"An ancient legend from the East
tells us that the spirits of the power of evil
are held captive in the maritime night
sealed by the prudent hand of God.
Until such time as fate, once in a millennium,
grants one fisherman the power to release them
unless he throws his bounty back into the sea
For my father, destiny had spoken.
On one occasion it was up to him
to push the demon back into its jail.
My father broke the seal. He did not feel the breath
of the Devil.
He let the demon loose on the world."
Albrecht Haushoffer (The father)
executed by the Gestapo in 1945
Item acquired by the Curator
Origin: Turkey, Germany
Group of small soldiers representing the belligerents in the Second
Report: Surnateum investigation
The beginning is always a delicate time.
Our story begins in a Germany exhausted, ravaged and divided up
following the First World War - in a chaotic world desperately trying
to restore some semblance of order.
In Russia, the imperial family would be exterminated at Yekaterinburg;
an epidemic that more closely resembled the plague than the influenza
killed 21 million people around the world. In two years, prohibition
would begin in the United States.
In the Bavarian city of Munich, Baron von Sebottendorf created,
within the Germanenorde, a magical secret society called the Thule-Gesellschaft.
This group based its rituals on those of Turkish free masonry, into
which the baron had been initiated. But Von Sebottendorf brought more
with him than just rituals.
He owned an ancient bottle, several thousand years old, which, it
was said, contained a demon - an extremely corrupt entity that could
be consulted as an oracle.
The iridescent, milky-white, orange-sized bottle looked exactly like
the bottle described by Robert Louis Stevenson in his short story
entitled The Bottle Imp.
According to the legend, King Solomon locked the demon Belial in the
bottle and then threw it down a well in Babylon. But once every
one thousand years the object re-surfaces in another bid to annihilate
Any user who lets himself be subjugated by the hypnotic power of the
entity must be very careful! In the Bible the demon Belial
represents absolute evil and was worshipped in Sodom before that
city was destroyed in a deluge of fire.
It is said that Attila himself...
In 1919, seven members of the Thule-Gesellschaft decided, against the
advice of Von Sebottendorf, to stir that which was sleeping in the
bottle and to consult the oracle. These financially powerful men wanted to know
which party to back in the strong and highly competitive
reconstruction of Germany.
Belial was able to answer the question.
But their hatred for Jews, Communists and Free-Masons overcame any
sense of caution about the risks of unleashing an uncontrollable magic action.
According to Croze and Orazi's magic calendar (Paris, 1896), April is
the month of horoscopes. The essential purification ritual
would last one month, culminating on the 30th of the month during Walpurgisnacht, the
night of the sorcerers. This was the most intense
time of Germanic magic, equivalent to the
Anglo-American celebration of Halloween.
The group consisted of the following individuals: Prince von Thurn
Countess von Weistarp, Baron von Seidliz and four other members
whose names have been lost. Von Sebottendorf, sensing imminent danger,
left Munich in early April - a wise move.
On 9 April, the Spartacist red revolution erupted in that city. On
26 April they took over the Four Seasons Hotel (in Maximilianenstrasse),
headquarters of the Thule-Gesellschaft and arrested those present. Many
objects were broken during the commotion.
On 30 April the seven 'conspirators' were executed. On the same day
the Spartacist HQ was cleaned out by flame-throwers, a deluge of fire.
Released from his prison, Belial was having the time of his life.
(Yes, that is the very same bottle that you see here; it emits a corrupting
form of energy. If we place a small object in it, it
will twist horribly.) (Experiment 1)
Following the failure of the Communist putsch, the Thule survivors met
again. Those present were Dietrich Eckart, Alfred Rosenberg and Karl Haushoffer. Von Sebottendorf never
returned to Munich. He took up residence in Bad Sascha until 1934, and
then returned to Turkey. From then on, nothing could save him.
A Babylonian magic seal from Iraq would have been needed to force
the entity back into the bottle.
So they had to try and control the demon. To do that, the other
members of the group decided to have Belial lodged in a soulless
creature, a golem. He would be easy to control and would be
invulnerable as long as the host lived there. The hardest thing was finding such a rare gem!
What was needed was a crude being with base instincts, one who was easily satisfied by
the demon, but who had exceptional qualities as a medium. A perfect
host, and one who was preferably born in April.
On 10 September 1919, Hell provided them with just such a gift in
the person of a loud-mouthed corporal from Vienna called Adolf Hitler.
He had just joined the DAP, which would later become the Nazi party.
