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Whether you learned about it from watching “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or, even earlier, from reading Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier’s European bestseller “The Morning of the Magicians,” who doesn’t now know that Hitler and Nazi Germany were obsessed with the occult?

In “Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich” Eric Kurlander, professor of history at Stetson University, carefully tracks the fringe movements and lunatic beliefs that swept through Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In particular, he documents the intense interest in parapsychology, New Age fantasies and so-called “border science.” Some Nazi leaders firmly believed that the Aryan race descended from the aliens who established Atlantis, that Satan was really a good guy and that werewolves actually protected clean-living Teutons against the ravages and sexual depredations of Slavic vampires.

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“Hitler’s Monsters,” by Eric Kurlander (Yale University Press)

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/it-turns-out-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-wasnt-so-far-off-about-the-nazis/2017/08/01/d22f640e-75f5-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html?utm_term=.3194d95a89c5

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