Remembering Savitri Devi (September 30, 1905–October 22, 1982)Greg Johnson
Savitri Devi was a philosopher, a religious thinker, and a tireless polemicist and activist for the causes of animal rights, European pagan revivalism, Hindu nationalism, German National Socialism, and — after the Second World War — pan-European racial nationalism. She also sought to found a religion, Esoteric Hitlerism, fusing National Socialism with the Traditionalism of René Guénon and Julius Evola. All told, she was one of the most extraordinary personalities of the 20th century.
She was born Maximine Portaz in Lyons, France on September 30, 1905. Her mother, Julia Nash, was English, descending from Viking stock. (She claimed that the name Nash is derived from Ash, as in the World Ash Tree.) Her father, Maxim Portaz, was three-fourths Italian from Savoy, one-fourth Greek. Because of her mixed-European heritage, she identified herself simply as “European.” She also described herself as a “nationalist of all nations.”
For an account of her life and work, read R. G. Fowler’s tribute to Savitri Devi on her 100th birthday: “Woman Against Time: Remembering Savitri Devi’s 100th Birthday.” (Translations: German, French, Czech, Norwegian)
Savitri Devi died on October 22, 1982, in Sible Hedingham, Essex, England at the home of her friend Muriel Gantry. For a sad account of her passing, see Muriel Gantry’s “The Last Days of Savitri Devi,” selected from her correspondence by R. G. Fowler.
For more information on Savitri Devi’s life, work, and influence see R. G. Fowler’s website The Savitri Devi Archive, which was relaunched a year ago today and now contains many new texts and other documents that have never been published before.
Counter-Currents has reprinted several works by Savitri Devi online:
- “Akhnaton on Racial Diversity,” an excerpt from The Lightning and the Sun
- “Cosmotheism in Savitri Devi,” an excerpt from Defiance
- “Feminism and National Socialism” in Greek
- “Gandhi: A Man Against Time.”
- “History, Action, and the Timeless,” chapter 5 of Souvenirs et réflexions d’une Aryenne
- “Hitlerian Esotericism and the Tradition,” chapter 10 of Souvenirs et réflexions d’une Aryenne
- “Hitlerism and Hindudom” in Greek
- “The Jews and the Dark Age.”
- “In Memory of May 1st, 1945,” a poem written under the pen name Clara Sharland
- “Incurable Decadence,” chapter 11 of Souvenirs et réflexions d’une Aryenne
- “The Meaning of Dunkirk,” an excerpt from chapter 14 of The Lightning and the Sun
- “National Socialism and Anti-Semitism,” an excerpt from The Lightning and the Sun
- “Paul of Tarsus, or Christianity and Jewry,” an essay from 1957, Norwegian translation here
- “Race, Economics, and Kindness: The Ideal World,” chapter 11 of Impeachment of Man
- “Remembering Sven Hedin,” an excerpt from And Time Rolls On
- “The Religion of the Strong,” chapter 1 of Souvenirs et réflexions d’une Aryenne
- “Paganismo indio: la última expresión viva de la belleza aria” (in Spanish)
Savitri Devi audios:
Counter-Currents has also published or reprinted several works about Savitri Devi:
- Jonathan Bowden, “Savitri Devi,” Podcast, Transcript; also reprinted in Extremists
- Paul Brundsen, “Life is Worship: Savitri Devi’s Son of the Sun.” French translation here
- William de Vere, “Denazifying Savitri Devi.”
- William de Vere, “Ecofascism Resurgent.”
- William de Vere, “The Politics of Meat: An Ecofascist Perspective.”
- William de Vere, “The Purgative Fantasy.”
- R. G. Fowler, “Enemy and Exemplar: Savitri Devi on Paul of Tarsus.” Translations: German, French
- R. G. Fowler, “Woman Against Time: Remembering Savitri Devi’s 100th Birthday.” Translations: German, French, Czech, Norwegian, Portuguese
- Muriel Gantry, “Valhalla, not Elysion: My Friendship with Savitri Devi.”
- Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Interview with Muriel Gantry, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
- Juleigh Howard-Hobson, “After the Avatar, 1945,” a sonnet
- Juleigh Howard-Hobson, “Hope and Wait.”
- Greg Johnson, “Announcing the New Savitri Devi Archive.”
- Greg Johnson, “Greg Johnson Interviewed About Savitri Devi on the BBC.”
- Greg Johnson, “Robert Stark Interviews Greg Johnson on Eco-Fascism.”
- Greg Johnson, “Savitri Devi, Traditionalism, & Nature Religion.”
- Alex Kurtagić, Review of Defiance
- Alex Kurtagić, Review of Gold in the Furnace
- Christopher Pankhurst reviews The Lightning and the Sun
- Robert Stark Interviews Greg Johnson on Eco-Fascism (French translation here)
- J. A. Sexton, “Savitri Devi’s Defiance and Gold in the Furnace.”
- Video: “Savitri Devi: Woman Against Time.”
- Mark Weber, “Mark Weber on America in 2020.”
Savitri Devi is also quite widely tagged at Counter-Currents.
Seven of Savitri Devi’s books are currently in print in English and available for purchase at Counter-Currents:
- The most recent volume in the Centennial Edition of Savitri Devi’s Works is her magnum opus, The Lightning and the Sun.
- Forever and Ever: Devotional Poems is the first volume of her previously unpublished writings.
- The Non-Hindu Indians and Indian Unity is an early work of hers that urges Indians of all faiths to think of themselves as Indians first and foremost.
- For her views on animal rights, vegetarianism, and Deep Ecology, see her manifesto Impeachment of Man.
- For accounts of her clandestine propaganda activities in Occupied Germany, see Gold in the Furnace: Experiences in Occupied Germany.
- On her subsequent arrest, trial, and imprisonment, see Defiance: The Prison Memoirs of Savitri Devi.
- The best introduction to Savitri Devi’s life and work is And Time Rolls On: The Savitri Devi Interviews.
Counter-Currents has now taken over publication of the Centennial Edition of Savitri Devi’s Works. The next volume will be a complete English translation of Memories and Reflections of an Aryan Woman.
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I wonder what Savitri’s reaction would be to the notion of “Denazifying Savitri Devi.” My best guess is that she would claim that it would be impossible to do so.
An ill-advised, clickbait title. I suppose I thought it rather clever at the time but I believe it generated more controversy than the essay (overlong and academic in tone) merited. My purpose was simply to elaborate on how the ideas of Savitri Devi could be appreciated by those of the Right who did not subscribe to her veneration for historic National Socialism, Hitler, or “Esoteric Hitlerist” ideas in general. One may well disagree with this – she certainly would – but it was written with great respect for her ideas, which have greatly influenced my own thinking, particularly on the relationship of man and the natural world.
Savitri Devi would be gratified that her championing of Hindu nationalism (Hindutva) has become mainstream in India. She was also ahead of her time in championing the rights of the Beings with whom we share Nature. Unlike the so-called Greens of today — who are little more than Reds under a veneer — she had the foresight to call for limits to human population growth and encroachment. She cared for stray cats with praiseworthy and painstaking devotion: how much more noble is that than the destructive ‘philanthropy’ of today’s globalising leftists? Let us wish Savitri Devi a peaceful afterlife or a noble rebirth.
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