(at left the motif for the Ahnenerbe, a sort of occult bureau of archeology)
In looking into this one will find allot of real oddball stuff like Nazi UFO's and journeys to the Arctic (or the Moon as some like to claim). Now there is allot of b.s. about this out there but that shouldn't detract from some of the incredible yet true stuff. Recently I read a book entitled simply enough, "Nazis and the Occult" by Paul Roland (2007) which dispels allot of the far out there stuff but has just as much that makes you wonder just how far gone the regime really was. Most sources have it that it was Himmler ( and others )that was more the occultist and that Hitler only put up with it when it suited him. But then again who knows really?
Here's just a few examples of the Nazi's and their journey to the dark side.
1/ German expedition to Tibet (1938-1939)
surely inspired the Indian Jones films. This real life expedition to find the origins of the "Aryans". The expedition brought back records and research of mandalas, etc.
2/ The Spear of Destiny
Apparently the spear that pierced Christ on the cross. Those that held it were destined to rule, as did Charlemagne apparently who died when he lost it. Kind of sounds like the Lord of the Rings.... but there is a real life artifact and Hitler did claim it immediately after taking over Austria.
3/ The Nazi Bell (Die Glocke)
A Nazi UFO or time travel device? This did exist. Another case of truth stranger than fiction!
4/ Nazi Psychic Experiments
apparently psychic and mediums,dowsers and the whole gammut were called up time to time but a great many of them were thrown into concentration camps as well. Maybe the Nazi's didn't like what was predicted?
5/ Vril and Thule Societies
The Vril and Thule societies that were occult in nature and practice, had allot of weird ideas that the Nazi regime adapted. But how much influence they really had in the Reich is up for speculation. This ties back into the whole UFO's and Antarctic base/hollow earth Nazis thing. There is also an apparent connection to the concentration camps in being the Reich had sacrifices to offer.
6/ New Swabia/ Antarctic expedition
There was in fact and expedition but apparently it was to establish a whaling station. Other say though that it was to find the mystic "hollow earth". Interestingly though that later on many of the "hollow earth" theorists were sent to concentration camps by the regime.