A Tongue-in-Cheek Question


by Not Sure

6 August 2023

Who seeded Earth?


Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken

            In his blurb, “Tales from the Croc-Pot” from April 16, 2006, Alan Watt talked about how structures of ideas are formed in our minds, how we are programmed by drama and fiction, and by symbols found in architecture and paintings, and how our deepest fears are pulled from the depths of our subconscious minds and then given a shape that mystifies and terrifies us.   We are living through the greatest changes the world has experienced since the Industrial Revolution, but because we’re downloaded with entertainment, we can no longer discern fact from fiction.  Alan said, “…there are hundreds of emails coming in from people who are following Annunaki, reptilian people, the UFO’s, and space aliens behind it…How did we get to a stage where so many adults in all walks of life and professions and jobs are so confused that they’re chasing Annunaki and reptilian people? How did this happen? How long does it take to prepare the peoples' minds to bring them to this stage?”

            Alan talked about how it might take generations to prepare our minds through drama and fiction to accept radical new ideas.   Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past was written by Erich von Däniken and published in 1968.  A major hypothesis of the book is that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were seen as gods by the peoples they visited.  Von Däniken’s assertion was that many artifacts such as the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge were built by extraterrestrial visitors or by humans who were given the necessary knowledge by extraterrestrials.  

            The book was promoted as a work of non-fiction.  Scientists and historians rejected von Däniken’s work and claimed his conclusions were based on pseudoscientific evidence, but it was still heavily promoted.  Alan asked “Why would the major media be promoting this without question?  When major books appear across the planet in major bookstores, the bookstores don’t come looking for the book. It takes big, big bucks to promote any author out there into the mainstream. PERMISSION IS GRANTED FROM ABOVE.”

            I wanted to answer that question, but I had to ask a few more questions and come up with unsatisfactory answers before I made headway.  Who is Erich von Däniken?  He was born in Switzerland in 1937, raised Catholic and attended a Jesuit boarding school.  At school, he rejected the church’s teaching on the Bible and developed an interest in flying saucers.   At the age of 19, he was given a suspended sentence (no jail time) for theft.  He left the school and apprenticed for a while at a Swiss hotelier before moving to Egypt, where in 1964, he wrote “Were Our Ancestors Visited from Space?” for a German-Canadian publication.    While in Egypt, he was involved in a jewelry deal which concluded with him receiving a nine-month conviction for fraud and embezzlement when he returned to Switzerland.

            When he was released from prison at the end of that sentence, he became a manager of a hotel in Davos, Switzerland, and there “at night, after the guests went to bed,” he wrote Chariots of the Gods?  The draft of the book was turned down by several publishers.  This is where the story of Chariots of the Gods? became very interesting to me.

            Econ Verlag, a publishing house specializing in non-fiction work, (and now owned by Ullstein Verlag, one of Germany’s largest publishers,) was willing to publish the book after it received a complete reworking by professional author, Utz Uterman, who used the pseudonym Wilhelm Roggersdorf for his work on von Däniken’s manuscript.  Here’s a bit of Wiki on Utz.  Utermann was a former editor of the Nazi Party's newspaper Völkischer Beobachter and had been a Nazi bestselling author.”  Okay.  Wow.

            Utermann received a slim Wikipedia entry which described him as a Germany writer, journalist, screenwriter, and filmmaker.  Wiki makes casual mention that he was a former editor of the Nazi Party newspaper, Völkischer Beobachter, and extensively rewrote Chariots of the Gods?   Wiki also mentioned his marriage to Clementine zu Castell-Rüdenhausen.  Who was Clementine?  Just curious.  Anyone with a mouthful of hyphenated surname deserves a look-see. 

            Castell-Rüdenhausen was a county in northern Bavaria of the Holy Roman Empire, until the regions were restructured in 1806.  It was a partition of the northern Bavarian Castell County, ruled by the Counts of Castell.  I couldn’t find much else on Clementine in English, but as it turns out, she has her own entry in the German version of Wikipedia, so with a bit of translation, here is more about the wife of Utz Uterman.  Clementine belonged to Franconian high nobility, the Castell-Rüdenhausen family.  On May 1, 1933, Clementine and her mother and several other high-ranking members of the Castell family joined the Nazi Party, to which an elder brother already belonged.  In 1933, she became leader of the BDM-Gau of Lower Franconia; Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM), or the League of German Girls.


            Here follows the rise of Clementine, from the translated German Wiki: 

In November 1934, she was promoted to leader of the BDM-Obergau of Franconia.  In February 1938, she was appointed by Reich Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach to the staff of the Reich Youth Leadership and appointed commissioner for the Reich Youth Leadership on 19 February 1938.

In January 1938, she was appointed to the BDM organization "Faith and Beauty", whereby a press release in connection with this appointment emphasized her special merits as Obergauführer in the organization of "exemplary major sporting events for female youth". As commissioner, she was subordinate to the BDM Reich Advisor Jutta Rüdiger (we’re going to return briefly to Frau Rüdiger,) with whom she also had a personal friendship and for a time lived together in a house in Berlin-Frohnau. On October 26, 1939, she married Wilhelm Utermann, known as “Utz”, who was responsible for the youth magazines as chief editor of the Reich Youth Leadership and became one of the most influential film producers in the Federal Republic of Germany after the war under the name Utz Utermann.

