The Secret of Otto Rahn - Relic Hunter

The nineteen thirties, Nazi Germany. Organisations like the Nordische Gesellschaft and the Thule Gesellschaft were researching the origin of the Germanic people, the Arian race. Obsessed with the ancient cultures which connected their ancestors, they searched all corners of the earth trying to find relics and remains of these old civilizations. Relic hunter Otto Rahn seached for the Grail treasure. Here, in Occitania.

Rahn visited Occita-nia many times and stayed for months at the time during 1929 - 1932. In '32 he leased a hotel called 'Les Maronniers' in Ussat-les-Bains. On the photo we see him entertaining his mother in the garden of the hotel. He is wearing a sweater which his mum nitted for him, showing the symbol of the Thule Gesell-schaft of which he was a member. When the hotel went bankrupt, he had to leave France.

In 1933 he published his first book: 'Crusade against the Grail' and became famous in Germany. After 1933, however, his life is full of enigmas and speculation. He entered the dark world of the Nazi's. However, he joined the SS only to be able to continue his research on a monthly income. But where did he go? What did he do? Why did he climb in rank so fast? Did he actually find something of value in the mountains of Occitania? One thing is certain. There is something fishy about his death in 1939 in the mountains in Tirol...

After exploring the mystery of Rennes-le-Château and the life and times of Otto Rahn, I have written a thriller book called "White Lie" under the nom de plum of Jeanne D'Août to share my research. For more info, visit
IMDb Jeanne D'Août page


On February 23rd, 2013, I was interviewed on a live TV talk show in Las Vegas about my novel White Lie, and the secrets of Occitania. To see the interview, click here.

In May, 2012, I was interviewed for a UK documentary about the life and times of Otto Rahn, a German researcher on a Grail quest, who lived in the 1930-ies. He had stumbled upon the forgotten Cathar tragedy during his visits to Occitania, where he wrote most of his book: "Crusade Against the Grail". The documentary was aired on the Yesterday Channel.

With filmmaker Richard Stanley
(Otto Rahn documentary The Secret Glory)
in one of Rahn's favourite Sabarthès caves.