, and which Aleister Crowley (see right) claimed to have popularised in Europe.

Eckart believed that he was destined to prepare the way for a new leader of the German people, and he spoke regularly of this belief to his friends in the Thule Group.

Eckart knew Sebottendorff very well, and the other Thulists looked up to him as an adept.

Eckart met Hitler at some time during 1919 and the two men with so many interests in common developed an instantaneous rapport.If Hitler had been unaware of the Thule Group and its activities prior to joining the German Workers’, Party, he soon learned, and Eckart said of him to the Thulists in suitably biblical and messianic terms: ‘Here is the one for whom I was but the prophet and forerunner.’

But what could an occultist and a magical order impart to Adolf Hitler?
We shall look at the question by considering what magic is and what magical fraternities teach.
Dion Fortune (2 see right), a twentieth-century magician, has defined magic as ‘the science and art of causing changes in consciousness to occur in conformity with will‘.

(2) Violet Mary Firth Evans (6 December 1890[1] – 8 January 1946), better known as Dion Fortune, was a British occultist and author.
Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto “Deo, non fortuna” (Latin for “by God, not fate”).

She was born in Bryn-y-Bia in Llandudno, Wales, and grew up in a household where Christian Science was rigorously practised.
She reported visions of Atlantis at age four and the developing of psychic abilities during her twentieth year, at which time she suffered a nervous breakdown; after her recovery she found herself drawn to the occult.
She joined the Theosophical Society and attended courses in psychology and psychoanalysis at the University of London, and became a lay psychotherapist at the Medico-Psychological Clinic in Brunswick Square.

Her first magical mentor was the Irish occultist and Freemason Theodore Moriarty.

In 1919 she was initiated into the London Temple of the Alpha et Omega before transferring to theStella Matutina Order.

Francis King (3 see left) has expanded on this:

The next great principle of Western magic is the belief that the properly trained human will is, quite literally, capable of anything … The motivating power, then, in all magical operations, is the trained will of the magician. All the adjuncts of ceremonial magic – lights, colours, circles, triangles, perfumes – are merely aids to concentrating the will of the magician into a blazing stream of pure energy.”

(3)  Francis Henry King, CBE (4 March 1923 – 3 July 2011)was a British novelist, poet and short story writer and occultist.
He was born in Adelboden, Switzerland, brought up in India and educated at Shrewsbury School and Balliol College, Oxford.

During World War II he was a conscientious objector, and left Oxford to work on the land.
After completing his degree in 1949 he worked for the British Council; he was posted around Europe, and then in Kyoto.
He resigned to write full time in 1964.
He was a past winner of the W. Somerset Maugham Prize for his novel ‘The Dividing Stream’ (1951) and also won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Prize. His 1956 book ‘The Firewalkers’ was published pseudonymously under the name Frank Cauldwell.
A President Emeritus of International PEN and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he was appointed an Officer (OBE) of the Order of the British Empire in 1979 and a Commander of the Order (CBE) in 1985.

Whether the magic is white or black depends not on whether sex or drugs are employed as adjuncts, but on how this energy is used. Its proper use is to induce a state of being called variously super-consciousness, the knowledge and conversation of the holy guardian angel, enlightenment, or liberation: black magic consists of using this energy for material gain, or, above all, for the pursuit of power.
By this definition, the Thule Group pursued black magic.
Pauwels and Bergier (4) have neatly expressed the beliefs of the Thulists:
Thule was supposed to be an island that disappeared somewhere in the extreme North.
Off Greenland? or Labrador?

Like Atlantis, Thule (see left) was thought to have been the magic centre of a vanished civilisation Eckart and his friends believed that not all the secrets of Thule had perished.
Beings intermediate between Man and other intelligent Beings from Beyond, would place at the disposal of the Initiates a reservoir of forces which could be drawn upon to enable Germany to dominate the world again and be the cradle of the coming race of Supermen which would result from mutations of the human species.

One day her legions would set out to annihilate everything that had stood in the way of the spiritual destiny of the Earth, and their leaders would be men who knew everything, deriving their strength from the very fountainhead of energy and guided by the Great Ones of the Ancient World.
Such were the myths on which the Aryan doctrine of Eckart and Rosenberg was founded and which these “prophets” of a magic form of Socialism had instilled in the mediumistic mind of Hitler.

