The Holcroft Covenant
The Holcroft Covenant is a 1978 novel by Robert Ludlum. In 1985 it was made into a film of the same name; the novel concerns Noel Holcroft, New York City architect—and secretly the son of Heinrich Clausen, chief economic adviser to the Third Reich. At some point in the 1970s, Holcroft is contacted by the Grande Banque de Geneve, concerning his father's will and testament; the testament says. Horrified and desperate to make amends, he and his two friends stole vast amounts of money from thousands of individual sources throughout the Reich and funneled them into a secure account in Zurich, Switzerland. Now, if Holcroft will contact the children of the two friends, they can form a group to distribute the funds and alleviate some of the pain of the Holocaust. Ranged against him in this noble endeavor is the last trace of the Third Reich: the children of Projekt Sonnenkinder. In the dying days of the war, a vast search went out throughout Germany; the children of Germany's finest, those without physical and psychological frailties, were sent to isolated hamlets and right-wing communities all over the world by airplane and U-boat.
They were raised, provided for, indoctrinated. Those who showed promise were inducted into the conspiracy by their elders, they have waited thirty years for the funds so as to take over the world. Their leader, the Tinamou, is the world's deadliest assassin; as Holcroft attempts to carry out what he believes to be the noble, secret mission of his biological father, he is continuously blindsided as good guys turn out to be bad guys, bad guys turn out to be good guys, Holcroft, who has no training whatsoever in intelligence, is forced to learn on the job. Ludlum says he novel was inspired by a "what if" question. "What if Nazi children at the end of World War Two were being saved so that in the next generation they could revive the third reich? British intelligence found it false, but that didn't stop me spinning it out into a story. You can call me a paranoiac, but what I am is a skeptic." The Los Angeles Times called it a "rivetting, suspense-filled read." The novel was a best seller
Virginia G. Madsen is an American actress and producer, she made her film debut in Class, filmed in her native Chicago. She soon moved to Los Angeles. In 1984, David Lynch cast her in the science fiction film Dune as Princess Irulan. Madsen was cast in a series of successful teen movies, including Electric Dreams, Modern Girls and Fire with Fire, she is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman. Her other film appearances include Long Gone, The Hot Spot, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Rainmaker, A Prairie Home Companion, The Astronaut Farmer, The Haunting in Connecticut, Red Riding Hood, All the Wilderness and Joy, she starred as Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten in the first season of the ABC political drama series Designated Survivor. Madsen was born in Chicago, the daughter of Elaine Madsen, who became an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author, Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. After Madsen's parents divorced in the late 1960s, when the children were young, her mother left a career in finance to pursue a career in arts, encouraged by film critic Roger Ebert.
Madsen's siblings are Cheryl Madsen, an entrepreneur, actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish, her mother has English, Scottish and distant Native American ancestry. Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Illinois. Madsen attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago, Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Of her experience with Liss, she said: "I had wanted to join his class since I was 12, it was well worth the wait because I don't think I could have got that sort of training anywhere else in the United States... I always wanted to make a real career out of acting." Madsen made her film debut at the age of 22, acting in a bit part she landed as Lisa in the teen sex comedy Class. She next appeared in Kenny Loggins' music video, she portrayed a cellist named Madeline in Electric Dreams, the first film released by Virgin Films Production Company. She was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch's science fiction epic Dune. In 1986, she starred as Boris' romantic interest Barbara in Creator, which starred Peter O'Toole.
Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons' Fire with Fire. As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy love interest of minor league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell in the 1987 HBO television film Long Gone. In the same year, she appeared in the music video for "I Found Someone", by Cher, she played a secretary in the 1988 comedy film Hot to Trot. She starred as Helen Lyle in the 1992 horror movie Candyman. Madsen appeared in a small role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker starring Matt Damon. Film critic Roger Ebert said that Madsen had a "strong scene", while reviewer James Berardinelli noted that "the supporting cast is solid, with turns from... Virginia Madsen as a witness for the plaintiff". Madsen had a critically acclaimed performance as a supporting actress in Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne; the role catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-list.
Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel, she co-starred with Jim Carrey in Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer. She voiced mother of Wonder Woman, in the 2009 animated film Wonder Woman. In 1988, Madsen appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the fifth and final season of the ABC drama series Moonlighting, she has since made numerous television appearances, including Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson's Creek, The Practice and other series. She was co-host of the long-running television series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999, during the show's eleventh season on CBS, she starred opposite Ray Liotta in the short-lived CBS crime drama series Smith. She had a recurring role in the eighth and final season of the USA Network comedy-drama series Monk. In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC drama series Scoundrels. In December 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast in the NBC science fiction/action series The Event.
In 2012, she joined the cast of the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels as Mrs. Hannah Durant, first appearing in episode eight of season 2, "The Lord's Day". In 2013, Madsen began appearing on Lifetime's Witches of East End as Penelope Gardiner, the main villainess of the first season. In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Productions, her first project was a film made with her mother titled I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration to start filming. My mother's level of activity, of productivity, was why I thought a project like this would work; when we put the idea together, she had said, "I'm far too busy. I'm going to Holland, I'm going here and there and I'm writing my book." But that's what it's about. Her second
Trevayne is Robert Ludlum's fourth novel, published in 1973 under the pseudonym Jonathan Ryder. The novel centers around an independent and headstrong tycoon who reluctantly accepts an appointment from the President of the United States to head a subcommission to investigate malfeasance and rampant corruption committed by contractors and subcontractors with the Pentagon; the investigation unearths dangerous truths. The book was reissued under Ludlum's proper name. Ludlum explained the reason for his use of a pseudonym by saying he "had to publish Trevayne under another name. I chose Jonathan Ryder — the first name of one son, the second a contraction of my wife's maiden name — not because of potential retribution, but because the conventional wisdom of the time was that a novelist did not author more than a book a year. Why? Damned if I could figure it out. Something to do with'marketing psychology', whatever the hell that is." This novel is the only Ludlum novel without the word "The" in the title
The Cry of the Halidon
The Cry of the Halidon is a 1974 suspense novel by Robert Ludlum. The story concerns a geologist, Alex McAuliff, who served in the Army as an infantry officer and fought in Korea, is commissioned to undertake a survey in Jamaica. It's an offer McAuliff just can't refuse: two million dollars for a geological survey of Jamaica's dark interior. All Dunstone, Limited asks for in return is his time, his expertise, above all his absolute secrecy. No one is to know of Dunstone's involvement - not McAuliff's handpicked team, but British Intelligence knows and they've let Alex know a secret of their own: the last survey team sent to Jamaica by Dunstone vanished without a trace. For McAuliff, it's too late to turn back. Alex knows about Dunstone...which means he knows too much. He is a marked man...but by whom? Dunstone Limited? British Intelligence? A rival company? A beautiful island and a beautiful woman who could be a spy are central to Alex's chance for survival; that and a single word... Halidon. In common with other Ludlum novels the lead character discovers there is more to the deal than expected and McAuliff is enlisted by British Intelligence.
The story develops as McAuliff's resources and abilities are tested leading him to a secret organisation hidden in the Jamaican mountains
The Sigma Protocol
The Sigma Protocol is the last novel written by Robert Ludlum, was published posthumously. It is the story of the son of a Holocaust survivor who gets entangled in an international conspiracy by industrialists and financiers to take advantage of wartime technology. Ben Hartman is vacationing in Switzerland when he meets his old school buddy Jimmy Cavanaugh - who tries to kill him; as he dodges assassins, mysterious tails, police while searching for a safe place to hide, he finds his twin brother, thought to have died in an airplane crash several years earlier. Peter describes an international corporation, formed in the last days of World War II, composed of financiers, influential members of large corporations, Nazi brass, he gives Ben a photo of some of the leaders, only to find out. Soon, Peter is killed by an assassin, Ben escapes with his life again, he meets up with Liesel. Meanwhile, United States Department of Justice Agent Anna Navarro is recruited by a secretive group within the DoJ to investigate the deaths of a list of influential men around the world who have been dying mysteriously.
Her probes turn up false leads, possible coverups, dead ends, until she finds out that the men have been poisoned by someone using the same obscure toxin. Following the leads, she finds that the men she had been assigned to investigate are part of an international group of financiers and business moguls, she soon finds out that she has been reported "off the reservation", the attempts begin on her life as well. Through their own distinct investigative means, the two protagonists discover more about the shadowy group, called Sigma, it is learned that Sigma has grown from a simple attempt to plunder the Nazi treasury and stabilize the industrial and financial state of the world in the wake of the war, to a political and financial machine which controls as many as 75% of the world's leading companies, has enough covert political clout to directly influence the outcome of the likes of Presidential elections. Sigma helped some of the Nazi war criminals, including Nazi doctor Gerhard Lenz, evade capture.
Protagonists Hartman and Navarro meet and form an alliance, since both are being hunted by Sigma assassins. Through their concerted efforts, they discover; the founders, who are dead or dying, believe that Sigma should disband, as it had played its role in the world. That new leadership, an philanthropic doctor named Jürgen Lenz, son of Sigma founding member Gerhard Lenz, has decided on a new direction for the group, is determined to eliminate any internal opposition. Navarro is kidnapped by Lenz, Hartman tracks them to an old castle in the Austrian Alps. Infiltrating the castle, he discovers Sigma's new direction: age reversal. Lenz had found a way to reverse human aging based WW2 era experimentation on children with premature aging known as Progeria, he had been treating some of the world's elite to reverse their aging as well. Lenz was his own first successful experiment, for his real name is Gerhard - he is the Nazi doctor and a founding member of Sigma. After killing Lenz and Navarro escape in a helicopter, while the castle is destroyed by an avalanche.
The book is based on the Bilderberg Group and the myths and mysteries surrounding it
The Matlock Paper
The Matlock Paper is the third suspense novel by Robert Ludlum, in which a solitary protagonist comes face to face with a massive criminal conspiracy. Its protagonist, James Barbour Matlock, is an English professor in his 30s, recruited by the Department of Justice to investigate a drug smuggling ring, led by a mysterious figure named "Nimrod." The novel is set at the fictitious Carlyle University in Connecticut, a thinly disguised Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ludlum's alma mater
Neo-Nazism consists of post-World War II militant social or political movements seeking to revive and implement the ideology of Nazism. Neo-Nazis seek to employ their ideology to promote hatred and attack minorities, or in some cases to create a fascist political state, it is a global phenomenon, with organized representation in many countries and international networks. It borrows elements from Nazi doctrine, including ultranationalism, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Romanyism, anti-communism and initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler. In some European and Latin American countries, laws prohibit the expression of pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic, or homophobic views. Many Nazi-related symbols are banned in European countries in an effort to curtail neo-Nazism; the term neo-Nazism describes any post-World War II militant, social or political movements seeking to revive the ideology of Nazism in whole or in part.
The term neo-Nazism can refer to the ideology of these movements, which may borrow elements from Nazi doctrine, including ultranationalism, anti-communism, ableism, homophobia, anti-Romanyism, antisemitism, up to initiating the Fourth Reich. Holocaust denial is a common feature, as is the incorporation of Nazi symbols and admiration of Adolf Hitler. Neo-Nazism is considered a particular form of right-wing extremism. Neo-Nazi writers have posited a spiritual, esoteric doctrine of race, which moves beyond the Darwinian-inspired materialist scientific racism popular in the Anglosphere during the 20th century. Figures influential in the development of neo-Nazi racism, such as Miguel Serrano and Julius Evola, claim that the Hyperborean ancestors of the Aryans were in the distant past, far higher beings than their current state, having suffered from "involution" due to mixing with the "Telluric" peoples. Within this theory, if the "Aryans" are to return to the Golden Age of the distant past, they need to awaken the memory of the blood.
An extraterrestrial origin of the Hyperboreans is claimed. These theories draw influence from Tantrism, building on the work of the Ahnenerbe. Within this racist theory, Jews are held up as the antithesis of nobility and beauty. Neo-Nazism aligns itself with a blood and soil variation of environmentalism, which has themes in common with deep ecology, the organic movement and animal protectionism; this tendency, sometimes called "ecofascism", was represented in the original German National Socialism by Richard Walther Darré, the Reichsminister of Food from 1933 until 1942. Following the defeat of Nazi Germany, the political ideology of the ruling party, was in complete disarray; the final leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party was Martin Bormann. He died on 2 May 1945 during the Battle of Berlin, but the Soviet Union did not reveal his death to the rest of the world, his ultimate fate remained a mystery for many years. Conspiracy theories emerged about Hitler himself, that he had secretly survived the war and fled to South America or elsewhere.
The Allied Control Council dissolved the NSDAP on 10 October 1945, marking the end of "Old" National Socialism. A process of denazification began, the Nuremberg trials took place, where many major leaders and ideologues were condemned to death by October 1946, others committed suicide. In both the East and West, surviving ex-party members and military veterans assimilated to the new reality and had no interest in constructing a "neo-Nazism." However, during the 1949 elections a number of National Socialist advocates such as Fritz Rössler had infiltrated the national conservative Deutsche Rechtspartei, which had 5 members elected. Rössler and others left to found the more radical Socialist Reich Party under Otto Ernst Remer. At the onset of the Cold War, the SRP favoured the Soviet Union over the United States. In Austria national independence had been restored, the Verbotsgesetz 1947 explicitly criminalised the NSDAP and any attempt at restoration. West Germany adopted a similar law to target parties.
As a consequence some members of the nascent movement of German neo-Nazism joined the Deutsche Reichspartei of which Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most prominent figure. Younger members founded the Wiking-Jugend modeled after the Hitler Youth; the Deutsche Reichspartei stood for elections from 1953 until 1961 fetching around 1% of the vote each time. Rudel befriended French-born Savitri Devi, a proponent of Esoteric Nazism. In the 1950s she wrote a number of books, such as Pilgrimage, which concerns prominent Third Reich sites, The Lightning and the Sun, in which she claims that Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the God Vishnu, she was not alone in this reorientation of National Socialism towards its Thulean-roots. In the German Democratic Republic a former member of SA, Wilhelm Adam, founded the National Democratic Party of Germany, it reached out to those attracted by the Nazi Party before 1945 and provide them with a political outlet, so that they would not be tempted to support the far-right again or turn to the anti-communist Western Allies.
Stalin wanted to use them to create a new pro-Soviet and anti-West