Joseph P. Farrell’s Reich of the Black Sun: Nazi Secret Weapons & the Cold War Allied Legend (Adventures Unlimited Press 2004) is easily the wildest, the weirdest and the most entertaining book I have read for quite some time. It is a bit like Pauwels’ and Bergier’s Morning of the Magicians (1960) combined with Trevor Ravenscroft’s The Spear of Destiny (1973) on steroids. The author puts forth some truly amazing ideas, possibilities, claims and hypothetical conspiracy theories regarding Nazi Germany, it’s history, politics, culture and especially it’s science in the book.
The above mentioned Pauwels’, Bergiers and Ravenscroft’s books are of course among the most influencial tomes that initially put forth now relatively well known myths about “evil occult current of Nazi Germany” and about Nazi UFO’s. These myths have later been proven to be rather simplistic, imaginary and in many ways just plain nonsense as for example Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke’s The Occult Roots of Nazism (1992), Joscelyn Godwin’s Arktos, the Polar Myth (1993), Flowers’ and Moynihan’s The Secret King (2001) or Heather Pringle’s The Master Plan (2006), among other scholarly works related to these subjects, have proven. Readers of this review might want to check also Gary Lachman’s Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius (2002) for a more popular but still balanced view on the before mentioned Nazi occultism classics. Finnish readers could also check Tapio Brusiin’s Kansallissosialistit ja Esoteria from the Hermeetikko journal vol. 1 (2012). If you want to pick just one book that puts Nazi occultism and UFO’s well in their proper context, I suggest you pick the above mentioned Flower’s and Moynihan’s The Secret King. It has excellent chapters on the myth and reality of Nazi occultism.
Although simplistic and imaginary view that Nazi Germany was throughoutly and systematically run by some evil occult agenda is simply nonsense, the fact remains, that some persons of power in the Third Reich (such as Himmler, Wiligut, Hess, Wirth and Rahn) did believe in some more or less esoteric or occult views and had some related practises and visions. It is also true that some rather interesting cutting edge technology was developed by the Nazis – and that they did some really weird shit in general in many ways.
By saying that Farrell’s book is like Morning of the Magicians and The Spear of Destiny combined and on steroids, I mean that it takes the wildness of some themes of those books to a completely new level – at the same time giving more references that makes the claims and suggested possibilities to look more believeable than in the two first mentioned works. If Farrell’s claims and suggestions are even partially right, then Nazis did some mindblowingly weird shit technologically.
The book and its author
Farrell’s own website and Wikipedia provides some information on the man, his background and works. He is ”is Adjunct Professor of Patristic Theology and Apologetics at California Graduate School of Theology, an unaccredited Christian institution of higher learning in La Habra, CA.” Wikipedia gives some somewhat unflattering description of him: ”[He] is a theologian, scholar on the East–West Schism and the author of a number of books on alternative history, pseudohistory, historical revisionism, pseudoarchaeology, and pseudoscience / physics.”
Reich of the Black Sun is Farrell’s first book about ”secret Nazi technology and its applications and impact today”. He has been rather productive on this front as he has written seven other books on the same topic after Reich of the Black Sun.
The back of the book tells us the following:
Why were the Allies worried about an atom bomb attack by the Germans in 1944? Why did the Soviets threaten to use poison gas against the Germans? Why did Hitler in 1945 insist that holding Prague could win the war for the Third Reich? Why did US General George Patton’s Third Army race to control the Skoda Works at Pilsen in Czechoslovakia instead of heading for Berlin? Why did the US army not test the uranium atom bomb it dropped on Hiroshima? Why did the Luftwaffe fly a non-stop round trip mission to within twenty miles of New York City in 1944?
Reich of the Black Sun takes the reader on a scientific-historical journey tracking down the answers to these questions. Arguing that Nazi Germany actually won the race for the atom bomb in the late 1944, author Farrell goes on to explore the even more secretive research the Nazis were conducting into the occult, alternative physics and new energy sources. This fascinating exposé concludes with a fresh look at the ”Nazi Legend” of the UFO mystery, examining the Roswell Majestic-12 documents and the Kecksburg crash, and noting parallels with some of the super-secret black projects being run by the SS. Reich of the Black Sun is a must-read for the researcher interested in alternative history, science, or UFOs!
You can find an online version of the book from here.