(4)  ‘The Dawn of Magic’ was first published as ‘Le Matin des Magiciens’.
Written by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in 1960, it became a best seller, first in French, then translated into English in 1963 as ‘The Dawn of Magic’, and later released in the United States. A German edition was published with the title ‘Aufbruch ins dritte Jahrtausend’ (Departure into the third Millennium).

The Thule Gesellschaft was a serious Magical Order: that is to say that its activities did not consist merely of examining the crankier fringes of mythology, acting out meaningless rituals, and dreaming of world conquest.

It taught its initiates to practise the magic arts and awaken their own potential.
Its teachings included the control of a subtle force, like Lytton’s Vril or the Kundalini of the Hindus (see left): the creation of desirable situations through intense and systematic visualisation: and the art of communication with those mysterious Beings – the Unknown Supermen.
It is likely that Hitler learned all these techniques, and realised that the one-pointed concentration of the will, a faculty which he already possessed, could have its power greatly enhanced by the force of heightened emotion.
It appears, however, that it was Eckart who was responsible for the Thulist’s attempts to break through the veil of time, in a desperate attempt to discover what the future held in store for them.

They were living in desperate times and saw European, and particularly German civilisation crumbling around them.
After the defeat of the War, they now faced the creeping threat of communism and racial disintegration.
Their dreams of completing the ‘great work’ seemed to be fading, and they looked to the future for reassurance.
Eckart, in an attempt to divine the future, used an uneducated peasant girl, who was apparently a natural medium.
One evening in 1919 members of the Thule Society met in Munich and held a seance.
Besides Eckart, seated around the table in the darkened room was Sebotendorf and Alfred Rosenberg, among others.
They were hoping to make contact with the Unknown Supermen on the higher planes of existence, namely the spiritual world.
The medium, a ruddy-faced muscular woman, a Russian farmer’s wife, had stripped naked and slipped into a trance to allow herself to be taken over by her ‘spirit guides’.
What happened next was not what she or anybody at the seance had expected.
Usually, she would speak in her mother tongue, which the majority of participants to the seance did not understand.
Then suddenly, a ghostly apparition appeared.
They all recognised who it was – Prince von Thurn und Taxis, a former member of the group.
On 26th April 1919 Communists broke into the Thule Society offices and arrested its secretary, a young woman Countess Heila von Westarp.
Later that day, Thule members Walter Nauhaus, Prince Gustav von Thurn und Taxis, Baron Teuchert, Walter Deicke, Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, and Anton Daumelang were also captured and later executed.

One member escaped the purge.

His name was Rudolf Hess.
He had narrowly escaped capture by turning up late for a meeting, and watched helplessly as his friends were taken away.
The voice of the apparition was unmistakable.
Speaking in high German, a language which the Russian medium was completely unfamilar, the disembodied prince declared that a new leader of Germany would claim the Holy Lance and embark on a campaign of world conquest.
No sooner had this been declared than his presence was replaced by another disincarnate spirit, the young Countess Westarp, who announced the imminet arrival of the messiah for whom they had been waiting, who would lead Germany to both economic and spiritual recovery.
With a sharp intake of breath, the naked medium awoke from her trance and the apparition disappeared.
Around her she saw the white faces of those who had attended, some shaking, all speechlesss.
Perhaps it was wishful thinking on their part; regardless Eckart was on the lookout for this ‘German messiah’.
The Gesellschaft can be seen as the product of along process of development, beginning with the ancient Gnosticism of the Near East, and passing through many convolutions.
The Thule Gesellschaft, however, seemed to be waiting for someone to transform it and give it power.

That person proved to be Adolf Hitler.

For Eckhart this was merely a confirmation of what he had been told during another seance four years before.
During that seance he received a startling message.
A voice had told him that a German would appear who would lead the Aryan race to final victory.
This voice then said that it would be Eckart’s responsibility to nurture what it called the ‘Messiah’, the Chosen One.
Eckart was now a man with a mission because the German messiah was about to be revealed, and he knew what he would look like.
Eckart knew immediately that Hilter was the man who was destined to save the German people.
Eckart immediately assumed the role foretold in his vision as mentor to the future leader and began to help Hilter to shape his ideology and message, boosting his self-confidence and training him in occult matters and in addition the practical arts of self projection, body language and pursuasive oratory.

And suddenly, under the tutelage of Eckart, the ex-dropout and ex-corporal began to display extraordinary talents.
An occultist would say that magical techniques had aroused his potential; a Jungian psychologist, perhaps, that he had through his practices made the unconscious conscious.

