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A few readers have commented upon my recent article about Yom Kippur and tying that to the Holocaust.  One rather sad,  perhaps better to say ill-informed comment summed up the quandary which those of us who were not adults during the 1939-1945 War (Second World War) have about what actually occurred.(That comment is even more redolent of educational doom when I consider what is assuredly not being taught, or at least in many of the state-supported schools with which I have some familiarity in both England and the USA.(The situation seems otherwise in both the English public schools [read: ‘private’ in US terms] or the private sector in the USA.(I’d be very keen to hear the comments of readers from other Nations.)The facts are the facts.Nothing indeed can be more revealing than the remarks Heinrich Himmler made at Poznan (Posen) on 4 October 1943, of which follows but one vile extract:[Poznan map 1945]“I also want to mention a very difficult subject before you here, completely openly.“It should be discussed amongst us, and yet, nevertheless, we will never speak about it in public.“Just as we did not hesitate on June 30 to carry out our duty, as ordered, and stand comrades who had failed against the wall and shoot them.  I am talking about the “Jewish evacuation”: the extermination of the Jewish people.

“It is one of those things that is easily said. “The Jewish people is being exterminated,” every Party member will tell you, “perfectly clear, it’s part of our plans, we’re eliminating the Jews, exterminating them, ha!, a small matter.”

“And then along they all come, all the 80 million upright Germans, and each one has his decent Jew. They say: all the others are swine, but here is a first-class Jew.

“And none of them has seen it, has endured it. Most of you will know what it means when 100 bodies lie together, when there are 500, or when there are 1000. And to have seen this through, and — with the exception of human weaknesses — to have remained decent, has made us hard and is a page of glory never mentioned and never to be mentioned.”

Note the line “to have remained decent”.

I recall that when first I read and then heard this speech years ago, that phrase struck me like almost no other, or apart from the sheer barbarous brutality, of course.

From where can such brutality come?  Outer space?

We may be closer on that score than what I’d ever thought.

Nazi Tibet statue from space rock

[This 1000-year old Buddhist statue ‘Iron Man’, taken by a Nazi team from Tibet in 1938 was carved from a meteorite, scientists have discovered. Source: AFP]

A THOUSAND-year-old Buddhist statue taken from Tibet in 1938 by an Nazi SS team was carved from a meteorite.

In a paper published in an academic journal, German and Austrian researchers recount an extraordinary tale where archaeology, the Third Reich and cosmic treasure are intertwined like an Indiana Jones movie.

Called the “Iron Man” because of the high content of iron in its rock, the 24-centimetre -high statue was brought to Germany by an expedition led by Ernst Schäfer (or as anglicized, Schaefer), a zoologist and ethnologist.

[Ernst Schaefer]

Backed by SS chief Heinrich Himmler and heading a team whose members are all believed to have been SS, Schaefer roamed Tibet in 1938-9 to search for the origins of Aryanism, the notion of racial superiority that underpinned Nazism.

Weighing 10.6 kilos (23.3 lbs) , the statue features the Buddhist god Vaisravana seated, with the palm of his right hand outstretched and pointing downwards.

Chemical analysis shows that the rock from which it was carved came from a meteorite.

The rock survived a long trip through the Solar System and the destructive friction with the atmosphere when it collided with Earth.

It is a particularly rare kind of meteorite called an ataxite, which has iron and high contents of nickel, according to the study, published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

“The statue was chiseled from an iron meteorite, from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite which crashed into the border areas between Mongolia and Siberia about 15,000 years ago,” said investigator Elmar Buchner of Stuttgart University.

“While the first debris was officially discovered in 1913 by gold prospectors, we believe that this individual meteorite fragment was collected many centuries before.”

The exact dating of the carving cannot be established accurately, but its style links it to the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th century.

Vaisravana was the Buddhist god-king of the North, also known as Jambhala in Tibet.

How Schaefer came across the statue is unclear, but the big appeal is likely to have been a large swastika, symbolising good fortune in Buddhism, carved on its chest.

Once the statue arrived in Munich, it became part of a private collection and only became available for study by Mr Buchner following an auction in 2009.

Other meteorites have become incorporated into religious worship. The holy Black Stone in the Kaaba in Mecca is believed to be a stony meteorite.

[The Kaaba, time-lapsed with pilgrims circling the building]

“The Iron Man statue is the only known illustration of a human figure to be carved into a meteorite, which means we have nothing to compare it to when assessing value,” said Mr Buchner.Its origins alone may value it at $US20,000 (£11,733, €14,782).

However, if our estimation of its age is correct and it is nearly a thousand years old it could be invaluable.”

In the summer of 1945, Schäfer was captured in Munich by the Allies as the advanced into Bavaria.

Due to his position as an officer in the the SS, Schäfer was immediately taken as a prisoner of war and interned at Camp Moosburg where he received ‘de-nazification’ treatment until he received a certificate of exoneration after three years.

During his interrogations by US military intelligence agents, Schäfer stated that he had used the SS only as a means to obtain funding and support for his scientific research.  He described Himmler’s occult beliefs as absurd and laughable, he explained that “it would have been impossible,… for a hard-headed scientist such as himself to have admired a man like that.”

Certainly this may have been a testimony used by many Germans affiliated with the SS or Himmler who wished to cover-up their past criminal activities or their past Nazi connections, especially to Heinrich Himmler himself, but Schäfer’s final interrogation report remarks that his statements were reliable and also confirmed by Schäfer’s former secretaries who were also interrogated.

Schäfer’s past actions seem to also suggest that his statements during the interrogation were reliable. During the early stages of planning for the expedition Himmler had repeatedly pressured Schäfer into recruiting his team from the Ahnenerbe staff.

Himmler had recommended Edmund Kiss, an occultist and archaeologist whom Himmler had tasked with the objective of finding proof of the ‘World Ice Theory’s’ validity, but Schäfer repeatedly refused Himmler’s attempts.

As Isrun Engelhardt explains, “Schäfer from childhood on hated to yield to authority and resisted being used in any way, be it political or ideological.”


As a mental purgative of evil, so to speak, consider one of Poland’s towering geniuses  Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin or better known as  Frédéric François Chopin and his short Nocturne in C sharp minor, here as used in the seven-Oscar Winning film, The Pianist (2002) by Roman Polansky.

[If this fails to play, my apologies.  Please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cectrAqFSZQ%5D

Despite all the terror-in-seriatim of Nazis and Soviet Russian Communists, Poznan today is back on her feet and a genuinely lovely town in which to linger.

[Poznan Old Market Square]

Do go.  The natives are friendly as can be.


Hat-tips to:

To those who are interested in the Nazi period and are interests to know more of Himmler and this speech, you may also watch a 5-minute movie, of sorts,  which has been made of his speech together with a full translation.

Himmler speech


Tibet Talk, “The Influence of the Occult on the 1939 German Expedition to Tibet”, http://tibettalk.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/the-influence-of-the-occult-on-the-1939-german-expedition-to-tibet/

The recording to have of anything by Chopin but especially the C sharp minor is by Byron Janis, here: US Amazon  Byron Janis C sharp minor

Mr. Janis’ own website is here: Byron Janis’ website

For information on Poznan tourism, please see their website here (in English, German and Polish): Poznan Tourism