"On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods." Thus begins one of the odder stories LIFE magazine ever published -- a straightforward, tongue-nowhere-near-cheek account of a 1941 "hex party" convened with one aim in mind: "to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation." According to LIFE, the party featured "a dressmaker's dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum," and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Putting The Hex On Hitler
This item seems appropriate for Halloween, even though the actual event occurred in January. Boing Boing pointed me to this example of how "LIFE" (both the magazine and the broader definition) in the 1940's could be full of unusual surprises. LIFE offers a narrative and photographic description of the interesting event below.