At any rate, Hitler proved that he was an excellent organiser and, guided by Röhm, and Eckart, he was the moving spirit behind a propaganda campaign that took the obscure Party from the beer cellars to large public meetings.

Here, a third talent emerged. Hitler proved to be an orator of genius.
On 16 October 1919, he had addressed his first public meeting.
Wildly acclaimed by his audience, Hitler discovered that he could wield ‘the magic power of the spoken word’.
However this was not a case of instant genius, for Hitler had to work hard at perfecting his technique. 

Dietrich Eckart, had contacts with all the rightist circles, and he introduced Hitler to Munich society as the saviour of the German people.
However, initially all accounts describe Hitler as awkward, fawningly polite, ‘noteworthy for his hasty greed when eating and his exaggerated bows‘.
Hitler is reported to have made a habit of arriving late and leaving early; loud, ostentatious outbursts against political opponents alternated abruptly with phases of introspective withdrawal. Obviously still dominated by the feeling of being an outsider, he was continually thwarted in his desire to shine by the fear of social slights, a fear which the numerous women, mostly elderly ladies who took him under their wing with belated maternal eagerness, were unable to soothe. However, gradually, with Eckhart’s tutelage, Hitler began to change and it is evident he was being transformed into an orator of considerable persuasive power.
So as if by a miracle, two years after the Great War, Hitler had risen from obscurity, to become as his greatest opponents would concede later, the greatest orator that Germany has ever known

Alan Bullock’s (5 – see left) comments are, in the present context, highly significant:

His power to bewitch an audience has been likened to the occult arts of the African

Medicine-man or the Asiatic Shaman; others have compared it to the sensitivity of a medium, and the magnetism of a hypnotist.’
And then there were Hitler’s limpid, pale blue eyes….

(5)  Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock (13 December 1914 – 2 February 2004), was a British historian, who wrote an influential biography of Adolf Hitler and many other works.


The area of Obersalzberg was purchased by the Nazis in the 1920s for their senior leaders to enjoy.
Hitler’s mountain residence, the Berghof, was located here.
Berchtesgaden and its environs (Stanggass) were fitted to serve as an outpost of the German Reichskanzlei office (Imperial Chancellery).
Some typical Third Reich buildings in Berchtesgaden include the railway station, that had a reception area for Hitler and his guests, and the post office next to the railway station.
The Berchtesgadener Hof Hotel was a hotel where famous visitors stayed, such as Eva Braun, Erwin Rommel, Joseph Goebbels, and Heinrich Himmler, as well as Neville Chamberlain and David Lloyd George.

Not long after Hitler siezed the leadership of the party and became it’s Fuhrer, his mentor, Eckart, introduced him to the lovely village of Berchtesgaden that was nestled in the Bavarian Alps.

Located near the Austrian border and only a two hour train ride south-east of Munich, Berchtesgaden was a small farming, mining and resort community.
Since about 1850 the area had been one of the summer stomping grounds for Germany’s royalty and high society.
Since the first world war it had fallen on leaner times.
Under the influence of Eckart, Hitler adapted the custom of spending weekends, holidays, and vacations at the mountain retreat.
Hitler stayed with Eckart in a house, called the Sonnenhauesl, or as Hitler called it, the “Sonnenkopfl,” at Lockstein.
About a year after his introduction to Berchtesgaden, Hitler and a friend made a two mile hike up to Obersalzberg.
Dotted with a few small farms and summer guest-houses, the area offered some of the most spectacular scenic views of the German and Austrian Alps.
Hitler described the region as “a countryside of indescribable

He soon began spending most of his free time there and normally took a room at the Pension Moritz (see right).

A short walk below the Moritz was the Gasthof zum Turken (see left) (named after an innkeeper who fought the Turks) where Hitler and his friends enjoyed the “genuine goulash” and often lingered in one of the small public rooms lost in conversation.
It no doubt impressed Hitler to learn that the Moritz and Turken had once been the meeting places of such dignitaries as Prince-Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, the composer Johannes Brahms and even Crown prince Wilhelm of Prussia.
Having taught Hitler the oratory skills to manipulate an audience through the techniques of hand gestures, voice control and timing, Eckhart now presented his prodigy with a place that would overwhelm him with majestic and inspiring grandeur.
Little wonder that Hitler later said that it was here that he had spent his most pleasant times, and conceived his greatest ideas.

