Thule Society
German occult society founded in Munich in 1918 by Adam
Glauer (1875–1945) who styled himself Rudolf, Freiherr von
Sebottendorf. This was an anti-Semitic society that had links
with Adolf Hitler through the German Workers’ Party (later
National Socialist German Workers Party). The activities of the
Thule Group were as much political as occult, and their sphere
of influence included judges, police chiefs, professors, and industrialists.
Dietrich Eckart, a central figure in the Thule Group, also
played a prominent part in the committee of the German
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Workers’ Party and became one of the seven founder members
of the Nazi Party. When he died in December 1923, he is reported
to have said ‘‘Follow Hitler! He will dance, but it is I
who have called the tune! I have initiated him into the ‘Secret
Doctrine,’ opened his centers in vision and given him the
means to communicate with the Powers. Do not mourn for me
I shall have influenced history more than any other German.’’
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