Some thoughts on the book
There’s quite a bit that could be critically said of the book, for examle of it’s references, some of the used reference works, the author’s speculativeness, all the way to a huge number of typos. The concept of the “black sun”, that has been put into the book’s name itself, could have been explored and defined much more deeply. The photo of the “the symbol of the Black Sun adopted by the Thule Society”, that Farrell presents in the text and also puts on the cover of his book, is without any reference. For some context of that alternative and evidently fairly young version of the black sun, see Wikipedia. A credit for source material is lacking also for example on page 176, where Farrell presents “the ‘Celestial Swastika’: the rotation of Ursa Minor, or the Little Dipper, around the Pole Star ca. 4000 BC.” That picture and caption is directly from Godwin’s Arktos, the Polar Myth (page 147).
Regardless of my criticism for the book I need to say that I enjoyed reading it a lot. The book manages to give an interesting picture of its subject and by doing so it jams in a huge load of interesting anecdotes, references (such as Nick Cook‘s The Hunt for Zero Point and Carter P. Hydrick’s The Real Story of the Birth of the Atomic Bomb and the Nuclear Age) and alternative explanations of what happened during the WWII and after it. This is truly wild and thought provoking stuff, totally entertaining first grade Nazi mind fuck material. If you have wondered about stories and myths of Nazi Wunderwaffe and where to start to read about it, this is a good book to start with.
As it is said, history is written by victors. We never get a totally complete or objective history of anything that has happened. Without doubt there are many interesting smaller and bigger things that are not included in the official story of the WWII, Nazis and things involved. There is good evidence that some really weird shit took place many, many times during the Nazi and Allied history, but what exactly did or did not happen, is often an open question. Farrell speculates with these kinds of things and by doing so he invites the reader to consider the subjects with open but critical mind.
This makes one to question what one really knows about history and the world today and based on what one does create ones views. At one point while reading the book I thought if the tome is a similar absurd joke as my article Iron Siitoin, which is a very Finnish Nazi UFO-story build of fact and fiction (sorry, it’s only in Finnish). To my surprise there were people who thought I was serious with the story. Farrell’s book makes me wonder how seriously the author himself believes in his speculations and how much he just plays with interesting, wild and entertaining ideas that are good building blocks for books that people buy. Farrell himself notes in his foreword to the book that:
[…] This is not a work of history. But neither is it a work merely of fiction. It is best described as a case of possibilities, of speculative history. It is an attempt to make sense, by means of a radical hypothesis placed within a very broad context, of events during and after the war that make no sense.
There are some subjects in the book that Farrell clearly takes seriously, such as reality of big countries government’s – past and present – black budget projects. He, like one of his main sources, Nick Cook, also thinks that such projects are to a large extent behind UFO’s that have been reported seen since the WWII.
All in all, this is a wild and thought provoking book that should be read critically. If you are interested in alternative and speculative views on WWII, Nazi Wunderwaffe, history of an atom bomb, UFO’s and things related, this is a must read.
Some related links
Joseph P. Farrell’s personal website.
Reich of the Black Sun: Nazi Secret Weapons & the Cold War Allied Legend in full at bibliotecapleyades.net.
Joseph P. Farrell: Reich of the Black Sun & the Nazi Bell in Red Ice Radio 2010.
Project Camelot interviews Joseph Farrell.
Defence journalist Nick Cook’s Hunt for the Zero Point as pdf-file.
UFO’s The Secret Evidence. A documentary based on Nick Cook’s Hunt for the Zero Point.
Billion $ Secret. A documentary by Nick Cook.
Carter P. Hydrick’s The Real Story of the Birth of the Atomic Bomb and the Nuclear Age in full at bibliotecapleyades.net.
Nazi nuclear waste from Hitler’s secret A-bomb programme found in mine. Mail online, 13 July 2011.
Hitler ‘tested small atom bomb’. BBC News, 14 March 2005.
German nuclear energy project in Wikipedia.
Hans Kammler in Wikipedia.
Viktor Schauberger in Wikipedia.
Luftwaffe Over New York, a WW2 Secret. Veterans Today, March 11th, 2011.
History Channel: Hitlers Plan To Atom Bomb New York. Documentary.
Third Reich – Operation UFO (Nazi Base in Antarctica) Documentary.
Bill Lyne and his ”Nazi UFO compass”.
Operation Paperclip in Wikipedia.
”Die Glocke” or the ”Nazi Bell” in Wikipedia.
Project Camelot interviews Igor Witkowski : The Nazi Bell.
A critical look at the “The Henge, the test rig for the Nazi Bell” of Ludwicowize, Poland.
Kecksburg UFO incident in Wikipedia.
UFO Files – Kecksburg UFO Documentary.
UFO Crash at Kecksburg – The Untold Story Documentary.
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