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From the Publisher
Erik Jan Hanussen made a name for himself as Europes most audacious and controversial soothsayer. Billing himself as The Man Who Knows All, he performed in cabarets and music halls, attracting the attention of everyone from Sigmund Freud and Thomas Mann to Marlene Dietrich and Peter Lorre. His exceptional paranormal abilities along with his stage specialty of hypnotizing women to orgasm garnered ardent admirers and equally ardent denouncements, religious and otherwise. In March 1932, when Adolf Hitlers political future seemed doomed, Hanussen predicted a resurgence of the Nazi Party. The prediction proved a psychic salve for Hitler, and Hanussen became an influential confidant of the superstitious fuhrer. But what Hitler didnt know initially was that Hanussen was not the Dane he claimed to be but a Jew from Moravia whose given name was Herschel Steinschneider.
From The Critics
Erik Jan Hanussen psychic, hypnotist, astrologer, amateur detective and publisher of tabloids was born Herschmann-Chaim Steinschneider in 1889 in a Viennese jail cell and murdered in Berlin in 1933 on the orders of SA officers who owed him money. His remarkable life is the subject of Berkeley professor Mel Gordon's Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant, a fascinating account of Hanussen's many activities, many names and many lovers, supplemented by excerpts from Hanussen's writings and scores of illustrations (publicity posters, Hitler's astrological chart and advertisements for Hanussen's Sex Creme, for example). Hanussen's association with Hitler, which began when he predicted the future fehrer would rule Germany, was very brief, but Gordon does a good job of exploring this baffling alliance. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Gordon (theater arts, Berkeley) provides a detailed reconstruction of the career of the shadowy figure Erik Jan Hanussen. An Austrian Jew who went through several stage names during his adult life, Hanussen is chiefly remembered as the clairvoyant who held s ances for Hitler and who was murdered by the Nazis in 1933. Gordon has assembled an impressive amount of material reconstructing not only the details of Hanussen's life but also how he marketed himself as a magician, psychic, and occultist. In the process, the reader learns a great deal about the underworld of central European carnivals, magic stage shows, and in particular the spiritualism that gained prominence after the Great War. Although his reconstruction of Hanussen's life is impressive, Gordon is on less firm ground historically, making several small errors (e.g., he refers to the Hapsburgs as the "Duo-Monarchy"). In addition, his thesis that Hitler was unelectable in 1932 until Hanussen's involvement changed the course of history is one few historians are likely to back. Recommended with reservations for public and specialized libraries. Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information
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