And opposite the Eckart’s Sonnenhauesl (The Little House of the Sun) was the mighty Untersberg (see right) – the massive mountain that dominates the Obersalzburg.
Interetingly, the Untersburg is no ordinary mountain, and one reason Hitler became intrigued by the mountain is because of re-occuring events, legends and tales of people gone missing, people experiencing missing time, encounters with elves and extraterrestrials and passageways to what Hitler called “the inner earth”.
Often noted by occultists as an “energy spot” or “magnetic geo-node,” many seekers came to the Untersberg to be refreshed by the water and drawn to over 400 caves and tunnels by what is described as a “strong magnetic anomaly.”
The Untersberg has been characterized by the Dalai-Lama as the “sleeping dragon,” the “heart-chakra of the world.”
The legends of time portals, missing expeditions, tunnel systems leading to fountains, temples, forests and marble rooms go back hundreds of years.
One of the most persistent rumors involves the legend of Karl the Great (of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation), known in the west as Charles the Great or Charlemagne.
Though physically buried in the German village of Aachen, it is believed that the “astral form” of this emperor sleeps in the mysterious depths of a subterranean throne room, surrounded by his strongest knights, gnomes, frost giants and fire giants, Valkyries and other “Volk,” awaiting the final liberation of his country and kinsmen; that he will rule over a thousand year kingdom of Aryan dominion.

Other accounts maintain this entity is the spirit of the emperor Frederich Barbarossa.
Within the ancient mythologies of the Nordic People are the prophecies that at a future point in time, though time itself is a variable, the “Watcher-god”, Heimdall, will sound his horn to summon the children of Loki (see right).
This semi-divine/human Sixth Race will break their bonds and unite with mystical forces to sail from the land of the Niflheim, located in an astral plane beyond the auroras, waging the final battle with the current “usurpers” of the planet to culminate in the enthronement of their vaticinated king.
It is this anticipated kingdom and its preparation that has been the goal of the ancient spirits. This is the heart of ‘The Awakening of the Black Sun’.
The Untersberg is known to be inhabited by certain kinds of elemental spirits of Nature, some of which are good and benevolent, others of a wicked and malicious nature, and inimical to mankind; and there are innumerable tales circulating among the people in the neighborhood, telling about the doings of the gnomes, fairies, and giants, dwelling within caves and in gorgeous marble halls and grottoes filled with gold and precious stones that will turn into dead leaves and stones when seen in the light of day.
“Some of the friendly tribes come out of the Untersberg on certain occasions, and they are said to have sometimes associated with the inhabitants of our plane of existence, partaking in the dances and amusements of the peasants, and even taking stray children with them into the Untersberg; and, incredible as it may appear, it is even asserted by, “those who know” that marriages have taken place between citizens of our world and the inhabitants of the kingdom of gnomes.
Of course it is well known that within the mysterious depths of the Untersberg there dwells the soul of a great emperor in his astral form.
There, together with his retinue, he sleeps an enchanted sleep, waiting for the liberation of his country.
Sometimes very suddenly, even on a clear summer day, clouds are seen to issue from the sides of the mountain; grotesquely-formed ghost-like mists arise from the caverns and precipices, crawling and gliding slowly upwards toward the top, and form on the neighboring peaks also, clouds of monstrous shapes and sometimes of gigantic proportions floating on, until the head of the Untersberg is surrounded by a surging sea of vapours growing dense and dark.
Seldom included in historical analysis of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, is the spiritually mesmerizing impact of Mount Untersberg.
Hitler’s first direct encounter took place in 1923, upon which date the future führer would describe his feelings, “It was so wonderful! A view of the Untersberg! Indescribable!”
While not specifically recorded, it is unlikely that the youthful Hitler would have been unaware of the writings of Franz Hartmann.
His obsession with occultism and theosophy, now well documented, would explain the peculiar fascination with the “sleeping dragon” as described by the Dalai Lama.
Having rented Haus Wachenfeld, a small vacation villa across the valley from Mount Untersberg, for four years, it was in 1932, with proceeds earned from royalties from Mein Kampf, that Adolf Hitler purchased what would become the Berghof.

