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The magazine Ostara or Ostara, Briefbücherei der Blonden und Mannesrechtler, (in English: Ostara, newsletter of the blonde and masculists) was founded in 1905 by the occultist Lanz von Liebenfels in Viennamarker.

"The Ostara pamphlets promoted an occult world view, based on a grotesque racial struggle, begun in a remote past."

Lanz named his magazine after the hypothetical goddess "Ostara" based on Bede's statement that the Old English tribes named Easter after a goddess named Eostre. Lanz claimed that this goddess was called Ostara by other tribes and that the Ostrogoths and the nation of Austriamarker (German: Österreich) were matronymically named after this goddess. In his study of Lanz von Liebenfels, the Austrian psychologist Wilfried Daim states about the later claim: "Most likely this is even greater nonsense."

According to von Liebenfels, the magazine had a peak circulation of 100,000. The magazine appeared in 3 Series. The first series included 100 (or 89 ?) issues between 1905 and 1917. The 2nd series had only one issue. The 3rd series included 20 issues between 1927 and 1930.

It was said that this magazine was read by Adolf Hitler, though upon annexing Austria, he had von Liebenfels' work banned. Dietrich Eckart was a subscriber.

The ideals promoted by Ostara were influenced by theosophic ideas.

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References

  1. History Channel documentary: Hitler and the Occult
  2. Goodrick-Clarke, The Occult Roots of Nazism, p. 99
  3. see: W. Daim: Der Mann, der Hitler die Ideen gab, 3.ed.1994, p. 123. Daim gives Ostara III, 1 (1927) as source.
  4. see: W. Daim: Der Mann, der Hitler die Ideen gab, 3.ed.1994, p.322-328 for a complete list.


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