Adolf Josef Lanz Takes Vows as Cistercian Monk

Adolf Josef Lanz Takes Vows as Cistercian Monk

Adolf Josef Lanz

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Adolf Josef Lanz, who has adopted the name Brother Georg, takes his vows as a Cistercian monk at Heiligenkreuz Abbey. Later, after he renounces his vows and adopts a third name, "Lanz von Liebenfels," he will become an important figure among the many racists, anti-Semites, and German nationalists at the start of the 20th century.

It's likely that Lanz is heavily influenced by Nivard Schloegl, his novice-master and a Bible scholar who teaches that Jews are an arrogant, inferior group. Schloegl's anti-Semitism is so extreme that his translations of the Bible will be placed on the Index of Forbidden Books because of the prejudice he expresses in them.

As Lanz von Liebenfels, he will create a group he names Ordo Novi Templi (Order of the New Templars) which will employ a swastika as its symbol. His magazine, Ostara, will be read avidly by Adolf Hitler and Dietrich Eckart. This will make Adolf Josef Lanz an important and direct influence on the founding of the Nazi Party.

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