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Attack of the Enemy

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The time of Nazi dictatorship in Germany (1933-1945) consistently stimulates more interest than any other period of human history, as witnessed by the countless books and other media on Adolf Hitler and his leading cohorts. Why the enduring fascination? Does the abundance of available material help us truly to understand the phenomenon?


In this clear-sighted study, Johannes Tautz concludes that there is an existential need for the human psyche to come to terms with the forces of destruction that broke out during the era of Nazi National Socialism. To get to the essence of the phenomenon, the author employs the method of “historical symtomatology” as developed by Rudolf Steiner. Through these means, “the historical process is perceived as the physiognomic expression of spiritual forces.” By viewing events as symptoms, the outer facts become transparent to the hidden influences behind them, and, as a result, occult aspects are revealed.


Attack of the Enemy focuses on the degenerate elements that inspired Nazism—their meaning, nature, and methods—and examines their manifestation in earthly events. He reveals the spiritual context in which these adversarial, opposition forces erupted and attacked humanity—all at a time when human consciousness had stepped over a new threshold. The Nazi functionaries and their spectral leader—whom he calls “the Medium”—willingly served those powers as the bedazzled masses remained largely passive. The author warns that, if we are serious about developing an egalitarian society today—one that corresponds to the present level of human evolution—we need to understand that period of tyranny in Germany at the deepest levels.


In addition to Tautz’s classic text, a new appendix by Andreas Bracher brings the reader up to date with a survey of relevant literature on the theme, as well as an insightful review of the Nazis’ attitude toward Rudolf Steiner and the anthroposophic movement. Contemporary extracts from the Völkische Beobachter (the Nazi’s house journal) reveal the viciousness and hatred directed toward Steiner and Anthroposophy by the Nazis.


Written by Johannes Tautz 


90 pages

6" x 9"

Published  (year)