David Wilcock on the Nephilim of Atlantis; Plus: Right-Wing German Politician Cites Atlantis in Anti-Globalization Article
Before we begin today, I thought I’d mention that this weekend David Wilcock released a more than two hour long free YouTube video that was putatively on the topic of Atlantis in Antarctica but was mostly a rehash of his recent conspiracy theories about government and alien cooperation, and also a commercial for the full-price nine-hour video on the same subject he’s been promoting for months. As the accompanying article explains, “A civilization of ‘Pre-Adamite’ giants with elongated skulls appears to have crash-landed on a continent we now call Antarctica some 55,000 years ago. This is the apparent origin of what we are now calling the Cabal, Illuminati or New World Order.” It’s a mishmash of Donnelly’s Nephilim of Atlantis, ancient astronaut theories, and alt-right conspiracy theories. How can one even begin to engage in a rational conversation with someone who uncritically accepts that his friend Corey Goode was taken by good conservative Trump-voting aliens in a five-seat alien transport craft to a secret lunar base as part of a battle plan against evil liberal cone-headed Democrat aliens, all while no one noticed his abduction or absence, even though this took place in “my backyard”?
Speaking of Atlantis, our friend, the Atlantis researcher Thorwald C. Franke, reported in his Atlantis Newsletter (No. 90) on a strange and somewhat disturbing reference to Atlantis in the nationalist writings of a small German rightwing extremist party, Bürgerbewegung pro Deutschland (Pro Germany Citizens’ Movement). The party follows the usual program of European rightwing extremists: It is nationalistic, anti-immigrant, and it favor of strict policing. Its policy positions revolve around mass deportations of immigrants and segregation of those with limited German proficiency, a proxy for segregation of ethnic and racial minorities. As of today, the party holds very little political power.
Its chairman, Manfred Rouhs, is a longtime rightwing extremist, and the German Wikipedia says that he is also a mass copyright infringer, selling what it cites c’t magazine as calling “dubious” licenses to Microsoft products in order to fund the Bürgerbewegung pro Deutschland party.
In an article published last week on his party’s website, Rouhs raised the specter of Atlantis and all that it entails in a lengthy argument against globalization and capitalism. I will translate the relevant passage below. My translation owes a bit of debt to Franke, whose newsletter offered a partial translation of the first few sentences:
Greeks, Romans, and Germanic peoples unanimously report the existence of a seafaring high civilization in prehistoric times which is said to have been far superior to all other cultures of this time. Plato drew from the reports which were available to him for his tale of Atlantis. Whatever Atlantis was, it could have been the starting point for the first modern civilization. The Egyptians achieved a performance level in architecture and agriculture that exceeded that of the later European Middle Ages. They had also already experimented with electricity. The Incas built an impressive empire on American soil with a highly-developed infrastructure. If they had not been divided by struggles for land and other natural resources, then they, rather than we, might have invented book printing, steam engines, and firearms.
As Franke notes, the claim that Atlantis is real (and that Egyptians had electricity, for that matter!) has nothing to do with Rouhs’s argument about capitalism and globalization. Why, then, would a German rightwing extremist throw in a claim about the “superiority” of Atlantis? I am afraid that I have to agree with Franke that the most likely reason is that Rouhs is drawing on historical associations between Atlantis and the perceived special origins of European civilization.
What puzzles me, though, is the claim that the Germanic peoples (Germanen in the original, as opposed to the Deutsche, or modern Germans) recorded the existence of this ancient culture. The ancient Germanic peoples left no written records. Tacitus, whose Germania is one of the few literary sources for Germanic beliefs in the ancient period, makes no mention of it either. This leads me to think that Rouhs has in mind an old hoax text.
The Oera Linda Book was a nineteenth century hoax that purported to be an Old Frisian text from around 800 CE. It told of how the ancestors of the Frisians came from Atlantis: “Aldland, called by the seafaring people, Atland, disappeared, and the wild waves rose so high over hill and dale that everything was buried in the sea” (trans. William R. Sandbach). This text was exposed as a hoax in 1879, but Heinrich Himmler accepted it as true and as proof that the Germanic peoples came from Atlantis. As a result, the book became known in Nazi circles as “Himmler’s Bible.” Himmler became fascinated with the book because Hermann Wirth, later the head of Himmler’s Ahnenerbe, had translated the text into German. He offered a bizarre rationale for its authenticity: Even though the exact language, he said, was a nineteenth century fake, the forger created it from a genuine but unknown Germanic text and it therefore was an accurate retelling of an otherwise unknown original. Wirth’s advocacy of the text cost him nearly everything when the majority of German scholars rejected the idea, but Himmler was taken with the claims and used the power of the Nazi government to override scholarly consensus. Indeed, those who continued to doubt the book’s authenticity saw themselves subject to harassment from Himmler’s SS, according to books on Nazi science.
As far as I know, this text is the “Germanic” connection to Atlantis, and Rouhs’s allusions to it seem to imply a connection back to the Nazi past.
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