Single sheet of paper.
Paper of non-standard size as the A4 standard not developed until 1922.
Blue printed letter-head with Germanenorden branding possibly off-set printed.
Type-writer written letter
The Germanorden (German Order) was a secret society founded in 1912 by Phillip Stauff, Hermann Pohl, Theodor Fritsch and others. Many of the members were both Nationalists, Indigenous German Pagans (Asatru) and Freemasons who felt Freemasonry had been infiltrated and changed by Jewish elements. They desired to form a new Order, along similar fraternal and mystic lines, but with an emphasis on German culture. The Order restricted entry to Aryans only, wanted a revival of its German Indigenous Religion and sought to unit all Germanic tribes and States. The order admitted Aryan Women to its first degree.
When WW1 broke out, with most men fighting, the Order stopped its activities. By 1918/1919 it had re-emerged in Bavaria under the leadership of Baron von Sebottendorf, who used the name ‘Thule Society’ as its cover-name. The Bavarian faction grew to over 1,500 members in many lodges.
The Germanenorden may have stayed a secretive and relatively insignificant body if not for the events of the death of seven of its key board members on 30 April 1919. This event changed not only everything for the Order, but ended up causing a chain of events which ultimately lead to the formation of the Nazi Party and WW2.
During the German Revolution 1918-19, the State of Bavaria was, for a short time, under the control of Communists (Räterepublik) (Worker’s Council) and was defeated through efforts by elements of the German Army and Freikorps units. A high point to this battle was the Communist hostage taking of 10 Freikorps members, seven of which were members of the Germanenorden/Thule-Society in 1919. The German Communist Military Police stormed the Hotel Four Seasons on the 26th of April 1919 , used by the Thule society as the societies headquarters arresting 20 people of which 7 where then executed at the Luitpoldgymnasium on the 30th of April as this was used by the German Communists as a police station.
The execution of these members on 30 April 1919 in the Munich Luitpoldgymnasium was the spark which created the Thule Kampfbund as a military arm, this transformed into Freikorps Oberland and was one such notable unit which fought the communists and made way for the Weimar Republic.
Of the seven notable members of the Germanorden/Thule Society executed in 1919, four where German Royals, including Prinz Gustav Franz Maria von Thurn und Taxis, Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Seydlitz, Hella Graefin von Westarp and Franz Karl Freiherr von Teuchert.
The Germanenorden used a Germanic ceremony (ritual) in their loges complete with swastika, druids and music from Wagner. Their fear of further attacks on their Order lead to their development of the German Workers Party as a political wing, later headed by Adolf Hitler.
The entire political program of the Nazi party adopted the mission statement of the Germanenorden. Its ideology was furthered by the SS (Hitler’s Elite Units), which used German runes, German Indigenous wedding rituals and which was headquartered in Castle Wewelsburg – which included a secret lodge room where the rituals of the Germanenorden were carried out.
The letter identified here, is of the Frankonian Lodge (North Bavaria) around 1920, informing members of the lodge that due to ‘special circumstances’ its ordinary meeting cannot go ahead as planned and must be rescheduled.
Very few original examples exist of this highly secretive German ‘lodge-style’ order, which had an extraordinary influence on Nazi ideology and thereby WW2.
This letter was typed by Günther Kirchhoff, an occultist and member of the Germanenorden. He was also a member of the List Society and friends with Karl Maria Wiligut and Philip Stauff.
Karl Maria Wiligut was an SS-Brigadeführer, member of the Schlaraffia-Loge. His SS name was ‘Weisthor’ and a member of Heinrich Himmlers personal staff. Weisthor was responsible for the rebuilding of Castle Wewelsburg into the SS city.
Kirchdorf and Wiligut conducted numerous archaeological surveys of the Black Forrest region in relation to SS and Irmin religious studies. Many of Kirchdorfs essays were published by the Ahnenerbe.
To say this letter is rare and historically significant is an understatement, few original sources of this highly secretive order remain and the letter, including its letterhead, directly link the atrocities and global hardships of WW2 to the anti-Semitic loges of Bavaria, thereby proving the link between the mission statement of the Nazi’s and the secret organisation which underpinned it.
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