Baroque library hall in the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague. A collection of 13,000 occult and witchcraft books that were once part of Himmler’s “witch library” were found in the library.

Stash of Books from the Witch Library of Nazi Chief Himmler Found in Prague

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A collection of 13,000 occult and witchcraft books has been found recently in the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague. It belonged to Heinrich Himmler, a SS Nazi chief. The collection was forgotten in the library since at least the 1950s. According to the Daily Mail , the Norwegian Masonic researcher, Bjørn Helge Horrisland said that the books had been mostly stolen and collected during World War II.

The collection contains texts connected with witchcraft and occultism. Some of the volumes are very rare. The value of all of the books is unknown. They were gathered as the Nazis were searching everywhere for texts connected with magic and tried to accumulate everything in one place. Some of the books were taken from the Norwegian order of Freemasons in Oslo.

SS Nazi chief Heinrich Himmler took about 6,000 books from the Norwegian Order of Freemasons as part of his research into witch hunts.

SS Nazi chief Heinrich Himmler took about 6,000 books from the Norwegian Order of Freemasons as part of his research into witch hunts. ( Public Domain )

In 1935, the SS created a special section called ''H'' ( H-Sonderkommando, so named for the first letter of the German word Hexe, meaning ''witch''). This section was looking for documents on witchcraft, the occult, and the supernatural. They sought the information amongst at least 260 libraries and archives. Their work took place from 1935 to 1944. As a result, they accumulated the greatest concentrated collection on witches and their persecution in medieval Germany. This was the largest survey of witch-trial records to be found in the history of Europe.

1627 engraving of the malefizhaus of Bamberg, Germany, where suspected witches were held and interrogated.

1627 engraving of the malefizhaus of Bamberg, Germany, where suspected witches were held and interrogated. ( Public Domain )

Horrisland, a Norwegian Freemason historian, participated in the identification of some of the books in Prague. After he recognized many of them as ones which belonged to the central Norwegian Order of Freemasons library in Oslo, he summarized : “In all likelihood, many of these books were part of Himmler’s so-called ‘witch library’.

The books were collected for the institute Ahnenerbe, which was also created to research the archaeological and historical roots of the Aryan race. It was founded on July 1, 1935 by Himmler, Herman Wirth, and Richard Walther Darre. Apart from gathering texts, they also conducted experiments and expeditions to prove that they were the ancestors of the Nordic population which had once ruled the world.

Heinrich Himmler believed that the power of the old occult masters would help the Nazis to rule the world. He followed the Witch-Cult hypothesis, created by Margaret Murray, a famous researcher in this field. He believed in a scientific point of view on a witchcraft and with time he became obsessed with it. He trusted that the Celto-Germanic Nature religion would bring him all that he desired - but the simple version of purely traditional aspects was not enough for him. The Nazis created the dirtiest and most corrupt version of ''witchcraft'' to have ever existed.

Himmler thought that the actions of the Catholic church’s Inquisition were purposefully trying to repress an indigenous German pagan nature-based religion, völkisch, in a conspiracy against the Aryan race. He even tried to find proof for his own magical roots, and according to biographers on Himmler, he discovered that one of his ancestors was burned as a witch. His anger at these acts appeared in anti-Christian propaganda. He began to hate Christianity and believed that he owed his “successes” against it to the ones who were murdered for having a knowledge of magic.

According to Georg Luck, the cult which Himmler followed had its roots in late antiquity. In his book, Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds , he described the basis of the beliefs which became an important part of the political life of Nazis. The cult worshiped the Horned God of Celts and a Greco-Roman Pan/Faunus. It was a combination of gods which gave roots to a new deity, an early conception of the Devil.

Witches' Sabbath by Francisco de Goya.

Witches' Sabbath by Francisco de Goya. ( Public Domain )

Himmler is credited as a founder of '' Esoteric Hitlerism ''. He was also deeply involved in astrology, and tried to construct a new pseudo-Germanic Neopagan religion, based on a cult created in his imagination. He approved officially pagan holidays and manipulated the facts connected with traditional pagan cults.


There must have been something very special and very powerful in the most Ancient human spirituality which has always made it a subject of constant attempts to suppress it, hide it, appropriate it in secret societies, condemn it.
Truth is that people were special and powerful in spirit in the prehistoric times of humanity dawn. Therefore their spirituality was also very powerful. Ancient Bulgarian language traces all the human spirituality history back to its roots. Ancient Bulgarians were the first human beings the giant enlightened sages who lived in full unity with God Existence. Their priests called Zhretsi used to wear horns and masks of animals, wings of birds, etc. while performing their spiritual rituals in honor of Godess Allmather of Creation. They called this Godess Ba from where the Bulgarian word Ban arose. Ban means Godly. Later on Ban became a major deity in Roman empire, created by Ancient Bulgarians. Ancient Bulgarians called Ban all Godly priests who performed the spiritual rituals. They called them also Volkish which means Like Wolves, because they used to wear wolves masks as well. With the spreading of Ancient Bulgarians around the globe priests themselves started being perceived as Gods which gave birth to Ancient Hellenistic, Egyptian, Roman, Indian, American Indian gods. Main part of them have all Bulgarian naming. Swastika is the sign of God Sun the Son of Godess Ba Allmather. The original Sanscrit name of Swastika is SuAz-tika whereas Su Az is a Bulgarian naming meaning With the Soul. Swastka was a symbol one had always to have with himself and and that is the meaning of SuAz-tika - with the soul. Sanscrit is Ancient Bulgarian language written down with a different alphabet.

Very interestin Aliya. Perhaps you could supply AO with information to do an article on the ancient Bulgarian history. Considering the close proximity of the Bosnian pyramid to Bulgaria, it speaks volumes of the high civilization which once inhabited that area, long before the divisions of ‘countries’.

If paganism had been that powerful, the Christian Church would have taken over, rather than suppress it. That being said, this doesn't explain the persecution of pagans.

The Western World was collapsing and the pagan beliefs no longer met their needs, hence the appeal of Christianity. The upper classes had the power, privilege, and wealth, the lower classes had the misery. Christianity at offered the masses a chance at a better afterlife, which paganism did not.

You seem to be clutching at staws here. But you prove my point... We really do not know where it really started

The persecution of these ‘pagans’ comes about due to their truths and knowledge as to how they perceived the world around them and how they interacted with their gods and goddess’s.

Their truths where deemed a threat to the power that the Church was exerting. Not that their truths where a ‘lie’ but that they where truths. They perceived; all that was to be alive. Full of spirit. Everything was significant in how they interacted with their physical environment their spiritual way of life. The Church wanted absolute control over the spirit/souls world and the physical world.

This ‘collapse’ of the pagan world’s way of live comes by the Church having killed off all those with knowledge of this world.

The ‘nobles’ those of wealth and power where ‘bribed’ with more power, more land to accept the Christian faith as truth.

The peasants, the serfs, the slaves, the general population where threatened with death, starvation, torture, confinement and persecution etc to become Christians. In other words, ‘accept the teaching of the church or die’.

The Church both suppressed their beliefs and took control.

The pagan beliefs meet their needs as a people but was destroyed by the Church. Hence the Christian faith did not so much as ‘offer the masses a chance at a better after life’, but rather accept the ‘new teaching’ and you just might have a ‘life’.

It is interesting that they collected ancient texts when it suited them this is something that stuck out to me in wikipedia concerning book burnings, “Books that advocate “art” which is decadent, bloodless, or purely constructivist” I wonder if an attack on other peoples art was a way to strenghten their own claim. Especially considering all innovations were someones art.

Troy Mobley

I'm just curious how these things are 'lost' or 'forgotten'. Are there endless shelves that may contain other interesting treasures?

Witchcraft very interested in

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