The article "The Enigma of the Magic Flute", an essay on one of Mozart’s best known opera’s.
Himmler’s Valhalla: the Wewelsburg: "In the course of 1934 Himmler wanted to give his SS more adherence; the best means to achieve this, he found, was an attractive ideology. This man differed in this from other ambitious and cynical Nazi-leaders that he had a mystical trait in his character; a quasi-religious ideology was of essential importance to this originally evangelical Christian. It must be stated in advance that Hitler took no interest in SS-mystics which he found poppycock. What Himmler wanted was a religious centre, something like St.Peterís in Rome or the Temple of Jerusalem."
One of the articles on these pages is a critical review of Ian Kershaw's book Hitler. I shall be lavish with well-deserved praise. However, having read the whole book from cover to cover. I was disappointed. My critiscism does not refer to details; it concerns his treatment of the very subject of the book itself, the person of Adolf Hitler. The reader should understand, however, that my laudatio is seriously and honestly meant. I do not intend it as the backdrop against which my criticism will make a sharper contrast.
"Mythical Eyes" is a short book on myth and mythology. It presents myth as one of the great entrances to reality. Another entrance to reality is history. Historians and other intellectuals are averse to myth, which they consider as infantile or fantastic or as something that is not true. Myth is presented as a mode of looking at reality that is valuable in its own right, no less than history. The differences and oppositions between myth and history are spelled out.
The subject of the essay "Pius XII and the Holocaust" is the attitude of Pope Pius XII with regard to the persecution of the Jews by Nazi Germany. Since 1945 this pope has been criticized from both Jewish as well al Roman Catholics sides. In this essay Pius's motives are explained, as the discussion seems to be overgrown with misunderstandings and suffers not only from a parti pris, but also from a serious lack of knowledge.
The book "De Onbekende Hitler (Hitler the unkown)" is neither a biography nor a psychological study. It highlights some aspects of Hitlerís life and personality, which, in spite of the thousands of book on him, nevertheless remained somewhat underexposed. For instance Hitlerís religious development. Needless to say, my book is not an apology of Hitler.