The specially-designed badge or emblem of the Deutsche Antarktische Expedition 1938-1939. The Swastika and oak-leaves clearly reveal Thule Society paternity.
Though easily overlooked, the investigators of National Socialist history have been able to perceive the many references to this ice-ridden facet of the Third Reich among Hitler's myriad, far-ranging interests, even during his early years as an unknown, starving artist. By years of patient research, painstaking sifting of articles, books, pictures, manuscripts and eyewitness accounts, these investigators determined that Adolf Hitler, many years prior to his ascension to the Chancellorship of Greater Germany, had been keenly interested in the mysterious, last frontiers of this planet, the frozen immensities of the Arctic and Antarctica. Why Hitler was so interested in the Polar Regions is not immediately clear to the casual researcher, but it becomes so when one observes the recurrent convergence and congruence of two main themes:
(1) Decades before the advent of the present massive Soviet and Japanese exploitation of this precious resource, Hitler understood the importance of the whaling industry for the provision of protein and raw materials to the cramped population of Germany, always dependent upon its none-too-friendly neighbors for its food requirements above the subsistence level.
(2) The titanic drama of the polar wastes, where Nature's forces clash unabated—blizzards, hurricanes, jagged icebergs, volcanic fire and eternal ice, gigantic beasts; where brave and hardy men survived and more than this, overcame these obstacles in the quest for knowledge, risking their lives in frail boats or trekking determinedly across the glittering howling wilderness—this drama, with all its color, sound, fury and heroism appealed greatly to Hitler, the artist, the romantic disciple of Wagner and not least, to Hitler the anthropologist, who wished to rediscover the cultural heritage of his Nordic, Aryan ancestors. Was it possible, he wondered, that the frozen wastes demanded a race of heroes and so produced one, or was a race of heroes already in existence which found the harsh demands of this environment in keeping with its own virtues?
To answer these questions of existence, to rediscover his racial, hence, cosmic roots, the young, maturing Hitler studied the remnants of his ancient Aryan forefathers, the robust wisdom which may be found, for example, in the Nordic Sagas, untarnished by the fetid breath of Judeo-Christianity. Along this path of forgotten knowledge, Hitler encountered a radically different theory concerning the creation of the world: Paul Hoerbiger's "Welteislehre" theory, widely discussed in German intellectual circles.
In this quest for truth rooted in Nature and not in superstition, the young Hitler came into contact with members of the secret Thule Society which was very active in the Munich area. Interestingly enough, the logo or emblem of this society includes a. Swastika, a downward-pointing sword and a wreath of oak leaves, all frequently used symbols of the later National Socialist organizations.
The wisdom of the magnificent Aryan past was not all the Society had on hand, however. Many of its members joined with Hitler in his eleventh hour struggle to save EUROPE from a new Dark Age. Men such as Dietrich Eckhardt, Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, Karl Haushofer (father of geopolitics) and other notables came to Hitler via this organization.
Whether Hitler was ever a member of The Society is not proven, but it is certain that he was a frequent guest and participant at The Society's gatherings after the end of World War I. It is significant that his association with this group preceded by some two years his overt involvement in politics.
The mere fact that the organization is called The Thule Society indicates its strong links with the Nordic Sagas and the Aryan World Philosophy. To illustrate the antiquity of the Nordic Culture, one need only mention that "Greenland" figures frequently in the ancient Sagas. Everyone knows that Greenland is nothing but a frozen wasteland covered almost entirely by eternal ice. However, geological core samples show that Greenland really was green and had a subtropical climate with an abundant variety of animal and plant life including mammoths and dinosaurs—before the last Ice Age, that is, 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Truly, the Nordic Racial Memory is a long one.
With such a basis of racial knowledge, as old as time and as young as spring, it is no wonder that Aryan youth like Hitler enquired and speculated upon such "legends" as the Lost Continent of Atlantis, even at the turn of the century. There was ample evidence to tantalize one's curiosity and stimulate one's imagination, although there was not the reinforcement for fantasy which is now available in films, radio and television.
Certainly, it would be a mistake to label Hitler's fantasies and conjectures about the Polar Regions as "idle", for time and time again history has shown that man's mightiest achievements are often the results of his imagination. The first Spanish explorers set out on their costly, often fatal voyages and treks, guided by nothing more than legends such as "The Fountain of Youth", "The Seven Cities of Cibola", "El Dorado" and the fantastic vision of a land called "California". On such imaginings was based the powerful and wealthy Spanish Empire and out of these "fantasies" came equally fantastic discoveries of new lands, new wealth and even new foodstuffs like potatoes and tomatoes. If Europeans had not been gifted with such imagination, they might still be living on a flat earth, clad in itchy woolen undergarments, with no remedies for their common ailments, like malaria, and very little variety in their diet, not to mention their thinking.