Hitler's Priestess : Savitri Devi, the Hindu-Aryan Myth, and Neo-Nazism Paperback
In this window onto the roots and evolution of international neo-Nazism, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke reveals the powerful impact of one of fascism's most creative minds. Savitri Devi's influence on neo-Nazism and other hybrid strains of mystical fascism has been continuos since the mid-1960s.
A Frenchwoman of Greek-English birth, Devi became an admirer of German National Socialism in the late 1920s.
Deeply impressed by its racial heritage and caste-system, she emigrated to India, where she developed her racial ideology, in the early 1930s.
Her works have been reissued and distributed through various neo-Nazi networks and she has been lionized as a foremother of Nazi ideology.
Her appeal to neo-Nazi sects lies in the very eccentricity of her thought - combining Aryan supremacism and anti-Semitism with Hinduism, social Darwinisn, animal rights, and a fundamentally biocentric view of life - and has resulted in curious, yet potent alliances in radical ideology. As one of the earliest Holocaust deniers and the first to suggest that Adolf Hitler was an avatar-- a god come to earth in human form to restore the world to a golden age - Devi became a fixture in the shadowy neo-Nazi world.
In Hitler's Priestess, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke examines how someone with so little tangible connection to Nazi Germany became such a powerful advocate of Hitler's misanthropy. Hitler's Priestess illuminates the life of a woman who achieved the status of a prophetess for her penchant for redirecting authentic religious energies in the service of regenerate fascism.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 278 pages
- Publisher: New York University Press
- Publication Date: 01/10/2000
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780814731116