Ancient Aliens

Season 2 Episode 5

Aliens and the Third Reich

Aired Unknown Nov 25, 2010 on The History Channel
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Aliens and the Third Reich

Did alien technology from the distant past give Hitler and the Nazi's an almost unbeatable advantage in WWII? Wartime documents indicate that the Nazi's had built an operational flying saucer, known as the Hanebu - and were working on what might have been a time machine! Is it possible that Hitler's quest for world domination was aided by rediscovered ancient technology - or even help from alien's themselves? And could extraterrestrial devices have played an important role in America's race to beat the Russians to the moon?


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Jim Marrs

Jim Marrs


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William J. Birnes

William J. Birnes


Recurring Role

David Childress

David Childress


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Michael Dennin

Michael Dennin


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    • Also Appearing:

      Joerg Schauberger (grandson of Viktor Schauberger, Austrian scientist); Henry Stevens (Author: Hitler's Flying Saucers); Michael Cremo (Author: Forbidden Archaeology); Robert R. Cargill (Biblical Archaeologist, UCLA); Graham Hancock (Author: Fingerprints of the Gods); Igor Witkowski (Author: The Truth About The Wunerwaffe); Dr. Steven M. Greer (Director, The Disclosure Project); and Rev. Dr. Allen Greenfield (Author/Ufologist)

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    • Marrs: The German rocket program was years ahead of any of the allied nations. By the end of the war, they were developing the A-10, which was also known as the New York rocket - so that'd give you an idea of what they were thinkin'. They also had one in the works that they were calling "the Mars rocket". So I think they had some pretty grandiose plans.

    • Schauberger: Victor (Schauberger) also refers to old Indian texts where he reads out of these texts that these old peoples, they used some kind of flowing magnetism that allowed them to overcome gravity.
      Narrator: According to early Sanskrit texts discovered in India, aircraft called Vimana's used a similar propulsion system thousands of years ago. Is it possible that German scientists viewed ancient texts like the Bhagavad-Gita not as legendary myth, but as a source of historical and scientific fact?
      Stevens: The German's were the best Oriental scholars in the world, so they translated the, uh, the ancient texts ... into German.
      Childress: And the German's studied these ancient Indian epics and were familiar with the ideas of Vimana's - and so by combining that with this vortex technology - and, allegedly, this crashed disc from 1936 in the Black Forest, they then came up with their designs for these flying saucers.
      Narrator: In 1939, three years after the reported crash at Freiberg, German scientists developed their own flying saucer-shaped aircraft and called it the Haunebu.

    • Marrs: Almost all my life I've heard stories the Nazi's had obtained a flying saucer - and I do believe the Nazi's were in touch with non-human intelligences that gave them the advanced technology that they developed right up to the end of the war.

    • Birnes: The swastika turns up in the legends of indigenous peoples all around the world. And the theory was that it was a magical power, a magical symbol, given to these indigenous peoples by extraterrestrials - and that by using this symbol, it could ward off enemies, ward off evil, give them the power to not only survive, but become supreme.
      Narrator: Did Hitler choose the swastika as the symbol of the Nazi Party because of its extraterrestrial connections? Did he believe in aliens from other worlds? It is known that Hitler surrounded himself with those who believed in extraterrestrial beings and ancient advanced civilizations.
      Noory: Hitler was obsessed with ancient mythology. He was obsessed with the occult, and more importantly, he was obsessed with trying to gain knowledge ... that he believed he could muster before anybody else could. So he spent an inordinate amount of time, energy and money all over the planet to try to get information about things that would give Germany an upper hand.

    • Narrator: When the Nazi Party swept into power in 1933, the Vril encouraged Hitler and his henchmen to fund a worldwide search for ancient alternative technologies. German scientists and researchers scoured the planet for ancient texts and relics - such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. According to legend, these biblical artifacts contained powerful energies that could be harnessed and used as weapons.

    • Childress: When you see like the Indiana Jones movies, which tend to focus on these secret Nazi occult expeditions around the world to find the Ark of the Covenant or the Spear of Destiny or some secret libraries and aliens - while those movies are fiction, they're very much based on truth.
      Noory: Hitler was obsessed with trying to find the Ark of the Covenant. It was far more important, I think, than just some religious belief. I think the Ark of the Covenant had a function - whatever it might've been.
      Hancock: The Book of Exodus ... there's a very detailed description of the Ark of the Covenant. Supposedly, it was the box that was constructed to contain the two tablets of the Ten Commandments ... which were irradiated with divine power because they had been touched by the finger of God. As soon as the tablets are placed inside the box, if you look at the biblical accounts, that box becomes dangerous. It starts striking people dead, strange voices emerge from it. They weren't far off in the Indiana Jones movie when it was described as a radio for talking to God.

