Hitler as general and spiritist
by Abram Poljak, Jerusalem, June 1949
The shortest of my previous publications, "Hitler as general and spiritist", has been the most widely-read. I wrote it in 1949 in Jerusalem.
It was first published in Germany in 1950 and soon several new editions were necessary. In the fifth edition of 1952 the following foreword appeared:
"This presentation is intended not only as a review but also as a view of the future - in view of a new Hitler and new wars. We believe that since 1914 we have been living in the end times and that the world will now proceed from war to war until Armageddon. The world is under judgment - until the return of Christ and the realization of his kingdom, his messianic 1,000-year kingdom. We believe that Christ's return is near and we interpret Hitler, the persecution of the Jews, the founding of the state of Israel, and other things as signs of the time."
Moettlingen, January 1962
Regarding Poljak's terminology:
This pamphlet was the first part of the booklet which appeared in 1952 under the title "The Demolished Swastika". It summarizes Poljak's prophetic viewpoint: Hitler is not "the end of a satanic development on earth, but only a link or transition to an even greater evil, namely the appearance of the 'beast'". This is a warning to all confessing Christians to "arm themselves for the battle against the anti-Christ, of whom Hitler was a predecessor".
Hitler as General and Spiritist Jerusalem, June 1949
"Hitler as General" is the title of a book published recently in the American zone of Germany. It was written by field marshal Franz Halder, previous chief of the German general staff. I have not seen this book but quote from a press report:
"Halder's thesis is that Hitler was a military dilettante whose interference with battle and campaign strategy led to the defeat in war.
"His greatest mistake was to start the war in the first place. Hitler pursued his politics of bluff, ignoring the warnings of German generals that every conflict would invariably lead to a world war for which Germany's armed forces were not yet prepared.
"Hitler sacrificed people unnecessarily. He never visited the front and had no inner relationship with the soldiers. When his generals attempted to spare their troops, he called them cowards. Hitler refused to turn over responsibilities to army commanders. He did not understand the limits of what was possible, but made strategic decisions on the basis of wishful thinking.
"At the end of 1943 when it was already clear that the war was lost, Hitler should have spoken the decisive word - capitulation - which Ludendorff did not hesitate to say in 1918. Hitler did not possess even this greatness of a genuine general. Above all Hitler lacked the characteristic which all great generals had: humility before God."
Halder's book seems to explain many things, but not everything. Hitler can be understood even as a general only when one sees the spirit powers which formed and guided him. Halder's evaluation of Hitler was guided by his view of two great generals: Napoleon and Moltke.
Regarding this comparison it must be noted that with all their abilities, Napoleon and Moltke were normal persons, i.e. they knew the laws of nature and logic and they used their minds. Moltke is called "the great silent one". He was and wished to be nothing but a soldierly thinker, not given to words and gestures, but reliable and transparent for all his associates.
The Corsican Napoleon, on the other hand - fiery and out-going, a fascinating speaker, brilliant regisseur, statesman and general of great format - also loved theatrics and bluff.
The essential difference between Hitler and Napoleon, Moltke and other great statesmen and generals is that Hitler was not normal. What appears to be his bluffing was actually not intended as such, but sprang from his conviction, his vision, his emotions. He could not count on circumstances because he lived in a permanent revolution of the spirit, in a flooding world, in the here-and-now and in the hereafter simultaneously. He worked with the "sixth sense". So how could he consult with persons who had only five senses and knew only the here-and-now? How could he even respect these poor "normal ones", even if they stood before him in the uniforms of generals?
When the former non-commissioned officer Noske became Germany's minister of defense in 1918, he trembled before his generals until they threw him out (Kapp-Putsch). When the former private Hitler took the army in his hands, he threw the generals out. What was taking place in Hitler's soul? Was he really just a petty bourgeois person who had run wild, as some of his opponents portray him? Then where did he get his feeling of superiority even in the presence of princes and kings?
Where did he get his awareness of power, even when he did not yet have it politically? Where did his audacity and certainty of victory come from? Where did he find the courage to continually take chances and to put all his eggs in one basket?
Hitler's contempt of his generals and his refusal to give them competence is explained by Halder with Hitler's inferiority complexes, with his selfishness, jealousy and fear for his own position.
