The Not-fully-explained Rise of Evil
The CBS Disinformation Event of the Year
by Servando Gonzalez
"A sure thing necessary for evil to flourish
is for Wall Street bankers to help"
I stopped watching TV more than five years ago.
Even with my slight addiction -- I have never been a heavy TV
watcher -- it took me some time and effort to quit, but, finally,
I got rid of the vice. The only TV set at home is confined to
a small exercise room, and it is actually a 13" TV-VCR combo,
which I use only for watching films in videocassette.
One of the few times I have used it as a TV set was to watch the
incredible events of September 11th, 2001. But, after half an
hour of constant non-news, with the screen showing a hypnotic
loop of the plane crashing against the towers again and again,
I turned it off.
Two weeks ago, however, on May 18th and 20th, 2003, I made an
exception and turned it on again to watch the CBS miniseries "Hitler:
The Rise of Evil," which claimed to be "The television
event of the year." As a long-time student of the phenomenon
of evil -- my book The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the
Symbol (http://www.intelibooks.com/) is actually a study on evil
-- the figure of Adolf Hitler has always attracted my attention.
I think that most people agree that, if on one extreme we have
good, and on the other evil, Hitler stands a step beyond the evil
The timing for the release of the miniseries is suspicious, to
say the least. There is no great commemoration of any particular
date justifying it. There are some clues, though. Some people
on the left of the political spectrum, particularly the ones who
see all the bad things happening in America as the result of a
conspiracy of the Republicans and the Right -- which they equate
with evil -- have been consistently calling the attention to the
growing parallel between George W. Bush and the Nazi leader. Doctored
photos of president Bush dressed in Nazi military dress, and sporting
a Hitler-like moustache, are proliferating on the Web. By the
way, they are not too far off the truth. The parallel between
the two characters seems to grow by the day.
The images of the Reichstag fire I saw in the small screen, and
Hitler's use of it as a pretext to abolish the constitution, his
creation of the Enabling Law and its implementation to establish
a totalitarian dictatorship in Germany, are too similar for comfort
to the events currently happening in America since September 11th,
2001. Seemingly, history repeats itself. Unfortunately, however,
"Hitler: The Rise of Evil," falls so short of its target
that I cannot blame it on ignorance or stupidity, but on a conscious
effort to mislead the American public.
I am not a film critic, so I am not going to expand in the artistic
aspects of the film. Enough is to say that Robert Carlyle's characterization
of Hitler is excellent -- he avoided most of the stereotypes I
have seen in previous films about Hitler -- and that the supporting
cast, almost without exception, helped to make an interesting
film. The atmosphere, and some of the mass scenes depicting the
birth of the Nazi movement, are among the best of the genre. The
problem with the film, however, is that though it accurately shows
Hitler's evil, the explanation of its cause is superficial. Moreover,
it does not points to the ones who nurtured the evil monster.
The True Cause of Hitler's Evil: The Occult
In one key scene, the film depicts Hitler's selection of the swastika
sign as a symbol of his Nazi movement as a result either of artistic
inspiration or marketing strategy. Nothing further from the truth.
Though the events are still blurred under controversy -- in my
Web site The Swastika and the Nazis I study 15 different theories,
none of them conclusive -- the available facts indicate that Hitler's
selection of the swastika was most likely related to his involvement
in black magic and occultism.
The Thule Society (Thule Gesellschaft), the real inspiration of
Nazism, was founded in August, 1919, in Munich, as an off-shoot
of the Germanen Order, another secret society, founded under the
initiative of a strange character named Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorf.
Among its most important members were also Max Amann, Anton Drexler,
Dietrich Eckart, Hans Frank, Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, Gottfried
Feder, and others who later became Nazi leaders. Adolf Hitler
belonged to the Society as an "associate" or "visiting
brother." The emblem of the Thule Society depicted a German
dagger over a sinistroverse swastika (the one whose virtual rotation
is counterclockwise) with its curved legs pointing to the right.
The Thule Gesellschaft was a front for a whole web of secret societies
which had similar racist and anti-Semitic occultist roots. Among
the members of these groups were influential people, like the
political theorist Gottfried Feder, whose Hammer Union furnished
cadres to the future Nazi Party. In this circle of initiates was
also Hans Frank, a lawyer member of the Nazi party and future
governor-general of Poland. The initiative for the creation of
the Thule Society came from Baron von Sebottendorf, head of the
Bavarian branch of the Germanen Order. In the name of the Thule
Society, Sebottendorf bought the newspaper Voelkischer Beobachter
-- which later became the official Nazi Party journal. Dietrich
Eckart, for many years Hitler's mentor, provided the money for
An occultist as well as a rabid nationalist, Eckart and a group
of the Society's inner circle had been waiting for the appearance
of a German messiah who would fuse politics and religion into
an unholy crusade against the ideals of the Christian world. It
is believed that it was Eckart who introduced Hitler to the secret
world of black magic and occultism. Eckart final words, "Follow
Hitler! He will dance, but it is I who have called the tune!"
... "Do not mourn for me: I have influenced history more
than any other German," seem to indicated this.
Though the film devotes some time to describe Hitler's stay at
Landsberg Fortress prison after his failed Munich putsch in 1923.,
and his work with his aid Rudolf Hess in the writing of Mein Kampf,
it totally ignores an almost daily visitor: Professor Karl Haushoffer.