    • Birnes: The Germans were able to develop a technology so far in advance of the Allied technology, that people said they were helped by extraterrestrials. In fact, the one quote we have was from Herman Oberth, and Dr. Oberth was in the German rocketry program. Herman Oberth said, quote, "We were helped by people from other worlds."

    • Narrator: Hitler was now on the brink of having an atomic bomb. But then the Germans suddenly stopped trying to build one. But why did the Germans give up on their atomic program? Most mainstream historians believe it was due to its high cost and commitment amid a losing war effort. Others suggest that the German scientists lacked the knowledge, or possibly, even sabotaged the project in fear of what Hitler would do with his new weapon.
      Noory: The German's came very close to developing a weapon that would have allowed them to win the war. All I can say is "Thank God we beat 'em to the punch," because if they had gotten that technology perfected, we'd all be speaking German right now.
      Narrator: But might the Nazi scientists, as some suggest, have turned their attention to an even more advanced weapon - one that would allow Hitler's army to travel through both space and time?

    • Marrs: The Bell, Die Glocke, was probably one of the top secret projects of the Third Reich. It was so secret that it's even unclear on how much Hitler was told.
      Greer: There's a great deal of evidence to suggest that suggests that, uh, the scientists, including Hermann Oberth and Wernher von Braun and others, were working on a bell-shaped craft that was electro-magnetic in its propulsion system.
      Birnes: This, some say, was the Vunda Vava, the wonder weapon - a weapon so powerful, so exotic, that even in the last minutes of the war, as the Soviet Army closed in on Poland ... could've changed the whole course of the war.

    • Narrator: But was time travel even a possibility? According to German-born physicist Albert Einstein, humans were theoretically capable of it.
      Dennin: His Theory of Special Relativity actually showed for the first time that time can slow down when you go very fast - and so, that has an impact on going into the future. It allows you to travel really fast somewhere, and your time goes slower than somebody else and you end up in the future - relative to what you thought you were doing. The harder on to think about is General Relativity where Einstein talks about gravity, and how to describe gravity. And there, you can start thinking about Space-Time, and bending it, and actually by warping space and time in the right way, you end up going backwards in time.
      Narrator: While no records exist indicating The Bell was ever used during the war ... as the allies pushed into Germany, the entire project and its commander, SS General Hans Kammler, suddenly disappeared.
      Marrs: SS General Kammler ... was going to defect in exchange for immunity. But then, by the end of the war, he disappeared. So, where did Hans Kammler go and what did he take? I think he took The Bell. Did he create a wormhole? Did he create a stargate? And this is what the Nazi's were workin' on.

    • Noory: The ironic thing about all of this is, years later in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, a similar object was witnessed by a number of people - that looked like the bell. Is it possible that the Nazi's perfected these things? Or, it is possible that the aliens looked like Nazi's - in uniforms? How bizarre would that be?

    • Stevens: If you think about all of the technology we have today, there isn't anything that either wasn't invented during this time, or greatly enhanced, by the Germans during the Reich years. The Germans pretty much invented our modern world.
      Narrator: Following the end of World War II, many of Germany's top scientists, engineers and technicians were captured and brought to America as part of a secret project known as "Operation Paper Clip".
      Stevens: "Operation Paper Clip" was a U.S. government project to bring German scientists to the United States to work either for the military or for industry.
      Birnes: They were taken into custody, they were granted asylum, they were brought to the United States. Their horrific war crimes with concentration camp victims were expunged.

    • Childress: Von Braun was really the developer of the V1 and the V2 rocket. He was a member of the Nazi Party, his commanders were SS generals. He was privy to some of the most secret projects that Nazi Germany was developing during the war.
      Narrator: Once in America, von Braun quickly established himself as the leader of the U.S. military's burgeoning rocket program. He would eventually become one of the key architects of NASA.
      Marrs: In fact, the first rockets that the United States was launching out in New Mexico were essentially the V2 rockets. In fact, I think the only real difference was that we'd taken the swastikas and iron crosses off.
      Bara: The whole space race almost seems like a joke, as I look back on it, because the fact is : there wasn't an American rocket program versus a Russian rocket program. We had a German rocket program, we didn't have an American rocket program.

    • Narrator: In 1970, UFO researcher Alan Greenfield claims to have met rocket expert Wernher von Braun while examining declassified files at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
      Greenfield: And I said to him, "How did you develop that much technology so fast?" And he looked down the rows of UFO files and he said "We had help from ... them." And I said, "You mean, them?", meaning the aliens. He said "Yeah. We had help. We all got help from them."

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