A lost Nazi library containing 13,000 books on the occult discovered in the Czech Republic
A lost library containing 13,000 books on the occult belonging to Nazi SS Commander Heinrich Himmler, was recently discovered near Prague. The collection was originally known as the “Witches Library, “ and contains information that Himmler thought would help the Nazis rule the world.
As Himmler rose to power alongside Hitler, he used the opportunity to search for any and all occult information along with anything that he could spin to make the Aryans look more powerful. As the Nazis spread over Europe, so too did his collection.
Although Hitler was never as much a believer in the occult, he let Himmler indulge his inclinations. In 1935, Himmler formed the research group, the “Ahnenerbe.” Under this authority, the Nazis amassed a huge collection of knowledge, including occult knowledge.
Himmler was a devout believer in the occult from an early age. He spent much of his life attempting to prove that Germans were directly descended from a Nordic bloodline, which to him amounted to evidence that the Aryan bloodline was the strongest in the world. During his research, he also came to resent Christianity, going so far as to believe that many of the witch trials throughout Europe were meant to suppress the German people.
The discovery of the Witches Library was made by a Norwegian researcher searching for books taken from the Norwegian Freemason library during the Nazi occupation. His search brought him to the National Library of the Czech Republic near Prague, and from there to a depot that hadn’t been opened since the 1950s. There he discovered the collection, which includes more than 13,000 volumes.
Before the fall of the Reich, the collection was intended for Wewelsburg Castle in Western Germany, known during the war as “Black Camelot.” From there, Himmler anointed SS officers as knights, in a twisted recreation of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
During the war, Himmler became one of Hitler’s closest confidants. Along with running the SS, he became the Minister of the Interior and head of the German Police (including the Gestapo). He was also one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust. In 1933, shortly after the Nazi’s took power he founded the first concentration camp at Dachau. It would become the model that all other, similar camps were modeled on.
When the war was lost, Himmler fled, but was soon captured by the Russians. He killed himself, and took with him the location of much of the Nazi’s stolen loot.
Many of the books are rare, and some are potentially the only copies in the world. Historians have been called upon to help analyze and catalog the library, and a Norwegian TV company is planning a documentary recapping the find.