But the reasons are deeper. Whatever one may say against Hitler - and truly, what could not be said? - one must admit that he did not spare himself before or after he was in power. In his meetings he screamed and raged for hours until he collapsed. He gave himself no rest when it was a matter of leading his party and Germany to victory. He himself possessed the fanatical faith he demanded of his followers.
He sacrificed himself, just as he demanded of the Germans. When all was lost he did not flee (as Ludendorff in 1918), even though he also had the opportunity; nor did he let himself be taken captive (as Napoleon did twice), but committed suicide. I do not share the opinion that he fled and is now living in South America. I am much more convinced that when the Russians stood outside the Reich chancellory, he shot himself and Eva Braun; I am convinced that the corpses were burned according to his orders and the ashes either buried or scattered to the winds.
Until the end, Hitler remained true to himself and to the spirit which he considered god. The cause of his personal disaster and the disaster he brought on the world is that he served a false god. From an intellectual and a religious standpoint he was on a false path.
What is spiritism? Spiritism shares with other occult movements (theosophy, anthroposophy, etc.) the view that after death a person will live on as spirit, along with all his abilities and emotions. Occultists of all shades thus attempt to make contact with the spirit world - some by "calling down" the spirits to themselves, others by "developing upwardly" to the spirits.
Some persons' nerve system can be taken over by a foreign spirit who uses this person as a mouthpiece, or "telephone". Such persons are called "mediums".
Spiritism has always been widespread in Germany and is experiencing a renaissance today. It has devotees in all levels of society. In this paper we must go back to the time around 1914.
At that time, in Berlin and other large German cities, there were spiritist lodges with members from the highest social classes: from the emperor's house, high officers, intellectuals, artists, scientists etc. One of the most influential of these persons became publicly known through various circumstances: Count Moltke, the nephew of the great general of 1870. During the trial of Anna Rothe, a well-known medium, much was heard about a spiritist circle. Later he was named in connection with the anthroposophy leader Dr. Rudolf Steiner. It was claimed that Moltke, as chief of the German general staff, had discussed strategic plans with Steiner and that this connection led to the unhappy outcome of the Marne battle (September 1914).
After the war (1918) a great spiritist wave washed over Germany. Countless persons who had lost members of their families in the war now sought contact with them through spiritism.
The strangest phenomenon of that time and that spirit wave was the appearance of political clairvoyants and mediums. In northern Germany, especially, people studied the collapse of Germany, the peace talks and the Versaille Treaty by means of occultism. A number of publications claimed that German mythology (Walhalla, Wotan, Siegfried etc.) contained all the spirit truths and that the Germans were a chosen people. But now they were to be destroyed by the powers of darkness, who used especially the Jews for this purpose. Using the theory of reincarnation, it was further explained that in the victorious countries all the enemies of the German spirit were now re-born (Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Wilson etc.) in order to harm Germany.
These political prophets created their own seats of learning, their organizations and associations -which however did not endure. Only one person was able to break through, seize broad circles of the German people and determine German destiny: Arthur Dinter, Ph.D. and Commander of the Reich, former director of the German playwright's association.
During the seances of the mediums Countess v.P. and Mrs. Asta v.D. a spirit appeared who called himself "Blessing-bringer". He said he came from the highest realms in order to bring a blessing - for all the participants in the circle and beyond them to the whole German people. He continually repeated that the hour of the German people's salvation was near and that the up-lifting would go forth from this spiritist circle. The participants at the meetings, who were aristocrats and university graduates, believed and waited for the things which had been announced.
One day Dr. Dinter attended the circle. His presence was the beginning of a new chapter not only in the history of this circle, not only in the history of the German spiritists (Dinter soon became president of the German spiritists' association), but in German history as a whole.
The spirit "Blessing-bringer" proclaimed Dinter the leader of the national movement and commanded him to write books which would create the intellectual basis of the new Germany. "Blessing-bringer" promised Dinter the most powerful support but demanded that he begin working at once and publish the books in the shortest possible time. Dinter wrote according to "Blessing-bringer's" dictation, with Countess P. acting as medium.
