Before we begin today, I’d like to direct your attention to my July 30 blog post about alien anal probes. Robert Shaeffer has called to my attention a 1965 report about Barney Hill receiving an anal probe, and I have updated my post accordingly. Now, I’d like to spend some time discussing some European anti-Semitic material that directly impacts my discussion this past weekend of the anti-Semitic conspiracy book that was cited approvingly on Giorgio Tsoukalos’s In Search of Aliens.
I’ll start with an easy one since there is an English version (apparently more than one) of Jan Van Helsing’s anti-Semitic conspiracy book Secret Societies (1993). Here is what Van Helsing had to say about the spacecraft that the Nazis supposedly captured in 1936, which Giorgio Tsoukalos cited on In Search of Aliens on Friday. I take this from the version appearing on Archive.org:
Beside the “THULE-GESELLSCHAFT” (Thule Society), which will be described in detail later, there was another secret order in the Third Reich, the “VRIL-GESELLSCHAFT”. This was mainly occupied with the building of UFOs. They had, next to Viktor Schauberger and Dr. W.O. Schumann, also Schriever, Habermohl, Miethe, Epp and Belluzo working for them, whose developments were greatly accelerated after – according to them – an “extraterrestrial” saucer went down in the Black Forest in 1936 and was hardly damaged. After having scrupulously studied the drive and having joined the findings to the already enormous body of knowledge of the “Vril-Gesellschaft” about implosion and anti-gravity, they started to build their own prototypes.
Even Van Helsing doubts the material Tsoukalos cites to his book as established fact!
Now the question is whether Tsoukalos means us to take his endorsement of Van Helsing’s tepid report of a 1936 saucer crash as an endorsement of Van Helsing’s other claims, or whether Tsoukalos’s staff simply did a keyword search for the 1936 saucer myth and went with the first thing they found.
In the rest of the book Van Helsing goes on to ascribe a vast conspiracy to members of “the Zionist community” and to the Jewish Rothschild banking family—all material that seems to have been carefully recycled by Jim Marrs in his Our Occulted History and recent work based on that book. But Van Helsing filters his anti-Semitic rant through a conspiracy run by Templars, Cistercians, Illuminati, and Freemasons to hide the “truth” about Jesus—clear Scott Wolter territory, except for when it turns anti-Semitic by alleging that the Templars and their descendants hold that the God of the Hebrews was Satan and the Jews the sons of the Devil. Thus, in Van Helsing’s view, there layers upon layers in the battle between Satan and Jesus. The book approvingly cites the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and reproduces them. Here he talks of the Protocols and Jews:
It is an absolute fact that the Protocols are of Jewish origin. […] Again, don’t just swallow what the (mostly Jewish) mass-media is telling you. Get yourself some history books and the Encyclopaedia Judaica and get your knowledge yourself through your own research. […] To bring it down to the point: the race with the most “anti-Semitic” attitude is probably the modern Jew himself.
Van Helsing does not believe Jews are Semites because he sees original flavor Judaism as having been taken over by impure non-Hebraic fake Jews who are responsible for turning the faith evil. Van Helsing, to be fair, does say that he has no intention of inciting animus against Jews as a “race” but rather intends to explain the “belief system” of the Jews that made Hitler, Benjamin Franklin, and others want to “hunt down the Jews.”
Wherever they went, the Mosaic or Talmudic Jews became legendary for their crookedness and their diabolical ingenuity in taking advantage of those with whom they come in contact. They were both feared and despised. As a direct result of their chicanery they were expelled from one nation after another.
I think you get the idea. I wonder if Tsoukalos really wants to go down that path. He does like to go on about the special relationship between the Jews and extraterrestrials, but he doesn’t usually present this as evil.
Let’s move on from outright anti-Semitic fringe writing to more subtle forms of anti-Semitic craziness.
A German blogger named Michael Schmalenstroer posted praise for my review of Tsoukalos’s seemingly pro-Nazi outing celebrating the wonders of Nazi science and serious scholarship of Jan Van Helsing. “Jason Colavito treats these broadcasts with incredible energy, takes a close look behind the scenes of these shows, and diligently disassembles the theories presented therein.” I am translating as best I can from the German; I hope I have captured the sense of his German well enough here and below.
