May 23rd sees the UK release of a new low-budget Sci-Fi comedy titled ‘Iron Sky,’ which tells the story of German Nazis who, after being defeated in WWII in 1945, fled to the Moon where they built a space fleet, and are now ready to conquer Earth.
According to the UK‘s ‘Daily Mail,’ the movie:
… sold more tickets than the new Angelina Jolie film at the recent Berlin Film Festival and the finished product is a funny, smart attack on world politics, featuring an American President who bears a striking resemblance to Sarah Palin.
In ‘Iron Sky’s’ spoof of history, at the end of WWII the Nazis fled Earth to live on the Moon, where they’ve since built a fortress, complete with a swastika-shaped lunar station.
They are led by an officious ‘Moon Führer’, who commands female storm-troopers. It’s now 2018, and they’re ready to invade Earth.
“There was a bit of an outrage on YouTube when the first trailer came out,” says Finnish director Timo Vuorensola.
The film is a Finnish-German-Australian co-production, and draws parallels between the Nazis and the American government.
The ‘Daily Mail’ also reports that,
Internet enthusiasm for ‘Iron Sky’ started to build three years ago, and, with the crew realising they needed a few million euros more than the €4m they originally budgeted for, they turned to the fans for help, giving them the chance to invest in the film.
(Vuorensola says), “That provided us with €700,000, and then about €200,000 in merchandise sales. Which meant we were able to get another two million from traditional financiers because it was proven that so many people wanted to see the film. I think we’ll definitely see more and more of that from independent films. And if we use the money cleverly, we can compete with Hollywood.”
Financing a movie with the help of friends and fans is nothing new to Timo Vuorensola, who previously directed two of the ’Star Wreck’ parodies, a series of seven films in total which chart the adventures of James B. Pirk. The most successful is 2005’s ’Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning,’ which Vuorensola produced with four other friends in Finland. Mostly shot in a converted two-bed roomed apartment, more than 300,000 copies of the movie were legally downloaded within a week of it‘s release, thus ensuring Vuorensola’s status as a star within niche Sci-Fi circles. All ‘Star Wreck’ films are available for free download and viewing online, offered under a Creative Commons (Non-Commercials) licence.
In the ‘Daily Mail’ article, Vuorensola says that ‘Iron Sky’ laughs “at Nazi fascism and ideology, not at the victims of the Nazis.”
All joking aside, some of the themes explored in ’Iron Sky’ have been seriously discussed by a number of researchers and authors over the decades who believe that undisclosed space technology, secret societies and esoteric knowledge were all contributory ingredients in the Nazis’ aim for world domination. Indeed, when an as yet unknown Adolf Hitler joined what was later to become The Nazi Party in 1919, it was a fledgling organisation with direct links to the occultist Thule Society and operating under the name of the German Workers’ Party (known in German as, ‘Deutsche Arbeiterpartei,’ abbreviated to ‘DAP’). In fact, DAP founders Anton Drexler and Karl Harrer were Thulists themselves acting on the desires of fellow members within the society who were seeking to establish a political workers’ union. A few months after it’s formation, the DAP changed it’s name to the German National Socialist Party (‘Nazi’) in a bid to broaden it’s appeal to larger sections of the German population and boost it’s tiny membership. Hitler became chairman in 1921.
The “Thule” in “Society” is said to refer to an island from antiquity and was first cited in the writings of ancient Greek explorer Pytheas following his travels to the British isles sometime between 330 BC and 320 BC. The details of his journey have survived through the works of later authors, some of whom were sceptical of his claims that such an island existed. The Greek historian Polybius (200 – 118 BC) states that Pytheas “led many people into error by saying that he traversed the whole of Britain on foot, giving the island a circumference of forty thousand stades, and telling us also about Thule, those regions in which there was no longer any proper land nor sea nor air, but a sort of mixture of all three of the consistency of a jellyfish in which one can neither walk nor sail, holding everything together, so to speak” The Greek historian, geographer and philosopher Strabo (64/63 BC – ca. AD 24) notes that Pytheas’ writings describe Thule as “six days’ sail north of Britain,” and “near the frozen sea.” He adds, “now Pytheas of Massilia tells us that Thule, the most northerly of the Britannic Islands, is farthest north, and that there the circle of the summer tropic is the same as the Arctic Circle. But from the other writers I learn nothing on the subject – neither that there exists a certain island by the name of Thule, nor whether the northern regions are inhabitable up to the point where the summer tropic becomes the Arctic Circle.” The Roman author, naturalist and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder (23 AD – August 25, 79 AD) describes Thule as the farthest point of all the islands around Britain where “there be no nights at all, as we have declared, about mid-summer, namely when the Sun passes through the sign Cancer; and contrariwise no days in mid-winter: and each of these times they suppose, do last six months, all day, or all night.”
