Archaeology Archaeology - Unraveling Hitlers Conspiracy
The Nazi’s doctrine was clear: They, the Aryans, were a superior race, as they had demonstrated in their heroic past. Every effort must therefore be made to guarantee the genetic purity of the nation. In July of 1935, Heinrich Himmler, Head of the Gestapo and the SS, founded the Ahnenerbe (The Research and Teaching Society for Ancestral Heritage) to validate these ideas and to ensure their propagation. Himmler’s goal was to research, excavate, and restore (real and imagined) Germanic cultural relics and to obtain scientific (or pseudo-scientific) support for these racial theories. Here, for the first time, is the story of how archaeology was used not only to manipulate information about the past, but also to legitimize the genocidal regime of the Nazis.