By Peter Staudenmaier
The connection among Nazism and occultism has been an item of fascination and hypothesis for many years. Peter Staudenmaier’s among Occultism and Nazism presents a close old exam founded at the anthroposophist move based by means of Rudolf Steiner. Its dazzling findings exhibit a striking point of Nazi help for Waldorf colleges, biodynamic farming, and different anthroposophist projects, whilst Nazi officers tried to suppress occult traits. The publication additionally contains an research of anthroposophist involvement within the racial guidelines of Fascist Italy. in keeping with huge archival study, this learn deals wealthy fabric on arguable questions on the character of esoteric spirituality and substitute cultural beliefs and their political resonance.
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J. Roberts, “The Racial Interpretation of History and Politics” International Journal of Ethics 18 (1908), 475–92. 33 On Chamberlain, popularizer of the notion of a “racial soul,” see Donald Thomas, “Esoteric Religion and Racism in the Thought of Houston Chamberlain” Journal of Popular Culture 5 (1971), 69–81, and Hildegard Chatellier, “Rasse und Religion bei Houston Stewart Chamberlain” in Schnurbein and Ulbricht, Völkische Religion und Krisen der Moderne, 184–207. A spiritual complement to physical race attributes already played a notable role in the mid-nineteenth century racial theories of Gobineau; cf.
This is the subject of Chapter Seven, which explores the range of political stances anthroposophists adopted in their efforts to forge a spiritual alternative to the ravages of materialism. Several of the most prominent anthroposophists in Italy found themselves collaborating with the Fascist regime, an aspect of the movement’s past that remains unacknowledged today. Steiner’s Italian followers took a more aggressive approach, in some cases, to anthroposophy’s racial teachings. The final chapter concentrates on the anthroposophist role in promoting “spiritual racism” under Fascist auspices.
In 1913 Steiner moved the headquarters of the Anthroposophical Society to the village of Dornach in Switzerland. 11 257; Heiner Barz, Anthroposophie im Spiegel von Wissenschaftstheorie und Lebensweltforschung (Weinheim: Deutscher Studien Verlag, 1994). 11 For brief discussion of Steiner’s place within the broader religious landscape of early twentieth century Germany see Thomas Nipperdey, Religion im Umbruch: Deutschland 1870–1918 (Munich: Beck, 1988), 145–46; a more thorough analysis is available in Bernhard Maier, Die religionsgeschichtliche Stellung der Anthroposophie (Munich: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Religionsund Weltanschauungsfragen, 1988).