Women had a special role in National Socialism, and it was one of the goals of the BDM to lead female youth to marriage and motherhood.  BDM leaders had to retire from active service after marriage to be good role models, so Castell was “relieved” of her duties as commissioner of the BDM plant in 1939.  Reichsjugendführer Schirach announced: “With effect from September 12, 1939, I relieved the Obergauführer Clementine zu Castell-Rüdenhausen as commissioner for the BDM work ‘Faith and Beauty’ in the Reich Youth Leadership. I would like to express my gratitude for her selfless work and my special appreciation for her successes in building up the BDM work ‘Faith and Beauty.’  Obergauführer zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, who is retiring from active service, will continue to be at the disposal of the Reich Youth Leadership for special tasks even after her marriage.”

One of these special tasks was apparently the publication of the illustrated book Faith and Beauty with the subtitle A picture book of the 17-21-year-old girls, which appeared in print in 1940 with a foreword by Schirach and is now one of the important sources for the self-presentation of this BDM work. During her time as commissioner, she is also said to have been involved in the creation of the propaganda film Faith and Beauty (1940) by Leni Riefenstahl's cinematographer Hans Ertl.



Leni Riefenstahl was perhaps the most famous producer of Nazi propaganda, and her cinematographer Hans Ertl was the preferred cameraman of General Rommel.  He would become known as “Rommel’s photographer.”  After the war, Ertl’s daughter denied that he was a Nazi, and claimed that he served out of “obligation” and “to survive.”  In the mid-1950’s, Ertl was arrested by the Allies and banned from working in Germany.  He fled to Chile.  Utz Uterman, on the other hand, would remain in West Germany and produce many comedy and drama films.

            Clementine and Utz would have three sons, divorce in 1954 and then remarry each other in 1967.  I don’t know when Clementine died, but Utz lived until 1991.

            Clementine’s old roommate, Jutta Rüdiger, was a psychologist and would head the League of German Girls from the time of Clementine’s marriage and departure from the BDM in 1937 until 1945 when all programs such as this were disbanded.  She was arrested at the end of the war, but not charged.  She never renounced her belief in National Socialism or the ideals of the Nazi Party.  One article stated that Jutta was “no candidate for marriage but lived in life-long partnership with her comrade (sometimes referred to as cooperator) Hedy Böhmer from 1940 until her death in 1991.”

            The Faith and Beauty Society was initially run by Clementine zu Castell-Rüdenhausen as a tie-in between the work of the League of German Girls (BDM) and that of the National Socialist Women's League.  An interesting observation:  The logo of the Faith and Beauty Society bears a striking resemblance to the NATO logo.  They are both four-pointed stars.


            I noticed a book that Wilhelm “Utz” Uterman co-authored is available on Amazon for $199.  It was published in 1940 and is entitled Adolf Hitler’s Reich: A Photographic Record of the Creation of Greater Germany 1933 to 1940.  This was produced to be a Christmas gift to German youth, designed to map out and record the earth-shaking events of the previous eight years. Important events from each year are highlighted, focusing on the major social, economic, political, and territorial reforms which led to the creation of “Greater Germany.”

            Alan asked, “Why would the major media be promoting this without question?”   Then he elaborated, “When major books appear across the planet in major bookstores, the bookstores don’t come looking for the book. It takes big, big bucks to promote any author out there into the mainstream. PERMISSION IS GRANTED FROM ABOVE.”

            My question is, why would an author with the clout of Utz Uterman be employed to rewrite Chariots of the Gods?

            The book was printed in March 1968 and became a bestseller. In November of that year, von Däniken was arrested for fraud, for falsifying hotel records and credit references to take out a loan to use the money ‘for foreign travel to research’ his book.  Two years later, he was convicted for ‘repeated and sustained’ embezzlement, fraud, and forgery, with the court ruling that the writer had been living a ‘playboy’ lifestyle.” He served one year in prison before being released. “His first book, Chariots of the Gods? had been published by the time of his trial, and its sales allowed him to repay his debts and leave the hotel business. Von Däniken wrote his second book, Gods from Outer Space, while in prison.”  All these convictions before the frauds and forgeries surrounding the book were exposed several years later!

            Chariots of the Gods? and Arthur C. Clarke’s 1956 book, Childhood’s End, were important in seeding the idea of a superior form of life visiting earth.  One book purported to be a work of non-fiction and was in fact extensively rewritten and shaped into its publication form by a highly skilled propagandist, and the other was a piece of fiction by Sir Clarke, whose body of work helped form the foundation of our collective expectation of how the future unfolds.


            A tongue-in-cheek answer:  We were seeded by Ancient Nazis.


© Not Sure


Additional reading:

The League of German Girls, BDM, the Nazi organization for Girls – in Previously Unseen Pictures!


Faith and Beauty Society


Adolf Hitler’s Reich: A Photographic Record