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Western world. As was becoming increasingly typical of

vlkisch organisations, it required its candidates to prove
that they had no non-Aryan bloodlines and required from
each a promise to maintain purity of his stock in marriage.
In 1916, during World War I, the Germanenorden split
into two parts. Eberhard von Brockhusen became the
Grand Master of the loyalist Germanenorden. Pohl,
previously the orders Chancellor, founded a schismatic
oshoot: the Germanenorden Walvater of the Holy
Grail.[3][4] He was joined in the same year by Rudolf von
Sebottendor (formerly Rudolf Glauer), a wealthy adventurer with wide-ranging occult and mystical interests.
A Freemason and a practitioner of susm and astrology,
Sebottendor was also an admirer of Guido von List
and Lanz von Liebenfels. Convinced that the Islamic
and Germanic mystical systems shared a common Aryan
root, he was attracted by Pohls runic lore and became
the Master of the Walvaters Bavarian province late in
1917. Charged with reviving the provinces fortunes, Sebottendor increased membership from about a hundred
in 1917 to 1500 by the autumn of the following year.[5]
The Munich lodge of the Germanenorden Walvater when
it was formally dedicated on August 18, 1918 was given
the cover name, the Thule Society,[6] which is notable
chiey as the organization that sponsored the Deutsche
Arbeiterpartei (DAP), which was later transformed by
Adolf Hitler into the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party).

Rudolf von Sebottendor: bust by German sculptor Hanns Goebl

The Germanenorden (Germanic or Teutonic Order,

not to be confused with the medieval German order of
the Teutonic Knights) was a vlkisch secret society in
early 20th-century Germany. It was founded in Berlin
in 1912 by Theodor Fritsch and several prominent German occultists including Philipp Stau, who held oce
in the List Society and High Armanen Order as well as
Hermann Pohl, who became the Germanenordens rst
leader. The group was a clandestine movement aimed at
the upper echelons of society and was a sister movement
to the more open and mainstream Reichshammerbund.[1]

1 Notes
[1] Richard S. Levy, Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution, Volume 1, ABC-CLIO,
2005, p. 269
[2] Swastika, Intelinet
[3] Goodrick-Clarke 1985: 13132.
[4] Thomas 2005.

The order, whose symbol was a swastika, had a hierarchical fraternal structure based on Freemasonry. Local
groups of the sect met to celebrate the summer solstice,
an important neopagan festivity in vlkisch circles (and
later in Nazi Germany), and more regularly to read the
Eddas as well as some of the German mystics.[2]

[5] Goodrick-Clarke 1985: 14243.

[6] Goodrick-Clarke 1985: 144

In addition to occult and magical philosophies, it taught

to its initiates nationalist ideologies of Nordic racial superiority and antisemitism, then rising throughout the


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