Savitri Devi Mukherji (September 30th, 1905, Lyon, France — October 22nd, 1982, Essex, England) was a European writer and Aryan patriot often classified as an advocate of so-called National Socialist mysticism but Devi saw the new political doctrine as a practical faith without the requirement of metaphysics. Her writings have become a major influence in the study of National Socialism. Born Maximine Julia Portaz, the daughter of a Greek/Lombard Italian father and an English mother Portaz from childhood and throughout her life she was a passionate advocate of animal welfare colouring her impression of the practitioners of kosher slaughter. Portaz studied philosophy and chemistry, earning two Masters Degrees and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Lyons. By 1929 Portaz realised she was, and had always been, a National Socialist and in 1932 she travelled to India in search of a living pagan culture. Formally adhering to Hinduism, she took the name Savitri Devi (“Sun-rays Goddess” in Sanskrit). She volunteered at the Hindu Mission and wrote A Warning to the Hindus to offer support for Hindu nationalism and independence. On June 9th, 1940 she was married in a Hindu ceremony to Asit Krishna Mukherji, a Bengali Brahmin with National Socialist convictions who edited the pro-German newspaper New Mercury. Now married and known as Savitri Devi Mukherji she had a British passport and in late 1945 following WWII she travelled to Europe. Her first stop was England, where she made contacts. However by June 15th, 1948, Savitri took the Nord-Expreß from Denmark to Germany, where she distributed many thousands of copies of handwritten leaflets encouraging the “Men and women of Germany” to “hold fast to our glorious National Socialist faith, and resist!” She penned her experience in Gold in the Furnace (which has been reedited in honour of her 100th birthday under the title Gold in the Furnace: Experiences in Post-War Germany). Arrested for posting bills, she was tried (in Düsseldorf on April 5th, 1949), for the promotion of National Socialist ideas on German territory subject to the Allied Control Council, and sentenced to three years imprisonment. She served eight months in Werl prison, where she befriended her fellow National Socialist and SS prisoners, (recounted in Defiance) before being released and expelled from Germany. She went to stay in Lyon, France. However this was not to be her last visit. In April of 1953, Savitri obtained a Greek passport in her maiden name in order to re-enter Germany, where she began a pilgrimage of the holy sites of the Third Reich. She flew from Athens to Rome then travelled by rail over the Brenner Pass into “Greater Germany”, which she regarded as “the spiritual home of all racially conscious modern Aryans“. She travelled to a number of sites significant in the life of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party), as well as German nationalist and cultural monuments, as recounted in her 1958 book Pilgrimage.
In 1961 Savitri learned of the British National Party that emerged after WWII when former members of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) took on the name. (This group was quickly absorbed into the Union Movement –it is not connected with the present BNP.) She met with the Party president Andrew Fountaine and began a correspondence with Colin Jordan becoming a devoted supporter of his organization the National Socialist Movement. In August 1962, Savitri attended the international National Socialist conference in Gloucestershire and was a founder-signatory of the Cotswold Agreement that established the World Union of National Socialists (WUNS). William Luther Pierce was appointed editor of its new ideological journal: National Socialist World (1966-68). Along with articles by Jordan and Rockwell, Pierce devoted nearly eighty pages of the first issue to a condensed edition of The Lightning and the Sun. Due to the enthusiastic response, Pierce included chapters from Gold in the Furnace and Defiance in subsequent issues. Savitri continued correspondence with National Socialist activists in Europe, the Americas and Jordan including Ernst Zündel indeed she was the first to tell Zündel that the Holocaust was a lie; he proposed a series of taped interviews (conducted in November of 1978) and published a new illustrated edition of The Lightning and the Sun in 1979. Savriti died in 1982 in Sible Hedingham, Essex, England at her friend Muriel Gantry’s house. She was en route to lecture in America at the invitation of Matt Koehl at the time. Savitri Devi was influenced by writers and thinkers like Julius Evola and Oswald Spengler, and in turn she influenced the Chilean diplomat Miguel Serrano. Among her ideas was the classification of “men above time”, “men in time”, “men against time”. In 1982, Francisco Freda published a German translation of Gold in the Furnace with the fourth volume of his annual review, Risguardo (1980-) devoted to Savitri Devi as the “missionary of Aryan Paganism”. Revilo P. Oliver wrote that he saw the potentiality of a future religion venerating Adolf Hitler “in the works of a highly intelligent and learned lady of Greek ancestry, Dr Savitri Devi.”
“One does not become a National Socialist. One only discovers, sooner or later, that one has always been one.” — Savitri Devi
“I’m against colonialism for the reason that colonialism infects the master as well as the slave. It even infects the master more.” – Savitri Devi
“Out of the corruption of woman proceeds the confusion of castes; out of the confusion of castes, the loss of memory; out of the loss of memory, the lack of understanding; and out of all this, all evils.” – Bhagavad Gita