A major renovation of the house soon followed, including a series of extensions, a bowling alley, a library and a basement.
(see Grundstein – Foundation Stone of 1936 – left – with Thule Swastikas)
Most importantly, however, was the construction of a huge picture window, providing a completely open view of the Untersberg.
Hitler was deeply affected by the legend and remarked to Albert Speer, his architect and armaments minister:
Look at the Untersberg over there.It is not just by chance that I have my seat across from it.
In February of 1942, the Fuhrer commented to Heinrich Himmler, “Charlemagne was the one of the greatest men to ever live.”
It may well have been that Adolf Hitler had hoped to see some type of manifestation: his telescopes were specifically designed for earth observation.
Those were the best times of my life,” he would later say. “My great plans were forged there.”
So magnetic was the mountain that the Führer later explained,
I basically built the house around the window,” and he even named the structure Berghof: “The Mountain Court.”
The Berghof has been described as a “Bavarian country house guarded by 2,000 SS troops,” with Adolf Hitler gazing from a “gigantic window… across a valley to the Untersberg massif, a sheer wall of mountain that looms large in Teutonic myths.”
For almost a decade Obersalzburg had become the Holy Mountain of the Third Reich, drawing thousands of pilgrims to pay homage to their Führer.
On February 2, 1942, Hitler said that his residence in Obersalzberg – Berghof, was “Gralsburg”. This indicates a certain connection to the Holy Grail and the Templars.
Just a few days before the end of war some local people reported seeing strange SS convoys that headed toward the Zillertal Alps (a mountain range on the Austrian-Italian border) where they, on their way to the Schleigeiss Glacier, allegedly buried some boxes deep in ice somewhere near a precipice.
Some esoteric authors write that the Holy Grail is here.

A recent expedition (August 2008) into the gigantic cave-system under the mountain revealed that it goes down so far, that its lowest point had not been reached yet.
The cave explorers had to return from their expedition without knowing how far down it goes.
According to a German newspaper report they had gone down 1056 meters before being forced to return at an abyss-like precipce.
This had been accomplished by being able to pass an extremely narrow passageway that had been previously unpassable.
They also discovered more than 800 new passageways and a lake in 930 meters depth.
Initially Hitler rented a chalet called Haus Wachenfeld – a holiday home built in 1916 by Otto Winter, a businessman from Buxtehude.
Winter’s widow rented the house to Hitler in 1928, and his half-sister Angela (see right) came to live there as housekeeper, although she left soon after her daughter Geli’s 1931 death in Hitler’s Munich apartment.
By 1933 Hitler had purchased Haus Wachenfeld with funds he received from the sale of his political manifesto Mein Kampf.
The small chalet-style building was refurbished and much expanded during 1935-36 when it was re-named The Berghof.
A large terrace was built, a dining room was panelled with very costly cembra pine.
Hitler’s large study had a telephone switchboard room.
The library contained books “on history, painting, architecture and music.”
A great hall was furnished with expensive ‘Nordic’ style furniture, a large globe and an expansive red marble fireplace mantel.
Behind one wall was a projection booth for evening screenings of films.
A sprawling picture window (see right) could be lowered into the wall to give a sweeping, open air view of -the Untersberg. – And on the terrace Hitler installed the finest, very large terrestial telescopes (see left) so that he could observe the mysterious Untersberg in detail.

In his own memoirs, Nazi Germany’s court architect and minister of armaments, Albert Speer, recalled his evening at Hitler’s retreat in the Alps above Berchtesgaden, right after the signing of the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact that — with its secret clause giving the Soviet Union part of Poland — opened the way to the Nazi invasion that triggered World War Two.
Speer wrote : 

In the course of the night we stood on the terrace of the Berghof with Hitler and marveled at a rare natural spectacle. Northern lights of unusual intensity threw red light on the legend-haunted Untersberg across the valley, while the sky above shimmered in all the colours of the rainbow. The last act of the Götterdämmerung could not have been more effectively staged. The same red light bathed our faces and our hands. The display produced a curiously pensive mood among us. Abruptly turning to one of his military adjutants, Hitler said: ‘Looks like a great deal of blood. This time we won’t bring it off without violence.’” 


Haus Wachenfeld – Later known as the Berghof 

The Berghof – Final Form 
Berghof – Terrace
Berghof – Salon

Berghof – The Picture Window

Berghof – Sitting Area

Berghof – Living Room
Berghof – Study
Berghof – Salon
Berghof – Dining Room

Berghof – Dining Room

Berghof – Dining Room
Portrait of Adolf Hitler in Eva Braun’s Bedroom

 *(Adlerhorst – The Eagle’s Nest)

The Kehlsteinhaus – ‘Adlerhorst’ (the Eagle’s Nest) is a chalet-style structure erected on a subpeak of the Hoher Göll known as the Kehlstein.

