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Erik Hanussen

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Erik Hanussen

Cover of Genii (2004)
BornHerschel Steinschneider
June 02, 1889
DiedMarch 25, 1933 (age 43)

Erik Jan Hanussen (June 2, 1889 - March 25, 1933) was born Herschel Steinschneider in Austria, was a clairvoyant, mentalist, occultist, and astrologer, active in Germany during the Weimar Republic. He converted from his family's Jewish faith to better camouflage himself within the emerging Nazi government.


Legends abound about meetings between Hanussen and Adolf Hitler, including a meeting between the two just before the German election, November 1932, during which Hanussen taught Hitler secret crowd control techniques with the utilization of gesture. Ultimately he was executed by the Gestapo and his body was dumped in a field north of Berlin.

He was buried at Stahnsdorf cemetery in Berlin.[1]


  • Hanussen (1955), played by O. W. Fischer
  • Hanussen (1988), played by Klaus Maria Brandauer, director Istvan Szabo
  • Invincible (2001), Hanussen is played by Tim Roth, director Werner Herzog
  • Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005), played by Toshio Furukawa.


  • Palace of the Occult (2015), written and performed by Neil Tobin


  • Gordon, Mel (2001). Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant. Feral House. ISBN 0-922915-68-7.
  • Magida, Arthur (2011). The Nazi Seance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler's Circle. Palgrave MacMillian. ISBN 978-0-230-62053-7


  1. Hanussen by Mel Gordon in Genii 2004 July
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