11-29-11: Nazi Séance
As the Nazis were starting their rise to power in the 1920s, Germany’s beleaguered economy and high unemployment delivered them supporters from unexpected quarters. But, really–a Jewish clairvoyant?
The story of Eric Jan Hanussen, touted as “Europe’s greatest oracle since Nostradamus,” is strange and, ultimately, sad. Arthur J. Magida–writer in residence at the University of Baltimore and a journalism professor at Georgetown University–tells the tale in his new book The Nazi Séance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler’s Inner Circle.
Arthur Magida will be speaking about The Nazi Séance on Thursday, 7 p.m. at The Annapolis Bookstore (35 Maryland Ave., Annapolis) and on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Ivy Bookshop (6080 Falls Rd., Baltimore). On Sunday at 2 p.m. he’ll be at breathe in Hampden (813 W. 36th St., Baltimore), and next Tuesday he’s speaking at the Barnes & Noble at the University of Baltimore (62 W. Oliver St.).
Web extra: More from the interview, including Hanussen’s relationship with Hitler, and what happened after his prediction of the Reichstag fire angered the Third Reich