Savitri Devi Mukherjee (1905–1982) was a French-born Greek fascist, teacher, writer and Nazi sympathizer. In 1932, she converted to Hinduism and since then, became a fanatic who believed Adolf Hitler to be an incarnation of the Hindu God, Lord Vishnu. On 22 October 1982, he breathed his last at his friend’s home in Sibyl Headingham, Essex, UK, before he died of a heart attack.
Savitri Devi Mukherji was born as Maximiani Julia Portaz on Saturday, 30 September 1905 (Age 77 years; at the time of death) in Lyon, France. At birth, Maximine weighed only 930 grams and was not expected to survive. As a child, Savitri developed political views at an early age and supported animal rights until the time of her death. She graduated from a Catholic school in Lyon and received two master’s degrees in philosophy and chemistry from the University of Lyon in France. In 1928, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Liberal Arts from the same university in France. After graduating, she traveled to Greece, where she became acquainted with Heinrich Schliemann, a German archaeologist. She was fascinated by his discovery of the swastika in Anatolia. He concluded that the ancient Greeks were of Aryan origin. She became politically associated with Greek nationalism. When Maximine came to India, she learned Bengali at Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan ashram in Bengal, where she took the surname Savitri Devi at the suggestion of her students.
Hair Color: dark brown
Eye Colour: brown
parents and siblings
Maximiani Julia Portaz’s father, Maxime Portaz, was Greek-Italian. Maxine Portaz died on 24 February 1932 in Lyon, France, after suffering paralysis. His mother, Julia Portaz, was an Englishwoman of Italian descent. Julia died in Lyons on 25 March 1960.
husband and children
On 9 June 1939, Savitri married Asit Krishna Mukherjee, a Bengali Brahmin in Calcutta who hailed from Narayanganj in East Bengal. Asit marries Savitri to save her from being banished. Asit published several pro-Axis journals and worked as an editor for the pro-German newspaper New Mercury. After The New Mercury was closed by the British government, Mukherjee became the publisher of The Eastern Economist, an Indian business weekly, from 1938 to 1941 in collaboration with the Japanese giant. He used his connections with Subhash Chandra Bose, an Indian nationalist, and Japanese officials to put them in touch with each other, thus encouraging the formation of the Indian National Army. Later, Asit became a fortune telling astrologer who published his wife’s books. On 21 March 1977, Asit Krishna Mukherjee died and was survived by Savitri Devi Mukherjee, who moved to New Delhi to live on her deceased husband’s pension.
Savitri’s sexuality has been the subject of some speculation. During her imprisonment in 1962, she grew close to Françoise Dior, a former Belsen wardress who had been condemned as a war criminal, and also the niece of fashion designer Christian Ernest Dior. Francois Dior claimed to be Savitri’s lover.
Since she was born in France in 1905, Savitri had French citizenship, which she renounced in 1928. Also in 1928, he got the citizenship of Greece and held it till his death (1982).
religious point of view
Maximiani religiously followed Hinduism and Nazism. In 1932, she converted to Hinduism.
adopting nazi ideology
In 1929, Savitri went on a pilgrimage to Palestine, during which she witnessed the riots in Palestine and sympathized with the Nazis. Later, he decided to become a Nazi, which he did. In 1948, Savitri somehow managed to enter Allied-occupied Germany. In 1962, Savitri was among other members who were arrested for distributing thousands of pro-Nazi leaflets which read,
“One day we will rise and win again! Hope and wait! Hail Hitler!
Years later, she admitted that she was happy to be arrested by the British occupation authorities because Savitar’s arrest brought her closer to other imprisoned Nazi accomplices.
Paganism and the Discovery of Aryan Culture – Travels to India
In 1932, he traveled to India in search of Paganism. She strongly believed that India best represented racial isolation as she yearned to learn more about Aryan culture. She soon changed her name to Savitri Devi and volunteered to work as an advocate against Judaism and Christianity, which she considered anti-Aryan. In the 1930s, while Savitri was in Kolkata, she worked for the Hindu nationalist movement, which served as the center of all Hindu nationalist campaigns and missionary activities. Along with her husband Asit, she spread pro-Axis propaganda and engaged in intelligence gathering on the British in India. She was associated with various Hindu groups including the Hindu Mahasabha and the RSS. During World War II, along with her husband, she helped Subhash Chandra Bose, leader of the Axis-allied Indian National Army, to contact representatives of the Empire of Japan. During this, Savitri offered her services to Swami Satyananda, the director of the Hindu Mission. He allowed Savitri to mix Nazi propaganda with his talks on Hindu identity and he gave lectures in Hindi and Bengali, in which he talked about Aryan values and was inspired by the autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf by Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler. Correlated with quotes. Hitler. During her stay in India, she lived in several cities such as Madras, Calcutta, Delhi, Jalandhar and Pondicherry.
neo-nazi animal rights activist
Savitri, despite having strong convictions against anti-Aryans, always believed that humans were not above animals. In 1959, he wrote a book titled ‘The Impeachment of Man’, based on animal rights, in which he presented his ecological views on respecting animals and nature and executing those who disrespect them. He firmly believed that vivisection, circuses, slaughter and the fur industry among others did not belong in a civilized society.
Adolf Hitler – an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu
In 1915, at the age of 10, he wrote ‘A bas les allées! Vive l’Allemagne! (‘Down with the Allies! Long live Germany!’) with chalk on a wall at the Gare des Brotteux in Lyons. She became fascinated with the growing Nazi party in Germany. In 1958, he wrote a book titled ‘The Lightning and the Sun’, in which he considered Adolf Hitler to be the greatest European of all time and claimed that Adolf Hitler was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, sent to prepare the world . To mark the end of the Kaliyuga (“Age of Darkness”), which according to Hindu scriptures is the last of the yuga cycle.
In 1935, he wrote his first French-language book titled ‘Essai Critique sur Théophile Kyris’, which was also his first doctoral thesis on the life and thoughts of the Greek teacher and philosopher Theophilos Kyris. His second book was also his doctoral dissertation titled La Simplicité Mathematique. He wrote ‘A Warning to the Hindus’ (1936), ‘The Non-Hindu Indians and Indian Unity’ (1940) and ‘Long-Whiskers and the Two-Legged Goddess or the True Story of a’, among many others. The Most Objectionable Nazi” and … Half a Dozen Cats’ (1965).
By the 1970s, Savitri had developed cataracts, which were affecting her vision. In 1981, she decided to move to Bavaria in Germany; However, his stay in Germany was cut short after he returned to France the following year. On 22 October 1982, Savitri died at Sibble Headingham, Essex, UK, at the age of 77, after suffering a heart attack and coronary thrombosis. His ashes were taken to the ‘Nazi Hall of Honor’ and placed next to American-Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell at the headquarters of the American Nazi Party in Arlington, Virginia.
Facts / Trivia
- Her name was also spelled Maximiani Julia Portas.
- From an early age, she hated all forms of egalitarianism, which is a doctrine of treating all individuals as equal without distinction due to gender, economic status, and other factors. In 1978, during an interview, talking to Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel about her beliefs, Savitri said,
A beautiful girl does not equal an ugly girl.
- From childhood and throughout her life Savitri led a pure vegetarian life.
- When Savitri was living in Delhi, she lived in a flat on top of a dustbin and used to feed stray cats. Although she loved all animals, she was fond of cats. Savitri got her first cat when she was two years old. Later, he had several cats. She had a black cat named Black Velvet, a cat named Long-Whiskers, and yet another named Miu, just to name a few.
- In 1994, he spent two nights at Mount Hekla, Iceland, and witnessed a volcanic eruption. In one of his books, talking about his experience in Iceland, he wrote,
The basic sound of creation is ‘Om’. The volcano says every two or three seconds, ‘Om! Om! Om!’ And the earth trembles under your feet all the time.
- Savitri’s parents taught her French and English languages. As she grew up, she taught herself the Modern Greek and Ancient Greek languages. Later, she became fluent in a total of eight languages including Italian, German, Icelandic, Hindi and Bengali. She was also conversant with the knowledge of about twenty other languages such as Urdu and other Indian languages.
- On 8 August 1962, Savitri Devi was banned from Britain after volunteering at the Cotswold Founding Camp of the WUNS.
- Savitri Devi did not like that people called her only by the name “Devi”. On 13 May 1979, she wrote a letter to Martin Kerr, an American neo-Nazi, in which she explained to him what her name meant and what she wanted to be called.