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Brief an Wiligut, 27.9.1935

Otto Rahn
Tiergartenstrasse 8a
Berlin W35
am 27. September 1935

SS Oberführer
K.M. Weisthor<
Berlin - Grunewald

Streng vertraulich!

Lieber Herr Oberst,

Otto Rahn Memorial Website interview with Jeanne D'Août, the Author of White Lie

Hi, Jeanne! 
I congratulate you on the release of your book White Lie. This is a great event for all who are familiar with the work, searching and life of Otto Wilhelm Rahn. When did you first hear of him?

The first time I heard of Otto Rahn was probably during my research of the history of Montségur and the Cathars in connection with Grail lore. I never studied the man himself and only knew what most people know; that he researched Grail lore, visited Montségur and was working for Himmler as a relic hunter in a pre-war Germany. It wasn't until 2008 that a friend sent me "Crusade against the Grail" in English, followed by "Lucifer's Court" and Nigel Graddon's "Otto Rahn, Quest for the Holy Grail". I was thinking of writing a thriller book at that time about the 1st century, and the mysteries of the Languedoc. I had already done a lot of research for the book, but didn't get around to actually writing it, because the financial crisis had made me and my husband work 7 days a week to make a living. In 2011 I first had the chance to sit down properly and started writing in January. I would write almost 18 to 20 hours a day for several months and Otto slowly became one of the key players in the book.

Русское предисловие к книге Рене Нелли "Катары. Святые еретики"

Ученый францисканец Вильгельм Баскервильский в романе Умберто Эко «Имя розы» объясняет своему ученику Адсону наличие огромного количества ересей и сект, которые порой непросто отличить друг от друга, следующим образом: «Представь себе... реку, мощную, полноводную реку, которая течет тысячи и тысячи верст в своем крепком русле, и ты, ее видя, в точности можешь сказать, где река, где берег, где - твердая земля. Однако в какое-то время, в каком-то месте эта река попросту устает течь — возможно из-за того, что течет она слишком долго и слишком издалека, возможно из-за того, что уже близится море, а море вбирает в себя любые, самые могучие реки, и таким образом любые, самые могучие реки перестают существовать. И река превращается в дельту.

White Lie by Jeanne D'Aout

The Secret of Otto Rahn - Relic Hunter

The nineteen thirties, Nazi Germany. Organisations like the Nordische Gesellschaft and the Thule Gesellschaft were researching the origin of the Germanic people, the Arian race. Obsessed with the ancient cultures which connected their ancestors, they searched all corners of the earth trying to find relics and remains of these old civilizations. Relic hunter Otto Rahn seached for the Grail treasure. Here, in Occitania.

Rahn visited Occitania many times and stayed for months at the time during 1929 - 1932. In '32 he leased a hotel called 'Les Maronniers' in Ussat-les-Bains. On the photo we see him entertaining his mother in the garden of the hotel. He is wearing a sweater which his mum nitted for him, showing the symbol of the Thule Gesell-schaft of which he was a member. When the hotel went bankrupt, he had to leave France.

Otto Rahn: las conexiones entre catarismo y nazismo

UNA DE LAS FIGURAS que más fascinación ha ejercido en relación al mundo “neocátaro” es Otto Rahn, que buscó el Santo Grial en la fortaleza de Montségur. Miembro de las SS que acabó expulsado de sus filas, dejó una obra escrita breve pero influyente en el entorno hitleriano al amalgamar nazismo y catarismo. Sabemos muy poco de él, pues su trayectoria está rodeada de toda suerte de especulaciones. Y es que su personalidad fue harto chocante: francófilo y al parecer homosexual, se desenvolvió en un universo nazi pangermánico y exaltador de la virilidad.

Así las cosas, los interrogantes sobre Rahn son numerosos, abarcan todos los órdenes de su vida y tienen difícil respuesta con las fuentes disponibles: ¿Fue un estudioso del catarismo o lo empleó como pretexto para labores de espionaje? ¿Actuó como un nazi convencido o su condición de homosexual y la falta de medios le llevaron a las filas de las SS? ¿Murió en 1939 o se orquestó una farsa para “blanquear” sus supuestos ancestros judíos? Al margen de sus móviles, sabemos con certeza que nazificó el catarismo y mereció la atención y la complacencia del máximo dirigente de las SS, Heinrich Himmler.

Otto Rahn: author, poet, Grail seeker, SS officer

In February 2007, Montserrat Rico Góngora published “The Desecrated Abbey”, in which he claimed that Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s second-in-command and head of the Nazi SS, had made a secret wartime mission to an abbey in Spain, in search of the Holy Grail. Góngora even interviewed Andreu Ripol Noble, a former monk and the only person that spoke German, who was ordered by his superiors to guide Himmler during the visit in 1940. Ripol related that Himmler came to Montserrat inspired by Richard Wagner’s opera “Parsifal”, which mentions that the Holy Grail could be kept in “the marvellous castle of Montsalvat in the Pyrenees” – the mountain range that marks the border between France and Spain.

Otto Rahn and the Quest for the Grail: The Amazing Life of the Real "Indiana Jones" by Nigel Graddon

Editorial Reviews
Product Description
Who was the amazing Otto Rahn? How come if Rahn was such an amazing man has hardly anyone outside specialist pre-WW2 history circles ever heard of him? But is he really such an unknown? The story lines of Raiders of the Lost Ark to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade mirror Rahn’s incredible adventures in the South of France in the early 1930s.
About the Author
Nigel Graddon lives in South Wales with his wife Val, a Special Needs Teacher, and his son Lewis, a science undergraduate. Nigel has written various articles on these topics for historical societies.