Digging for Hitler

The Nazi Archaeologists Search for an Aryan Past

Dr. David Barrowclough

The true story of the Nazi villains that spent the war searching for archaeological treasures that inspired the Indiana Jones movies.
Date Published :
October 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555002
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


During the 1930s, in the build up to the Second World War, the Nazis established a band of specialists, the SS-Ahnenerbe, under the command of Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Wirth. Their aim was nothing less than to prove the superiority of the Aryan race, and with it the unique right of the German people to rule Europe. The occult figured as a key feature in many of these increasingly desperate quack ‘research’ efforts. Part ‘science,’ part espionage, and part fantasy. Archaeological expeditions were sent to Iceland, Tibet, Kafiristan, North Africa, Russia, the Far East, Egypt, and even South America and the Arctic. The Nazi ‘Ancestral Heritage Society’s’ chief administrator was Dr Wolfram Sievers, who cruelly conducted medical experiments on prisoners in concentration camps, and was responsible for the looting of historic artifacts considered ‘Germanic’ for ‘return’ to Germany. He rewarded those academics that took part with high military office, whilst those academics who contradicted or criticized the SS-Anenerbe were carted off to concentration camps where they faced certain death. This book tells the true history of the real life villains behind the Indiana Jones movies. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction!

About The Author

David Barrowclough is a historian and archaeologist at the University of Cambridge. He has a special interest in the role that archaeology played in supporting Nazi ideology in 1930s Germany, a topic that he has researched extensively. He is author of a number of academic and popular books on archaeology and history and has acted as archaeological consultant for the BBC.

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