In 1935, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo and the SS, founded an elite Nazi research institute called the Ahnenerbe. Its name came from a rather obscure German word, Ahnenerbe (pronounced AH-nen-AIR-buh), meaning "something inherited from the forefathers." The official mission of the Ahnenerbe was to unearth new evidence of the accomplishments and deeds of Germanic ancestors "using exact scientific methods."
Those working for the Ahnenerbe project set out to prove that the Aryan race was descended from Nordic gods by spending millions of dollars on finding irrefutable, archaeological proof. Indiana Jones’ race to find the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail before the Nazis may be the realm of fiction, but in reality, there was a Nazi organization tasked with finding relics. However, this organization, called Ahnenerbe, went far beyond just finding religious artifacts.
They had the stranger purpose of finding “evidence” that linked German ancestry to the Aryan master race, who were believed to have come from long-lost advanced civilizations. Ahnenerbe research included everything from archaeological expeditions, to witchcraft, to psychic research, and macabre human experiments.
The emblem of Ahnenerbe is still famous at certain parts of the world.
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