Ernst Wachler

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Heinrich Ernst Wachler[1] (* 18. February 1871 in Breslau; † September 1945[1] in Theresienstadt)[2] was a völkisch-neopagan and anti-semitic[3] writer, dramatist and publicist.[4]

Wachler's mother had been of Jewish origin, but had converted to Protestantism in her youth.[5]

There is some confusion about the death of Ernst Wachler. Neopagan web pages[6] and print-on-demand books[7] make it appear as if he died as the victim of the Nazis in a concentration camp. Neo-völkisch writers allege that he was sent to KZ Auschwitz where he perished.[8] The German historian Uwe Puschner[9] (Free University of Berlin) mentions that there are various speculations about Wachler's death, but that, according to two of Wachler's close relatives, Wachler died in summer 1945, after the war as an imprisoned German civilian, in the Theresienstadt concentration camp from Shigellosis.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Richard Frank Krummel: Nietzsche und der deutsche Geist. Bd. 1, unter Mitw. v. Evelyn S. Krummel, 2., verb. u. erg. Aufl., Berlin/New York 1998, (German) p. 164.
  2. ^ Puschner 1996: 931.
  3. ^ Werner Stegmaier, Daniel Krochmalnik, Jüdischer Nietzscheanismus, Walter de Gruyter, 1997, (German) p.389
  4. ^ Uwe Puschner: Die Völkische Bewegung im wilhelminischen Kaiserreich. Sprache - Rasse - Religion, Darmstadt 2001, (German) p. 225.
  5. ^ Puschner 1996: 767.
  6. ^ Asatru Historical Time Line, The Seeker Journal: Who Are the Asatruar? (reprinted on Beliefnet.com)
  7. ^ Junker, Daniel. 2002. Gott in uns. Die Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte völkischer Religiosität in der Weimarer Republik. (German) p. 18, 19, 97. A catalogue entry (mentioning that the book is print-on-demand) is available from the German National Library.
  8. ^ Moynihan, Michael; Stephen Flowers (2001). The Secret King: Karl Maria Wiligut, Himmler's Lord of the Runes. Runa-Raven. ISBN 1-885972-21-0. 
  9. ^ German Wikipedia: Uwe Puschner
  10. ^ Puschner 1996: 793

Literature[edit]

Uwe Puschner, 1996: Ernst Wachler. and Deutsche Reformbühne und völkische Kultstätte. Ernst Wachler und das Harzer Bergtheater. In: Handbuch zur "Völkischen Bewegung" 1871 - 1918. (German) Ed. by Uwe Puschner, Walter Schmitz and Justus H. Ulbricht. Munich and others