Until 1923, his education was handled by Dietrich Eckart, the grand master of the Thule-Gesellschaft. Upon his death,
a young visionary Nazi officer took over.
A member of the secret society, Rudolf Hess became the guardian. The
bottle was carefully hidden somewhere near Bonn. But who controlled
Little by little, Hitler removed himself from the sect's influence.
In 1934, during the 'Night of the Long Knives', many of the people
standing in his way simply disappeared.
Then came the war. The Führer had become uncontrollable.
In 1941, the Nazis made a desperate attempt to recover the seal
hidden in Iraq, which at that time was controlled by the British.
Rudolf Hess knew that if Hitler killed himself - which was the only
way to get rid of the creature - then he would automatically become the
next host. That scenario started to seriously prey on his mind.
On 10 May 1941, under the influence of the Haushoffers (Karl and Albrecht),
he flew to England in the hope of winning time and stopping the
conflict. Among the proposals for peace, one clause called for Iraq to
be returned to the Germans.
Nobody believed his story - at least not officially - and he was
assumed to be insane.
The end of the story is well known.
Hitler committed 'suicide' in Berlin on 30 April 1945.
Albrecht Haushoffer was executed by the Gestapo shortly before.
His father Karl and his mother killed themselves upon hearing the
news. Alfred Rosenberg was hanged in Nuremberg; the body of Von Sebottendorf
was found drowned in the Bosphorous.
Only Rudolf Hess escaped the gallows, but was sentenced to life
imprisonment in Spandau prison. Never had any other prisoner been
guarded as he was.
A photo of Spandau prison published in Paris Match shows the
guards from the four nations whose duty was to guard this single
prisoner; they were in a hypnotic semi-sleep. He died in 1987,
allegedly by his own hand.
In late 1949, three member of a secret society in contact with the
army carried out research in Berlin
and then near Bonn to find material evidence of this story. They
were killed under mysterious and horrific circumstances. The Belgian
army sergeant who brought their remains from Bonn to the military
hospital in Liège never returned to his base. In addition to
the bottle prison, he also carried the objects that you see here.
These objects were handed over to the Collector.
An antique bottle in broken blue glass kept in a biscuit tin plus
various Nazi odds and ends.
The Curator of the Surnateum, who told us the story, placed on his
desk a series of figurines representing the main belligerents in the
Second World War.
(Toys dating from the 1930s to 1950s) There were Hitler,
Mussolini, Churchill, Stalin, De Gaulle, Roosevelt andHess, as well
as a kind of crouching magician from Turkey holding a wand in his
hands: Von Sebottendorf.
"This basic oracle can answer questions about the war and the
belligerents," the Curator told us.
As a test, he asked the following questions: "Who was the host
for the demon during the war?".
He spun the magician, which ended up pointing at Hitler.
Thinking it was a trick, someone else asked: "Where did Rudolf Hess
flee to in 1941?" This time, the magician ended up pointing at Churchill.
Each question was answered correctly.
Unsettled, we put the toys away, leaving out only the magician.
It was at that very moment that one of us asked the question that we
were all thinking: "Since the death of Hess
and the destruction of Spandau, where has the entity been hidden?"
The figurine spun one last time, pointing its wand to my computer
connected to the Internet.
The whole world was going to find out…
The Surnateum team recently acquired the magic seal required to
control the demon.
Who knows, perhaps putting its picture on the Internet will yield
Hitler (Alan Bullock), a contemporary encyclopaedia
Hitler m'a dit (Hermann Rauschning)
Hitler et l'ordre noir (André Brissaud ) Lib.acad.Perrin
Hitler, l'élu du dragon (Jean Robin) Trédaniel
Le nazisme, société secrète (Werner Gerson) Belfont
Baltikum (Dominique Venner) Robert Laffont .
L'Illustration, 14 July 1934.
Paris Match nos. 393, 139, 330, 913.
Soir illustré, nos. 1765, 1766, 2492.
Histoire secrète de la mission Rudolf Hess (Lord James Hamilton) Robert Laffont
Le meurtre de Rudolf Hess (Hugh Thomas) Albin Michel
Europe magazine no. 38
Magic Calendar 1896 (Croze and Orazi) Art nouveau
Die Praxis Der Alten Türkische Frei Maürerei (Von Sebottendorf)
Dictionnaire de la Bible (A.M.Gérard ) Laffont
Historia no. 290
The Bottle Imp in Docteur Jekyll and Mr Hyde (R.L. Stevenson) Marabout
Original personal documents about WWII