In times since, Thule has often been identified in modern interpretations as Iceland, Greenland, Norway and Scandinavia. A number of Nazi mystics believed Thule to be the capital of Hypoborea, an ancient lost landmass near Greenland or Iceland first known to have been cited by Greek historian Herodotus (484 – 425 BC).
In the 1970s, Miguel Serrano, a poet, esoteric author, Nazi sympathiser, and former Chilean diplomat, claimed that Hitler was still alive and communing with Hyperborean gods in an underground Antarctic base. He predicted that the notorious dictator would lead a fleet of UFOs from there and establish a Fourth Reich.
According to official history, the Germans embarked on three expeditions to the Antarctic, the third of which in 1938 was organised by the Nazis. A number of alternative researchers believe ice-free areas with vegetation were discovered during this trip. Others claim Hitler found refuge there after escaping Germany at the end of WWII, living in a secret Nazi-built base dubbed, “Station 211” (or “Base 211”). German “Holocaust-denier,” campaigner and lecturer Ernst Zundel has stated that Nazi UFOs are regularly launched from this location in order to monitor humanity until such a time when they will make another bid for world domination. Vladimir Terziski, a Bulgarian engineer and physicist claims that Nazi Germany worked in partnership with Italy and Japan during WWII on advanced craft research and continued their efforts after the war in Antarctica. He also holds the view that the Germans probably landed on the moon as early as 1942 and established an underground base there. He also believes the moon has an atmosphere as well as water and vegetation.
Although there’s no denying the technological advances made by the Germans before and during WWII, especially with regards to the development and use of the V-2 Rocket as an aerial weapon over London, France, Belgium and the Netherlands from 1944 onwards, the debate continues as to further breakthroughs. The official line vehemently disputes those who believe that flying saucers and other forms of anti-gravitational craft had been built. In March 1950, Italian scientist, Professor Giuseppe Belluzzo was reported to have stated that “types of flying discs were designed and studied in Germany and Italy as early as 1942.” Belluzzo, a former Italian Minister of National Economy under the Mussolini regime also added that BMW had been involved with the development. The famous automobile manufacturer was also implicated by German engineer Rudolf Schriever in 1965 during an interview for the German magazine ’Der Spiegel’ in which he claimed that he’d designed a circular plane of rotating turbine blades 49 ft in diameter. He said the project was developed by him and his team at BMW’s Prague works until 1945. He was also reported to have said on more than one occasion that his designs for the disk were stolen from his workshop in 1948. Meanwhile, German engineer Georg Klein reportedly told the press in the 1950s that he was present in 1945 when the first piloted “flying saucer” took off and reached a speed of 1,3000 miles per hour within 3 minutes.
In 1959, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, editor of the US Air Force’s ‘Project Blue Book’ wrote: “When WWII ended, the Germans had several radical types of aircraft and guided missiles under development. The majority were in the most preliminary stages, but they were the only known craft that could even approach the performance of objects reported to UFO observers.”
Indeed, the German rocket experts were valued highly by the US Military/Intelligence Complex and recruited many of them following the end of WWII under ’Operation Paperclip,’ a program that secretly employed Nazi scientists from not only rocketry, but aeronautics, electronics and medicine. One of those enlisted for their expertise was Wernher von Braun, a respected German-born rocket scientist and Nazi Party member who was credited with being responsible for the realisation of the V-2 Rocket. In 1960, he became the first director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre and was later credited as the leading force in the development of the Saturn V booster that helped propel the Apollo spacecraft to the moon in 1969.
The Nazi/UFO saga is a long and convoluted one, far too extensive to be featured in depth here. It’s a saga that also connects to claims that the Third Reich was involved in assignations with extraterrestrials, trips to Mars, esoteric expeditions to Tibet and attempts to gain further knowledge about the lost, ancient civilisation known as ‘Atlantis’ and Aryan super-races.
For more information about ‘Iron Sky,’ check out the official website here:
‘Daily Mail’ article: