Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult

Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult

Unholy Alliance

A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult

(New and Expanded Edition)

With a Foreword by Norman Mailer

Peter Levenda

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  • What is the relationship between the Nazi movement and the esoteric societies of its day?
  • Describes the sinister and twisted rituals practiced by some at the highest level of Nazi leadership
  • Illuminates Nazi ideology and its survival to the present day

In June of 1979, the author flew to Chile — then under martial law — to investigate claims that a mysterious colony and torture center in the Andes Mountains held a key to the relationship between Nazi ideology and its post-war survival on the one hand, and occult ideas and practices on the other. He was detained there briefly, and released with a warning: “You are not welcome in this country.” The people who warned him were not Chileans but Germans, not government officials but agents of the assassination network Operation Condor. They were also Nazis, providing a sanctuary for men like Josef Mengele, Hans Ulrich Rudel, and Otto Skorzeny. In other words: ODESSA.


First published in 1995, Unholy Alliance was the first book in English on the subject of Nazi occultism to be based on the captured Nazi archives themselves, as well as on the author’s personal investigations and interviews, often conducted under dangerous conditions. The book attracted the attention of historians and journalists the world over, and has been translated into six foreign languages. A later edition boasts the famous foreword by Norman Mailer, a foreword that later became an entire chapter in his The Spooky Art. The book was also consulted frequently by Mailer as he was engaged in writing his final novel: The Castle in the Forest, about the life of Adolf Hitler.


How did occultism come to play such an important role in the development of Nazi political ideology? What influence did such German and Austrian occult leaders as Lanz von Liebenfels and Guido von List have over the fledgling Nazi Party? What was the Thule Gesellschaft, and who was its creator: Baron von Sebottendorf? Did the Nazi high command really believe in occultism? In astrology? In magic and reincarnation?


This is a new and expanded edition of the original text, with much additional information on the rise of extremist groups in Europe, Latin America, Asia … and the United States and the esoteric beliefs that are at their foundations. It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Ratline and The Hitler Legacy. This is where it all began.


About the Author

Peter Levenda is a well-known author of many published works on esoteric subjects. Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for non-fiction in 1995. Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priest, and the Disappearance of Adolph Hitler and Hitler Legacy: The Nazi Cult in Diaspora: How it was Organized, How it was Funded, and Why it Remains a Threat to Global Security in the Age of Terrorism, all by Ibis Press, round out this important trilogy of Nazi history. Levenda is also the author Ibis Press titles Tantric Temples: Eros and Magic in Java, and The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic. He is also working with Blink 182 rock star Tom DeLonge on the Sekret Machines project.


Ibis Press

History, World War II, Conspiracy, Esoterica



ISBN: 978-0-89254-190-4

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-89254-680-0

464 pp. • 6 x 9

12-page photo insert




Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult