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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.” (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.

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

Savitri Devi audios:

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

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

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

Counter-Currents has now taken over publication of the Centennial Edition of Savitri Devi’s Works. The next volume, due out in 2016 or 2017 is Pilgrimage, to be followed by a complete English translation of Memories and Reflections of an Aryan Woman.

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3 Comments

  1. Sonnenrad
    Posted September 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Johnson,

    I would be interested in reading an article on the place Savitri, Guenon, Evola, and Serrano occupy in your personal worldview. You give generously of your rigorous and practical perspective, but these thinkers are clearly very important to you and I would love to read a more personal account of how you have integrated their ideas and spirit within your own Weltanschauung.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Eventually I will do something like that. But I have a lot of other things to do before I can get around to that project.

      • WWWM
        Posted October 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        Greg is a busy man. The Lightning and the Sun edition from CC is excellent, by the way.

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