Jürgen Rieger, 1946 — 2009
“We must awaken the powers of our race: The white giants are coming!” – Jürgen Rieger
Odinists often say that politics must not be brought into Odinism. Instead, Odinist values must be inserted into politics. With Jürgen Rieger some people found it hard to tell which way the flow went. But while his legal and political careers were interesting enough, I only knew him in an Odinist context.
While it’s true that Jürgen joined and donated large amounts of money to the right-wing political party, the NPD, this was not until 2006. At that time he had been leading Artgemeinschaft, Germany’s main Odinist/Asatru organisation, for seventeen years. Before that — in fact in 1972 — he had formed the heathen organisation Nordische Ring. Odinism was his first and abiding loyalty, as can be seen from the banner at his funeral, shown in the photo below, which is decorated with the Artgemeinschaft’s stylised Irminsul.
The Artgemeinschaft organisation had been founded in the 1950s by Wilhelm Kusserow and others. From 1989 until his death it was led by Jürgen Rieger. Under his guidance it described itself as “Asatru” and a “faith community for people of Nordic-Germanic type”. Only those of northern European stock were allowed to join.
Under Jürgen’s leadership the Artgemeinschaft encouraged its members to have their own interpretations of the gods, but they were expected to be firm in their support of the laws of nature. The Artgemeinschaft insisted on “courage to the death against any enemy of our family, clan, country, folk, Germanic nature and Germanic faith”.
And Jürgen meant what he said. In 2003 he registered the image below as the patented trademark of the Artgemeinschaft. It depicts an eagle (the form adopted by Odin when he acquired the mead of poetry) ripping with its claws the ichthys symbol or “Jesus fish”. Many people use this patented image today, but few have the sheer Odinic energy that drove Jürgen Rieger in his fight to restore our ancient values.
He was an indefatigable writer, starting in his teens in publications of the Northern League and others. For many years he was on the editorial board of Neue Anthropologie, an academic journal similar to The Mankind Quarterly.
These were almost leisure activities, given the relentless activism of his helter-skelter legal career. But even then the man was driven by a still higher moral purpose. He wished to carry on where the poems Rígsþula, Völuspá and Vafðruðnismál leave off — by helping to create a higher breed of humanity. (Odinism and evolution is discussed elsewhere on this site.)
To this end he acquired a large amount of money and began a series of property purchases. I never knew the details of most of these transactions, but a hostile internet article claimed: “Around a dozen large house purchases are known. He has not only farmhouses and a half-timbered house in Schleswig-Holstein, but also a castle-like property in Sweden, a former military site, several houses and a cinema complex in Lower Saxony, a former hotel in Thuringia and a multi-family house in Hamburg-Harburg.”
The property that I experienced was the Swedish estate at Sveneby. This was bought in 1995 in the name of Jürgen’s “Wilhelm Tietjen Foundation”, a fertility research company which he ran in conjunction with Mathilde. Hostile reports said the estate came to about 650 hectares, and it certainly seemed that big to me. I believe Jürgen paid about £700,000 for it, which was then returned to him for over seven years by annual EU grants for sustainable agriculture.
At this time various factors were coming together so as to favour Jürgen’s quest to improve human quality.
First, surrogate motherhood was illegal in Germany but entirely lawful in England. That’s why the Tietjen Foundation was registered in London rather than Germany.
Second, there was already a lucrative market among foreign women for Swedish donated sperm. At that time quite a few Swedish university students were financing house purchases by this means. Jürgen was fluent in Swedish, so he was well placed to utilise this trend.
Third, the laws changed in Britain (and I think other major countries) to allow the children of sperm donors to track down their fathers once they reached adulthood. But many British donors who were keenly interested in passing on their good genes had no desire to be contacted, so they were happy to co-operate with a fertility foundation based outside of UK territory.
As I implied earlier, Jürgen Rieger’s energy was phenomenal. While working night and day on his life-task, he was also legally defending up to dozens of people at any one time, and organising for the NPD, and fighting the German government for the rights of ordinary Germans, and enjoying his family life. He seemed inexhaustible. He had no health issues that I know of.
Then in 2009 he died suddenly, of a stroke. It may have been genuine, but some of his friends and family believe he was murdered, as with Pim Fortuyn and Jörg Haider. Whatever the truth about his death, and whatever else he may have been in life, Jürgen Rieger was a tireless heathen.
This article was first published in Renewal, Volume 20 Number 3, December 2013. Nine years’ worth of earlier editions of Renewal are available here.