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Germans and the Indians
Written and researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski

The theme of the Nordic ancestry of the Native American Indians, especially those of the Northeast, turned up in popular fiction of the Nazi era. As you may or may not know, Hitler was deeply involved in the world of the occult. He felt that these beliefs could actually promote and advance the Nazi cause. Thus he was involved in astrology, alchemy, magic, crystal skulls, the Kabbala, and many beliefs of the Native American culture.

The reasoning for this particular interest was the fact that many "myths and legends" involve the belief that the Vikings were in North America long before Christopher Columbus. As an example, Leif the Lucky, son of Eric the Red (a Viking), founded an Icelandic colony on the West Coast of Greenland in the tenth century. He made his first voyage to "Vinland" around 1000. One of Leif's crewman was named Tyrkir, a German. Today archeaologists have made many strides in proving that Columbus was not the first and that European sailors were here before him. Many Eastern Indians had blue eyes when they were "discovered" by Christopher Columbus after 1492.

In the Mohawk valley of New York, Germans were in such numbers that many eighteenth century (18th c.) travelers to the United States, characterized the entire area as German. The German and Iroquois way of life and speaking brought them together and they mixed quite freely. English, High Dutch, Low Dutch, French, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora were all spoken in the Mohawk Valley.

On the other hand, the English wanted to "root out" both Germans and Native Americans.


In more recent times the United States Army used Choctaw, Osage, Sioux, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajo, and Mohawks as code talkers. The Navajo nation has received the most press in this regard, however, since one or two German doctoral recipients had studied Navajo, George Patton decided that he would use Mohawk and Comanche Code talkers. Thus ensuring his men's safety in World War II.

Books about Native American Codetalkers


George Patton's Speech

Hitler and Crystal Skulls ..... Nazism, New Age, Hitler, and the Occult ..... Hitler and the Occult ..... Hitler's New Occult Movement ..... Nazis Occult Movement


Calloway, Colin G., Gerd Gemunden, and Susanne Zantop. Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

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