Germany • 1h 29m
Directed by Rudiger Sunner • Documentary • 2009 • 90 minutes
For more than sixty years, thousands of historians, political scientists, psychologists and others have attempted to explain the murderous ideology of National Socialism-in particular the theories of its founders Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Alfred Rosenberg-and their dreams of a 'Thousand-Year Reich' of Aryan world domination, which led to the Holocaust, war crimes and other atrocities. BLACK SUN sheds new light on the sources of Nazi ideology by examining its occult roots in the world of myths, symbols and fantasies. It traces this development from the writings of various mystics in the early 20th century, which located the original home of the Germanic peoples in sunken continents such as 'Thule' and 'Atlantis,' and propagated the mythology of a superior Nordic race whose heroes fought the forces of moral decadence and racial impurity. The film uses interviews, rare archival footage and contemporary scenes shot in historic locales throughout Germany to chronicle how the Nazis used these mythological foundations to develop Nazism as a political religion, with the SS conceived as a 'Holy Order' defending 'Aryan light' from the 'Jewish-Bolshevik darkness.' It profiles some of the more eccentric members of the SS-including Karl Maria Wiligut, Richard Anders and Otto Rahn-plus cofounders of the Ancestral Heritage Society-Wolfram Sievers and Herman Wirth-who conducted anthropological and archaeological research to confirm their theories of a 'master race.' While BLACK SUN documents the nationalist mystical beliefs that infused National Socialism, the film also reveals the disturbing perpetuation of these beliefs among certain cult groups in Germany today, reflecting an ongoing search for salvation, inspiration and messianic leaders. "An intelligent, intensely focused...
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