himmlers crusade
August 6, 2003 5:53 PM   Subscribe

Himmler's Crusade: The true story of the 1938 Nazi Expedition to Tibet.
posted by stbalbach (9 comments total)
The second link is fascinating, but I wish you had found some more resources that weren't (basically) ads for books we can't read online. A quick google search suggests that there really isn't much, though...
posted by Marquis at 6:40 PM on August 6, 2003

It is an interesting story and there doesnt seem to be much online about it and this book seems to be the first on the subject. Even the second link is cached because the original is no longer online.
posted by stbalbach at 7:02 PM on August 6, 2003

I liked the link. Thanks, stbalbach.
posted by troutfishing at 9:29 PM on August 6, 2003

Not strictly relevant, but here are some photographs by Heinrich Harrer.
posted by plep at 11:07 PM on August 6, 2003

Fascinating. Really. I'm a history buff, but I'd never heard of this. Thanks for the links.
posted by MrAnonymous at 11:33 PM on August 6, 2003

The original second link in Greek with pictures. Reprinted from the magazine Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
posted by stbalbach at 5:49 AM on August 7, 2003

I can always count on MeFi for a daily history lesson, thanks Stbalbach.
posted by vito90 at 6:30 AM on August 7, 2003

They were talking about this on Coast to Coast AM last night. Freaky.
posted by MrAnonymous at 12:17 PM on August 7, 2003

Late as usual ... but anyway. There's a persistent nexus of beliefs linking the Nazis, aspects of theosophy, and beliefs in hidden kingdoms/races of mysterious powerful people living in tunnels in the Himalayas. There's a chapter in Jocelyn Godwin's 'Arktos: The Polar myth in science, symbolism, and Nazi survival' that goes into this.

I once saw someone give a presentation who said that the Nazis led biological expeditions to the western Himalaya and Karakorum, to look for indigenous medicinal plants that could be used to seed the North European plain after the establishment of the third Reich. Apparently the growing conditions are similar; and also the Nazis were very interested in homeopathy. But that's another kettle of fish. Heinrich Harrer, who was a card-carrying member of the Nazi party, and a mountaineer, went on at least on of these expeditions.
posted by carter at 7:37 AM on August 8, 2003

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