- Jan 2015
- Ontario, Canada
Hitler was also a believer in Providence--in part as a result of him surviving various assassination attempts.
I'll go into Paganism some more. There were some people who were practicing Pagans. For example Ludendorff was openly Pagan. However Paganism was regarded as being extreme and anti-Christian. Many Pagans and Pagan Nationalists were at constant odds with Christians, they also wrote their own revisionist histories in which Charlemagne was denounced for persecuting Pagans for instance. This contradicted the official narrative but also cultural views that Germans had. Charlemagne, Christian conversion and the Empire were considered the beginnings of German civilization, not the pre-Christian tribes.
As such these Pagans were seen as being fundamentally against German values and against German society. The NSDAP did not make Pagans disappear in the middle of the night. But the only Pagan "church" was shut down and Pagans were not allowed to practice publicly. They also didn't want Occultism to start leaking out into the mainstream, which motivated their disbanding of the Thule society.