Bergier, Jacques (1912–1978)
Co-author with Louis Pauwels of the sensational best-selling
work Le Matin des magiciens (France, 1960), translated as The
Dawn of Magic (London, 1963) and The Morning of the Magicians
(1971). This book significantly influenced the magical revival
in Europe with its observations about the part that black magic
played in the career of Hitler and the establishment of Nazi
philosophy.
Bergier, born in 1912 in Doessa in a Jewish family, emigrated
to France in 1920. In 1931, he and fellow student Alfred Eskenazi
established a laboratory in Paris to study chemical and
nuclear reactions, propagating the release of nuclear energy
from lighter elements. Bergier was arrested and tortured by the
Gestapo in 1943. After the war, Bergier founded and edited the
magazine Planeté, which appeared in various foreign editions
as Planeta (Spain), Pianeta (Italy), Planeta (Brazil), and Planet
(Germany). He also wrote a number of additional books on occult
and ancient astronaut themes. Originally published in
French, they had a wide appeal in their English editions, with
their constant themes of paranoia, conspiracy, and alternative
history.
Sources
Bergier, Jacques. Extraterrestrial Visitations from Prehistoric
Times to the Present. Chicago Henry Regnery, 1973. Reprinted
as Mysteries of the Earth The Hidden World of the Extra-Terrestrials.
London Sidgwick and Jackson, 1974.
———. Secret Doors of the Earth. Chicago Henry Regnery,
1975.
Bergier, Jacques, and INFO editors. Extraterrestrial Intervention
The Evidence. Chicago Henry Regnery, 1974.
Pauwels, Louis, and Jacques Bergier. The Eternal Man. London
Souvenir, 1972.
———. Impossible Possibilities. New York Stein and Day,
1971.
———. Le Matin des magiciens. Paris Editions Gallimard,
1960. Translated as The Dawn of Magic. London Anthony
Gibbs and Phillips, 1963. Reprinted as The Morning of the Magicians.
New York Stein and Day, 1964.

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