Germanenorden

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The Germanenorden or Germanic Order, was a secret society in Germany early in the 20th century. Formed by several prominent German occultists in 1912, the order, whose symbol was a swastika, had a hierarchical fraternal structure similar to freemasonry. It taught to its initiates nationalist ideologies of nordic race superiority, antisemitism as well as occult, almost magical philosophies.

An important historical fragment of this Germanic order was the Thule Gesellschaft or Thule Society, created in August of 1918 under the initiative of Rudolf Glauer, who later changed his name to Baron von Sebottendorff. This group lead to the Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei (DAP) and ultimately the NSDAP or Nazi party.

Some say that the Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei (later the Nazi Party or NSDAP) when under the leadership of Adolf Hitler was a political front, and indeed the organisation reflected many ideologies of the party, including the swastika symbol

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