Germany's Antarctic Claim - Secret Nazi Polar Expeditions by Christof Friedrich (1977).pdf

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Practical experience in Antarctica proved vital during the anti-communist
campaign in the East.
Every effort has been made by the authors to give credit to the originators of
material whether it be written or pictorial. However, in some cases such
originators have died, disappeared, or for other various reasons cannot be
identified. Every source in this book which can be revealed has been cited in the
appropriate place.
This book reveals for the first time a little known, but very important
historical phenomenon: Germany's and in particular, Adolf Hitler's intense
interest and personal fascination with the polar regions. Out of the millions
upon millions of words written and spoken to inform and misinform, to reveal,
conceal, report and distort the minutest aspects of Hitler's public and private
life, apparently nothing has been written outside of Germany regarding this area
of Hitler's interest. Such an omission is at first surprising until one discovers
that only parts of the story have come to light and that even these incomplete
fragments are known to a very few widely scattered and virtually isolated
Though easily overlooked, the investigators of National Socialist history
have been able to perceive the many references to this ice-ridden facet of the
Third Reich among Hitler's myriad, far-ranging interests, even during his early
years as an unknown, starving artist. By years of patient research, painstaking
sifting of articles, books, pictures, manuscripts and eyewitness accounts, these
investigators determined that Adolf Hitler, many years prior to his ascension to
the Chancellorship of Greater Germany, had been keenly interested in the
mysterious, last frontiers of this planet, the frozen immensities of the Arctic and
Antarctica. Why Hitler was so interested in the polar regions is not immediately
clear to the casual researcher, but it becomes so when one observes the
recurrent convergence and congruence of two main themes:
(1) Decades before the advent of the present massive Soviet and Japanese
exploitation of this precious resource, Hitler understood the importance of the
whaling industry for the provision of protein and raw materials to the cramped
population of Germany, always dependent upon its none-too-friendly neighbors
for its food requirements above the subsistence level.
(2) The titanic drama of the polar wastes, where Nature's forces clash
unabated—blizzards, hurricanes, jagged icebergs, volcanic fire and eternal ice,
gigantic beasts; where brave and hardy men survived and more than this,
overcame these obstacles in the quest for knowledge, risking their lives in frail
boats or trekking determinedly across the glittering howling wilderness—this
drama, with all its color, sound, fury and heroism appealed greatly to Hitler, the
artist, the romantic disciple of Wagner and not least, to Hitler the
anthropologist, who wished to rediscover the cultural heritage of his Nordic,
Aryan ancestors. Was it possible, he wondered, that the frozen wastes
demanded a race of heroes and so produced one, or was a race of heroes already
in existence which found the harsh demands of this environment in keeping
with its own virtues?
To answer these questions of existence, to rediscover his racial, hence,
cosmic roots, the young, maturing Hitler studied the remnants of his ancient
Aryan forefathers, the robust wisdom which may be found, for example, in the
Nordic Sagas, untarnished by the fetid breath of Judeo-Christianity. Along this
path of forgotten knowledge, Hitler encountered a radically different theory
concerning the creation of the world: Paul Hoerbiger's "Welteislehre" theory,
widely discussed in German intellectual circles.
In this quest for truth rooted in Nature and not in superstition, the young
Hitler came into contact with members of the secret Thule Society which was
very active in the Munich area. Interestingly enough, the logo or emblem of this
society includes a. Swastika, a downward-pointing sword and a wreath of oak
leaves, all frequently used symbols of the later National Socialist organizations.
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