Jan Udo Holey (born March 22, 1967 in Dinkelsbühl), and often known by his pen name Jan van Helsing, is a controversial German author who embraces conspiracy theories involving subjects such as world domination plots by freemasons, Hitler's continuing survival in Antarctica following World War II, the structure of the earth as hollow, and others. His theories draw from sources such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The majority of his books, such as Die Kinder des neuen Jahrtausends. Mediale Kinder verändern die Welt (Children of the New Millennium, and how They Change the World) are non-political and deal exclusively with esoteric subjects.
He is also the founder of the online magazine secret.TV, which offers alternative perspectives of our reality, other than the "truths" spread by the mainstream media. He is known to promote often unpopular opinions, which are reasonable enough but are mostly ignored by the main mass media, in order to encourage people to stay more informed and not only get information from one source or perspective.
Holey was the middle child of a wealthy family. His mother called herself a clairvoyant, and his father wrote three books dealing with gnostic and esoteric subject matter. Holey claims to have attended schools in Crailsheim, Bammental (near Heidelberg), Cambridge (in the United Kingdom), and Munich.
Today, Holey runs his own publishing house, which publishes his own works as well as of others holding similar interests and viewpoints.
The Template:Interlanguage link multi (the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Baden-Württemberg) first referred to Holey in a 1996 report entitled "Rechtsextremistische Einflußnahme auf die Esoterikszene" (Right-Wing Extremist Influences on the Esoteric Scene).
Holey draws from many esoteric and conspiracy theories, many of which originate in the United States of America. His writings encompass such varied themes as Nostradamus, reincarnation, conspiracy theories regarding John F. Kennedy and Uwe Barschel's murders. According to his detractors, Holey's books are largely plagiarized from other sources, many of which are conspiracy theorists of questionable repute. The author believes he is banned as part of a larger conspiracy.
In Geheimgesellschaften, Holey combines science-fiction, esotericism, Nazi-mythology, ufology and "Zionist global domination" theories. He also employs The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as a source. He believes the Rothschilds head a Jewish conspiracy to rule the world and associates them with a mysterious cabal called the Illuminati, who plan a New World Order. Holey and his followers claim that they are not anti-semitic, but rather that they speak out against powerful Jewish interests in high finance and politics.
Books published under his pen name Jan van Helsing:
- Geheimgesellschaften und ihre Macht im 20. Jahrhundert, 1995, ISBN 3-89478-069-XErrore script
- Geheimgesellschaften 2 (das Interview), 1995, ISBN 3-89478-492-XErrore script
- Buch 3 – Der dritte Weltkrieg, 2005, ISBN 3-9805733-5-4Errore script
- Unternehmen Aldebaran, 1997, ISBN 3-89478-220-XErrore script
- Hände weg von diesem Buch, 2004, ISBN 3-9807106-8-8Errore script
- Wer hat Angst vor'm schwarzen Mann...?, 2005, ISBN 3-9807106-5-3Errore script
Books published under his real name Jan Udo Holey:
- Die Akte Jan van Helsing, ISBN 3-9805733-9-7Errore script
- Die innere Welt, ISBN 3-9805733-1-1Errore script
- Die Kinder des neuen Jahrtausend, 2005, ISBN 3-9807106-4-5Errore script
- ↑ Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz: Argumentationsmuster im rechtsextremistischen Antisemitismus. November 2005, p. 10f.
- ↑ "Prison avec sursis pour l'auteur d'un livre antisémite", Le Nouvel Observateur, February 9, 2008
- ↑ Van Helsing: Ideologischer Kern unverändert ("Van Helsing: Ideological core unchanged", article in a Swiss antiracist publication 1999)
- Jan Udo Holey's Website (German)
- Article debunking Geheimgesellschaften (Part 1) (German)
- Article debunking Geheimgesellschaften (Part 2) (German)