It was built as an extension of the Obersalzberg complex erected in the mountains above Berchtesgaden.
The Kehlsteinhaus was intended as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler to serve as a retreat for Hitler and place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries.
The Kehlsteinhaus was commissioned by Martin Bormann, with construction proceeding over a 13-month period.

It was completed in the summer of 1938, prior to its formal presentation to Hitler on his 50th birthday on April 20, 1939.

It is situated on a ridge at the top of the Kehlstein mountain 1,834 m (6,017 ft), reached by a 6.5 km (4.0 mi) long and 4 m (13 ft) wide road that cost 30 million RMs to build (about 150 million euros in 2007, adjusted in line with inflation).
It includes five tunnels but only one hairpin turn and climbs 800 m (2,600 ft).

The last 124 m (407 ft)[1] up to the Kehlsteinhaus are reached by an elevator bored straight down through the mountain and linked via a tunnel through the granite below that is 124 m (407 ft) long.

The inside of the large elevator car is surfaced with polished brass, Venetian mirrors and green leather.

The main reception room is dominated by a fireplace of red Italian marble, presented by Mussolini.
Much of the furniture was designed by Paul László.
A significant event held at the Kehlsteinhaus was the wedding reception that followed the marriage of Eva Braun’s sister Gretl to Hermann Fegelein on June 3, 1944.
The building is often mistakenly referred to as a “tea house”, a corruption of its abbreviated name, “D-Haus”, short for “Diplomatic Reception Haus”.
As a result it is frequently confused with the actual tea house at Hitler’s Berghof, the Mooslahnerkopf Teehaus he visited daily after lunch.
Although the site is on the same mountain as the Berghof, Hitler rarely visited the property.

It has been suggested he only visited the Kehlsteinhaus around 10 times, and most times for no more than 30 minutes, however he did receive André François-Poncet (the departing French ambassador to Germany) there on October 18, 1938.
As a result of the lack of close association with Hitler the property was saved from demolition at the end of the war.A trail leads above the Kehlsteinhaus towards the Mannlgrat ridge reaching from the Kehlstein to the summit of the Hoher Goll. The route, which is served by a Klettersteig, is regarded as the easiest to the top.
In 1238 Isais – daughter of the Goddess Isis – appeared German knights at the Untersberg, Berchtesgaden, and gave them the following revelation.
‘True I speak – for your hearing.
Image I give – for your seeing.
Speak knowledge and wisdom, all comprising,
from the pre-beginning until the end of the end.
Speak neither allegory nor symbol,
no indirect word,
clearly I give lore, what was, what is.
Human being, because connected to earth,
sanctified to die – but immortal at the same time.
Star children, heavenly born –
much thousendfold older as the world here.
Light force sons and daughters of brilliance,
Heaven dwellers lost in darkness.
Light livelily – but succumbed to shadow,
eternally – but not free of dying.
Rambler over the ridges of the worlds,
new born in this world – but destined for beyond.
Children of God, but not godlike.
Much more is to say about man.
Old is their kind – young is their world.
Unborn the human being,
existing since the pre-beginning, will always be.
Pre-beginning was, when all was given from pre-eternity;
neither was space nor time.
Unsubstantial sleeping the beings all there,
before Allfather took pity on them,
created measurable time, created space,
wander able: worlds of heaven.
There, the seeds of the beings fell in;
Eternity became out of pre-eternity,
Beginning derived from the pre-beginning.
Allfather came down to care about the beings.
Spending life vitality, arousing souls, awaking spirits.
Heavens worlds life and weaving awoke now,
the beings realized their own kind.
Were such, who became man later,
were such, who became animals,
were such like green plants –
and were daemon spirits.
But all not like earth knows today,
what fell from the heaven worlds.
It is heaven descended, what lives on earth,
once escaped from Allfather’s light,
seeking foreign shadows – not knowing.
Because a prince of shadow raised against the worlds of heaven,
to defy Allfather.
An empire of shadow the prince of shadow created himself-
away from the heavens: The dark hell.
Empty endlessness between these worlds extends,
no one, who reconciled there.
While on the middle, between darkness and light,
mighty spirits themselves build Walhall.
Allfather’s bold gods live there,
forever fight prevails between them and hell.
But numerous beings deserted from heaven’s worlds,
to see the hell.
Later they became man.
Such all descended into faint,
forgetting everything what was.
For these fallen Allfather straight created a new world.
Earth’s kingdom in this world with the universe of stars,
to rebirth for the lost droves,
footpath until earthly dying
and door to heavenly homecoming.’


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