Among Haushoffer's students at Munich university was a young,
bright army officer: Rudolf Hess. Soon Hess became Haushoffer
favorite student. Later Hess also became one of the closest associates
of Hitler. It is a well known fact that it was Rudolf Hess who
introduced Haushoffer to Adolf Hitler. Haushoffer was a member
of several secret organizations, and was heavily involved in occultism.
Most people ignore that Hitler's true motive for the annexation
of Austria was not politics, but occultism. In his book The
Spear of Destiny, Trevor Ravenscroft mentions an occult legend
which stated that the "Spear of Destiny", also known
as the "Spear of Longinus", was the actual spear with
which a Roman soldier pierced Jesus' side at his crucifixion.
Like some occultists, Hitler believed that whoever possessed this
spear and understood the powers it served, held the destiny of
the world in his hands for good or evil. The "Spear of Destiny"
belonged to the Hapsburg Family in Austria, and was housed in
the Hapsburg Treasure House Museum in Vienna. Hitler made many
visits to see the Spear when he was young; and spent long hours
admiring it. After he assumed absolute dictatorial powers over
both Germany and Austria, the first thing he did was travel to
Austria, and steal the Spear from the Museum. From that moment,
Hitler believed he controlled the power of the occult, and was
invincible in war.
It is useful to remember that modern Iraq is located in the center
of Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization on planet earth. The
history of ancient Mesopotamian culture begins in 5000 B.C., with
the Sumerians, then the Babylonians and Assyrians. Some occultists
believe that, in earlier times, planet earth was visited by intelligent
beings from outer space. Most of them landed and colonized the
area now known as Iraq. Some archeological pieces in museums of
the area are believed to be artifacts, or depictions of artifacts,
brought by extraterrestrials. Some occultists are convinced that
at least some of the visitors came from Planet Mars. This year
will be the closest that Mars has come to our planet in nearly
60,000 years. It is an important year for occultists all around
When I listened to the news of the strange circumstances surrounding
the looting of the museum in Baghdad, I felt a strange sensation
in the pit of my stomach. Just the thought that the true causes
of this weird, unexplainable war, conceived by a President who
is a member of a secret society, may have been not oil and greed,
as many believe, but something more dark and sinister, gives me
The True Cause of Hitler's Evil: Wall Street Bankers
If one is to believe the film, Hitler came to power in Germany
with the financial help of some German capitalists. As depicted
in the film, it was the enigmatic "Putzi" Hanfstaengl,
a German- American, the one who promoted Hitler among the wealthy
in Germany. At the end of the film it is mentioned, without further
explanation, that eventually Hanfstaengl became disenchanted with
the Nazis and moved back to the US, where he became a counselor
on Nazi things for president Roosevelt.
What is missing in the picture is that Hanfstaengl, a shady figure
who had a strange role in the Reichstag fire --the event which
most helped Hitler in his grab for power-- was not only a friend
and protegé of Roosevelt, but had strong connections among
Wall Street bankers. The best study of the role of Wall Street
bankers in financing Hitler's Nazi party is Antony Sutton's Wall
Street and the Rise of Hitler, and I am going to borrow most of
the information for this section from his book. I suggest readers
interested in the subject to buy a copy of professor Sutton's
book and read it carefully.
In his book, Sutton provides ample information proving that some
American companies associated with Wall Street bankers, mainly
the Morgan-Rockefeller investment bankers, were closely linked
to the growth of Nazi industry in the late thirties. The main
companies participating in this exchange were Ford, General Electric,
General Motors, and Dupont, all of them, with the exception of
Ford, controlled by Wall Street bankers. Among U.S. millionaires
helping the Nazis were the Rockefellers, William Randolph Hearst
Sr., Andrew Mellon, Irenee du Pont, Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan,
just to name a few of the most conspicuous ones.
It is know that Hitler, who at the end of WWI was living in precarious
economic conditions, by the early 1920s suddenly began living
like a wealthy man, with plush apartments, mansions, expensive
suits, luxury cars, servants and body guards. It is known that
some American Wall Street bankers, and the companies they controlled
had been pouring money into Hitler's big pockets.
Instrumental in making the connections between American bankers
and Nazi leaders were Allen and John Foster Dulles, then corporate
lawyers at Sullivan and Cromwell. Another important firm who heavily
collaborated with the Nazis was W.A. Harriman & Company. In
1931 Harriman & Company merged with another company and became
Brown Brothers, Harriman. One of the senior partners of the new
company was Prescott Bush, president W. Bush's grandfather. In
1942 the U.S. government charged Prescott Bush with running Nazi
fronts in the U.S. During the investigation, it was found that
Prescott Bush's companies had been covertly working for Nazi Germany.
The collaboration of Wall Street and the Nazis did not end when
Hitler, like Frankenstein's monster, turned against the ones who
had created him. After the U.S. declared war on Germany, the ubiquitous
Allen Dulles, now acting as an Office of Strategic Services' senior
intelligence officer in Bern, began dealing under the table with
the Nazis. Dulles was instrumental in helping to escape and bringing
to America many defeated Nazi leaders.
The Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana wrote that those
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. The problem
with Santayana's dictum is that, before remembering the past,
one must ask oneself: Which past? Which History? Distorting the
past the way this CBS miniseries has done is an effort to guarantee
that the mistakes of the past will be repeated again and again.
Servando González is a Cuban-born American author. Among
his books are Historia herética de la revolución
Fidelista, The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol,
and The Nuclear deception: Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile