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Although there is some disparity in age (Crowley was born in 1875 and Hitler in 1889) by the time you are looking for the switcheroo the difference wouldn't be that notable. In 1918 the quiet Austrian painter and minor war hero emerged from his convalescence (from mustard gas attacks and what some think was PTSD) as an occult-obsessed lunatic bent on world destruction.
Where was Aleister Crowley during Hitler's miserable stay and psychiatric treatment in Pasewalk Hospital, Pomerania (80 miles north of Berlin)? Hitler was treated for mustard gas, hysterical blindness, depression and post traumatic stress syndrome with hypnotic suggestion by Dr. Edmund Forster who diagnosed him as a psychopath.
When Hitler came out he was a rabid political animal. If there was a single, identifiable moment when Nazism was born, it was in that hospital in November 1918. Hitler’s degeneration had begun. He became a vegetarian obsessed with the occult. Hitler hired a chemist to produce methamphetamine in the early 1900's.
Hitler was infected with syphilis in 1908, and thirty years later, the dormant illness entered the tertiary stage. Tremors and irregular heartbeat during the last years of his life could have been symptoms of tertiary (late stage) syphilis. He was a methamphetamine addict from about 1935, courtesy the quack Dr. Morrell, who was retained by Hitler as his doctor because Morrell was a syphilis expert.
Whether Crowley was there for some reason is conjecture, but someone brainwashed, drugged, and hypnotized Hitler into a profound personality change. Further, Crowley’s notoriety as an Occult Messiah would likely have drawn Hitler’s attention in the natural course of events with his keen interest in the occult. Arguably, he was sort of a proto-Nazi. Both were slaves to drugs, which skewed their views of reality and jacked up their paranoia meters
Armed with new, secret psychological techniques Hitler was able to move the obscure National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) from the clubs and beer halls to a mass movement, while in 1925 Crowley was elected World Head of the OTO.
Between 1936 and 1939 Crowley paid a number of visits to Nazi Germany while Heinrich Himmler's Occult Corps (Geheimnisvolle Korps) recruited or persecuted all practicing occultists in Germany and incorporated into one organization the Thule Society, the Vril Society and the German branch of the OTO. The SS Paranormal Division's subsequent vilification of Crowley during World War II was a simple cover; behind the political facades performed for the public the most powerful factions (occult and economic) of Germany and Britain were not enemies but allies, bound together in the one great war for the conquest of men’s souls and minds.
On 29 July 1943, Crowley went to the movies to see a cartoon film: "Saw show of cartoons lampooing Mein Kampf, with appropriate quotations. Taken in these selected doses, what a masterpiece! And how patent & profound a debt he owes to AL!" After World War II he promptly u-turned his opinion: "Himmler, the Schweinhund [sic] & worse who put Karl Germer on Concentration Camps
We do know that Crowley had dropped out of sight. Visitors were told Mr. Crowley had gone on a Masonic "Magical Retreat" to a secret place called Esopus Island. He supposedly went off to camp and canoe for over a month somewhere, writing a commentary on the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu. (Blackraiser)
So, did he or didn’t he? Was he ‘on retreat’ or mindphreaking Hitler in Germany in 1918? OR, most remarkably, had he mastered the psychic power of bilocation? Was he literally in both places at once? “Let’s do the timewarpp, again.” Although Crowley's absences do seem to link up with important periods in Hitler's life it would be difficult for him to have pulled this off throughout WWII without anyone noticing.
Switch-Over: The Great Change
In his 1983 book The Leader and the Damned, Colin Forbes was perhaps first to make popular the idea that Adolf Hitler's double may have been responsible for the final horrors of the Second World War. Forbes points to a 1943 bomb attack on the Fuhrer's private plane as the time for the "switch-over" between the real Hitler and his impostor. But recent studies indicate that the greatest change in Adolf Hitler's personality (and physical appearance) took place long before he became well-known. It happened in 1918, while Hitler was still a soldier at the end of World War I.
About two months after winning the Iron Cross, Hitler was blinded by mustard gas during a battle. He was taken to the Pasewalk military hospital in northern Germany where he was diagnosed as suffering from "psychopathic hysteria." Hitler was consequently placed under the care of a psychiatrist, Dr. Edmund Forster. What exactly was done to Hitler while under Dr. Forster's care is uncertain because years later, in 1933, the Gestapo rounded up all psychiatric records related to Hitler's treatment and destroyed them. Dr. Forster "committed suicide" in that same year.
In a work published in the History of Childhood Quarterly, psycho-historian Dr. Rudolph Binion suggested that Hitler's psychopathic visions may have been deliberately induced by the military hospital psychiatrist, Edmund Forster. Dr. Binion cited a book completed in 1939 entitled, Der Augenzeuge (The Eyewitness), written by a Jewish doctor named Ernst Weiss who knew Dr. Forster and had fled Germany in 1933. It is a thinly fictionalized account of Hitler's "miracle cure." As a follow-up in a published review, David Bonnell recently summarized the Pasewalk puzzle:
There is considerable controversy regarding precisely when Hitler became driven to destroy the Jews and dominate the world. There is strong evidence, however, that the 'hate and pain' which characterized Hitler's speeches in 1919 and afterward, as well as his fanatical purpose, were not in evidence prior to his psychiatric treatment.
Crowley’s representative in Germany, who came over to America after being released from Nazi confinement (he was jailed for being an associate of the "High Grade Freemason Aleister Crowley
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Crowley was NOT Hitler