Photos: Hex Hitler party, 1942

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From LIFE:
"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 1942 "hex party" convened with one aim in mind: "to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation." According to LIFE, the party, held six short weeks after Germany, Italy, and Japan declared war on the United States, 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.
Putting A Hex On Hitler, 1942


  1. Man, hipsters back then were so much more interesting than the ones we have today. Excellent stuff. Also, headline should of course read 1942, not ’41.

    1. In Philadelphia, the ‘Hipsters’ (NSFW) are essentially doing the same thing in the form of a life size paper mache Glenn Beck this Halloween Weekend.

      “Glenn is a master of disseminating misinformation, creating dissension, and overtly manipulating people’s fears in order to make consumer assets more docile for his corporate masters. We at the Video Circus see him and his work as a major asset in the study of subversive mind control. It’s only fitting that we sacrifice his likeness to the dark lords of the underworld”

  2. Shouldn’t that headline read Hex Hitler party, 1942 instead of 1941 since the so called “Hex party” occurred on January 22nd, 1942?

    Life magazine’s error not Boing, Boing.

  3. Too bad the effects weren’t felt for three and a half years. Imagine how different things would have been if the’d done this back in say 1934?

  4. I would shake my head more at this, if Hitler’s death didn’t more than slightly resemble the end of “Drag Me to Hell.”

  5. As usual, my gutter brain ended up reading the titel as “sex hitler party”. So i was expecting some kind of nazi-themed bsdm party…

  6. Well, you gotta admit it worked. Okay, sure, it took three years, the most massive military force ever assembled, millions of deaths, the destruction of much of Europe, the blood, toil, tears, and sweat of countless soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and civilians … but Hitler did, eventually, kick the proverbial bucket. And his death took place after this Hex Party. After! So, clearly, the hex was effective. Post hoc ergo propter hoc. You just can’t argue with that kind of logic.

  7. I believe it was the famous Evangelical Welsh Minister, Martyn Lloyd Jones, who organized a some sort of prayer team in Britain in WW2 with the specific object of bringing the WW2 to a successful end for the allies.

    They were at it for some time till one day (well before the end of the war) they felt quite good about things and confident enough to it quits!

    Evidently they had reached some satisfaction of spirit that they had “prayed it through”

  8. The article was in Life magazine February 10, 1941. I know this because I am looking at my copy in front of me.

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