The goal was attained. Dinter's books - the anti-Semitic novels "The Sin against the Blood" and "The Sin against the Spirit" - were published at the hour set by the spirit. Dinter's name was in everyone's mouth, the number of books in print reached one quarter of a million, the anti-Semitic movement spread, and Dinter entered the Thuringer government in Weimar as the first Nazi member.
The gates were broken open, "Blessing-bringer" had won his first battle.
Hitler as medium
Those who heard Hitler speak, and more important, those who saw him speak know that in the first minutes he often hesitated and searched for words. His face seemed tired and his eyes flickered. That was Hitler.
But suddenly he stretched, his eyes became clear and shining, his face bold, thoughts and words poured out and a magic power streamed from him, grasping even those who were not his adherents. This was no longer Hitler, but "Blessing-bringer", for Hitler was a medium. That was the secret of the leader who was being led.
Hitler was a born occultist. Even as a child he had spirit experiences. Over the years his calling and his awareness of being chosen became increasingly clear. He buried himself in the books of German mystics, sought contact with clairvoyants, astrologists, etc., and could never hear enough of Richard Wagner's music, which portrayed the world of German spirits and gods.
Hitler came in contact with Jews, whom he began to fear. From this fear, hatred was born and this hatred became the driving force in his soul. Hitler had found his spirit level - and left the Christian one...
The 1914 war began. In a period of intoxication Hitler volunteered. In his soul he heard, "Nothing will happen to you!" His comrades fell, he remained. On the field he received the last inner "ordination", the clear awareness that he was called to lead the German people.
The war ended. Hitler returned to his home and sought the path to the throne which had been promised him. In Munich he found a handful of people with anti-Semitic, national socialistic ideas and he stood up to speak at one of their meetings.
Hitler received the leadership. The triumphant advance of the Nazi German Labor Party (NSDAP) began.
Dinter's name appears. Hitler reads "The Sin against the Blood" and rejoices. This was what he had been looking for: the anti-Semitic movement, ignited by spirits! Hatred of Jews and the Hereafter! Mysticism and politics! Hitler had found and recognized his spirit guide. "Blessing-bringer" consecrated him as messiah of the German people!
Although Hitler himself was a medium, he used other mediums, clairvoyants and astrologists. Among these was the Jew Erik Jan Hanussen (actually Herschmann Steinschneider), who was murdered shortly after Hitler came to power.
Hanussen not only gave performances in the Berlin "Scala" which convinced thousands of his abilities as clairvoyant and mind-reader, but he also helped Hitler decisively by revealing the thoughts and plans of the enemies. Thus Hitler knew what was being said and planned against him in the Reich chancellory under Bruening, Papen and Schleicher. People in the chancellory were often very upset when the content of secret documents or discussions reached Hitler. They searched for betrayers, for secret Nazis in the offices.
There is no doubt that such persons were everywhere. However, Hitler needed no spies as long as he had the clairvoyant at his disposal.
Hanussen knew much, very much, but not everything. He predicted his "ascendancy" under Hitler (this Jew was an "honorary Arier") but not his end. He was very surprised when one night SS officers came to get him and shot him in Gruenewald. In a public appearance during a trance, i.e. unconsciously, he had described the Reichstag fire and hinted that the Nazis had caused it. Then Hitler commanded that he be murdered.
The path to power
After the unfortunate end of the Munich uprising in 1923, the spirits said through Hitler and other mediums that no further uprisings should be attempted. Hitler would come to power on a legal path. Hitler gave the party corresponding orders, proclaimed his decision to reach his goals legally, and swore to this during a process at the Reich court.
Who believed him then? There was much laughter, scorn and mockery. Would people have been more willing to believe him if he had told them then that he was acting at the command of spirits? Wouldn't the laughter have been even greater? For it was his opponents' misfortune that they didn't believe in spirit powers, in heaven and hell, and did not reckon with them.
"The spirit world is not locked - your mind is closed, your heart is dead," said Goethe in "Faust".
The spirits had told Hitler in advance that he would come to power early in 1933. But the closer this time came, the more critical and hopeless was the situation in the NSDAP (National Socialist German Labor Party). Chancellor von Papen knew how to treat Hitler and undermine him. It seemed it would be only a short time before the NSDAP was destroyed. The most talented head in the party, Gregor Strasser, turned away. The financial sources began to dry up. The party assets, the brown houses, were to be pawned away. Hitler began to despair. Had he been deceived by the spirits? He had a nervous breakdown and contemplated suicide. Then he heard his inner voice again, "The victory is yours!"