However, I’m not linking to his post to praise myself but rather to point to information Schmalenstroer presented on a figure who appeared on History’s UFO Hunters to discuss the Nazi Bell time machine, the subject of Tsoukalos’s show last week. Schmalenstroer misidentifies the show on which the conspiracy theorist appeared as Ancient Aliens, but it’s easy enough to confuse all of History/H2’s various conspiracy programs.
Dr. Axel Stoll was a geologist (according to German Wikipedia) or a geophysicist (according to UFO Hunters) in the former communist East Germany, and his doctorate was classified because it contained geological information the communist government considered sensitive. Stoll died last week, and now that it is no longer libelous to say so, observers such as Schmalenstroer are convinced that in his final years Stoll was mentally ill. He became famous in Germany after 2004 when his rambling, incoherent lectures on fringe history, Nazi science, and UFOs went viral on YouTube. Some of these lectures came from the Neuschwabenland Conference, a meeting of right-wing Germans that Stoll helped to organize. The video clip above depicts Stoll as rambling, somewhat incoherent, and ready to tell people what they wanted to hear, no matter how ridiculous.
Stoll, who often cited Helena Blavatsky and Erich von Däniken as sources for his claims, became a laughingstock for his ridiculous statements, some of which were collected on a website devoted to his crazy claims. I translate here a few of them as best I am able:
Sadly, these “crazy” claims are also fringe culture’s hot topics, and also episodes of Ancient Aliens, except perhaps for the magnetic hair.
According to Schmalenstroer:
No one really took Stoll seriously—he was so popular because all of his stuff was so completely crazy. It was clearly right-wing esoteric stuff and pseudoscience, taken seriously by no one. The case of Stoll is obviously one of mentally illness, for which the world made fun of him. The truly amazing thing is that Stoll managed to appear as an expert in a broadcast on the History Channel! […] If an American history station interviews a German madman as an absolute expert, then you should definitely take a closer look. It appears that the greater part of History’s programs have taken refuge in Dadaism and fill their quota with bullshit.
It’s always good to get an international perspective on these things!
Stoll held so many conspiracy beliefs that I can’t outline them all. He denied the moon landing (because Nazis already live there!) and thought chemtrails were poisonous. He believed in a hollow earth and the Shaver Mystery, ancient astronauts and the concept of earth as a prison planet. He thought the pyramids were used to communicate with space aliens, and that the Aryan race was descended from aliens from Aldebaran and therefore had a special connection to space that manifested in Nazi flying saucers—one of which took Nikola Tesla on a trip to Pluto! (I’m not sure that the similarity to the plot of H. P. Lovecraft’s Whisperer in Darkness is entirely coincidental.)
The German version of Wikipedia asserts that Stoll also held anti-Semitic views, like his claims about so-called Jewish science quoted above. He was also an apologist for the Second and Third Reichs: “In my first book, High Technology in the Third Reich, I […] eviscerated the Allies’ lies against the German Empire.” Oh, and by the way: He’s also a Templar conspiracy believer! “I enjoy the Templars’ protection and the protection of the National Security Agency!”
That puts him in perfect company with Giorgio Tsoukalos’s endorsement of Jan van Helsing and Scott F. Wolter’s endorsement of racist ex-Nazi historian Jacques de Mahieu, not to mention frequent History and H2 guest Jim Marrs, who spouts anti-Semitic claims about the Jewish stranglehold over world finance all on his own. History/H2 seems to really like anti-Semitic and racist writers, particularly if they have a streak of crazy. The danger is not that these figures will actually say something anti-Semitic on TV, but rather that legitimizing them as authorities by using them as experts on TV will lead viewers who are primed by History/H2 to accept their claims as true to their anti-Semitic work, and thus to accepting anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi conspiracies.
And remember: Jan Van Helsing says that it isn’t racist or anti-Semitic as long as you are only “attacking the basic Talmudic philosophy which motivates many Jews, like the Rothschilds.” I guess that’s why Jim Marrs gets to stay on TV and publish with a major New York publishing house (HarperCollins).
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