Inventing ‘Paganists’: a Close Reading of Richard Steigmann-Gall's the Holy Reich

  title={Inventing ‘Paganists’: a Close Reading of Richard Steigmann-Gall's the Holy Reich},
  author={I. Hexham},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={59 - 78}
  • I. Hexham
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary History
This article questions Richard Steigmann-Gall's claim that leading National Socialists were essentially ‘Christian’ and that neo-pagan ideas played an insignificant role in the ideology of nazism. This is done by examining the argument of Dr Goebbels' novel Michael. Ein deutsches Schicksal in Tagebuchblättern (1929) to reveal its anti-Christian structure. Speeches and other statements by and about Goebbels are then looked at to show that his work is consistent with German neo-pagan thought. The… Expand


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