Elections would soon be held in Lippe. Hitler concentrated all his energies on this smallest German state and won. In the meantime the "eastern aid" scandal was uncovered under the orders of chancellor General von Schleicher. Colonel von Hindenburg, son of the Reich president, and Dr. Hugenberg, leader of the German nationalists, decided to bring down Schleicher and commissioned Mr. v. Papen to negotiate with Hitler. Following the Nazi election victory in Lippe, Hindenburg called Hitler and appointed him Reich chancellor. This was January 30, 1933.
Hitler had come to power legally, as had been predicted, without lifting a sword.
Thus Hitler came to power under the guidance of spirits; thus he also ruled according to instructions from the other world - without making a secret of this connection. He often spoke of his "intuitions" and the "assurance of a sleep-walker" which he possessed. Before major decisions he locked himself in a room or paced up and down for hours, discussing matters with his spirits - often so loudly that he was heard at great distance. "The leader is talking to himself!" said those who didn't know better.
In this way Hitler made his most important political and military decisions. Then he presented them to his staff. And every diplomat or general who did not acquiese was immediately fired, respectively sent to his death.
And it always turned out that he had been right. The occupation of the Rhine valley, Memels, Austria and Czechoslovakia succeeded without lifting a sword. This was followed by the military conquest of Poland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and France.
Hitler knew the day on which he would enter Paris. He also named the day of his entry into London. He would actually have been in the English capital on that day if he had not listened to his generals instead of his spirits for the first time in Dunkirk.
In May 1940 the French and Belgian army was destroyed; from the English army only 335,000 men were able to save themselves. Totally exhausted and without arms, this army was brought from Dunkirk to England at the end of May. If the Germans had purused them immediately, England would have been in their hands within days. Hitler wanted to command this but the generals pointed out their troops' exhaustion and demanded a break. Goering recommended destroying the English air force before beginning the invasion.
Hitler listened to these objections and gave in. He postponed the invasion of England, thus losing the war already, just as the Germans had lost the war in 1914 at the Marne River, only forty days after it had begun. "The battle of Britain", the air battles over London and other English districts, was won by the English.
On July 19, 1940, Hitler offered England peace - "as victor who speaks in the name of reason...If this battle continues it can end only with the total destruction of one opponent or the other...Churchill may believe that it will be Germany. I know it will be England."
I know...No matter how much Hitler had always known, after Dunkirk the sources of his knowledge, his demonic prophecy were muddied resp. clogged. After Dunkirk Hitler could only make mistakes, the greatest of which was invading Russia. The victories up to Stalingrad and El Alamein ( Africa) were only military ones, accomplished through the intelligence of German officers and the bravery of German soldiers.
In the Revelation of John 12:7 + 9 we read, "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels...The great dragon...called Satan, was hurled down to the earth, and his angels with him."
In this way the power of Hitler, i.e. his demons, was broken. "This far and no further!"
Halder says, "Above all Hitler lacked the characteristic which all great generals had: humility before God!"
It honors the field marshall that he takes these ideas into consideration and expresses them in his book. But can we make Hitler this reproach? Did he know what he did and by whom he was led?
We must answer this decisive question in the negative. After the young Hitler turned from the true God, the God of the Bible, and due to his hatred of the Jews fell into Satan's snares, he was - like all satanic mediums - convinced that he was serving God. The demons whose voices he heard persuaded him that they were angels of God. Likewise the evil spirit and curse bringer who inspired Dr. Dinter called himself "Blessing-bringer" and even explained that he was the "spirit of truth" promised by Jesus (cp. John 14:17).
In my book "The Demolished Swastika" I wrote, "Hitler knew he was borne by other-worldly powers. He had visions and heard the voices of a spirit. He held this spirit for God and this is who he meant when he spoke of the almighty or of providence. And from him he expected the help, the salvation, the miracle, the victory - even 'five minutes after twelve.'"
The greatest and most terrible disappointment in Hitler's life was that at five minutes after twelve he had to realize that the spirit world had deceived and deserted him ...