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I say that at this point there is no surprise to remember that the Nazi regime, so ideologically different from normal political systems and always based on emotional springs versus rational ones, showed a bizarre interest in esotericism and legend. The most obvious example of this was the creation in 1935 of the Ahnenerbe or Society for Research and Teaching on the German Ancestral Heritage, which was dedicated to organize archaeological, anthropological and ethnographic expeditions around the world. In some cases they wanted to find singular pieces representative of the power, being the most known cases the spear of Longinos or the Holy Grail. In others trips were made in search of places that emanate this power for themselves, as in the visit to Spain made by Himmler himself, interested in the Valencian chalice and the mountains of Montserrat.
However, the best known expedition was the one made by Ernest Shnaeffer to Tibet in search of the origin of the so-called Aryan and Agharta race. Agharta was a legendary city whose main characteristic was to be built underground. Although it was placed under the Gobi desert or the mountains of Tibet, it was supposed to communicate with the rest of the globe through a network of underground galleries.
Its capital was called Shambhala, and the Nazi interest in it was based on the fact that, according to the myth, the world was to be governed one day.
But that was not the only unknown region that attempted to locate the Nazis.
In fact, some were real though unexplored, such as Neuschwabenland (New Swabia, Antarctic area which they claimed in 1939).
However, the most grotesque chapter did not affect the South Pole but the North and was based on an erroneous scientific concept according to which the Earth was hollow, with the consequent interest that it would have for Germany to enjoy more vital space or military bases in remote places. The truth is that this issue was not exclusive to the German regime.
Already when Admiral Robert Peary first flew over the Arctic there were those who claimed that he had actually reached the pole exactly on the opposite side, following an underground track.
Anyway, the case is that not long ago came to light some maps and documents of the time on the subject.
Among them is a letter from the sailor Karl Unger, who was traveling aboard U-boat 209, claiming that they had reached the interior of the Earth and were not going to return.