Ura Linda Chronicle

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The Ura Linda Chronicle (also: Oera Linda Boek or Himmler's Bible ) is a literary forgery that was made available to individual people from 1860 and appeared for the first time in full and in translation in 1872. It pretends to be a chronicle written in Old Frisian (Ingvaeonian) about a matriarchal paradise called Altland (= "Atlantis in Friesland") that went down in the post-glacial floods. Although doubts about its authenticity arose early on, the work was highly valued by Atlantis researchers and esotericists and is still often cited as evidence in these circles today.

Chronology of events

In 1860 Cornelis over de Linden showed some sheets of his alleged family chronicle to a teacher for the first time. In 1870 Johan Winkler, an expert on the Frisian language, expressed doubts about the authenticity for the first time, as he had noticed elements of the New Friesian language. In 1872 a complete translation was published by Jan Gerhardus Ottema , who was convinced of its authenticity. In the wake of this publication, a heated public dispute broke out in Friesland about the authenticity of the Ura Linda Chronicle, which, on the basis of overwhelming evidence, soon ended with the general belief that it was a forgery. In 1879 the last work for a long time appeared, which was dedicated to the Ura Linda Chronicle.

In 1922 the Dutch folk philologist Herman Wirth took up the subject again; Its German translation was published in 1933. During the Weimar Republic and the beginning of National Socialism , the book was highly controversial. Wirth, who propagated the authenticity of the chronicle, later became a co-founder of the German Ahnenerbe Research Association . Since Heinrich Himmler was concerned about the scientific reputation of his research facility Ahnenerbe, he commissioned Otto Maußer to appraise Wirth's work and to publish a critical edition of the Ura-Linda-Chronik, which was never finished (Maußer died in 1942 and was able to do Himmler until then provide no evidence of authenticity).

In 2004 the historian Goffe Jensma once again unmasked the Ura Linda Chronicle as a forgery, which was apparently created in the 19th century by the Dutch writer François Haverschmidt with the help of his colleagues Cornelis Over de Linden and Eelco Verwijs , namely as a parody on the Christian Bible.

Bibliographical information

  • JG Ottema (Ed.): Thet Oera Linda Bok. After a handwriting uit de dertiende Eeuw. Kuipers, Leeuwarden 1872.
  • Herman Wirth : The Ura Linda Chronicle . Translated and with an introductory historical study . Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig 1933.
  • Herman Wirth: The Ura Linda Chronicle . Verlag der Manufactur, Horn 1993, ISBN 3-88080-902-X .


  • Sybille Mulot: Wodin, Tunis and Inka. The Ura Linda Chronicle . In: Karl Corino (Ed.): Forged! Fraud in politics, literature, science, art and music. = Universal history of forgery . Eichborn-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1996, ISBN 3-8218-1384-9 , pp. 263-275.
  • Goffe Jensma: De gemaskerde god. François Haverschmidt en het Oera Linda-boek . Walburg Pers, Zutphen 2004, ISBN 90-5730-344-2 , (also: Groningen, Rijksuniv., Diss., 2004) ( English summary ).
  • Ingo Wiwjorra: Herman Wirth. A failed ideologist between "Ahnenerbe" and Atlantis. In: Barbara Danckwortt (Ed.): Historical research on racism. Ideologues, perpetrators, victims. Argument, Hamburg 1995, ISBN 3-88619-630-5 .
  • Julia Zernack: "German woman in house dress". Comments on the ideal of women by German scholars. In: Richard Faber , Susanne Lanwerd (eds.), Cybele - Prophetin - Hexe. Religious images of women and concepts of femininity. Königshausen and Neumann, Würzburg 1997, ISBN 3-8260-1350-6 .
  • Eva-Maria Ziege: The meaning of anti-Semitism in the reception of the mother-right theory. In: AGGENDER-KILLER (ed.): Anti-Semitism and gender. About “effeminate Jews”, “masculinized Jews” and other gender images. Unrast, Münster 2005, ISBN 3-89771-439-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Himmler's Bible and the most publicly effective panel discussion in the history of German studies (PDF; 636 kB) by Gerd Simon