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Remembering Savitri Devi:
September 30, 1905 to October 22, 1982

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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 born 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 [2].” (Translations: German [3], French [4], Czech [5], Norwegian [6].)

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 [7],” 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 [8].

Counter-Currents has reprinted several works by Savitri Devi online:

Counter-Currents has also published or reprinted several works about Savitri Devi:

Savitri Devi is also quite widely tagged [25] at Counter-Currents.

Four of Savitri Devi’s books are currently in print in English and available for purchase at Counter-Currents:

The best introduction to Savitri Devi’s life and work is And Time Rolls On: The Savitri Devi Interviews. Unfortunately, it is now out of print, but Counter-Currents will bring it back into print later this year.

Counter-Currents has now taken over publication of the Centennial Edition of Savitri Devi’s Works. The next volume, due out before the end of the year, is the long-anticipated republication of the complete and unabridged edition of The Lightning and the Sun.