Thule Seminar

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Thule Seminar
founded in the year 1980
founder Wigbert Grabert, Marielouise Grabert, Hans-Günther Grimm, Hans-Michael Fiedler, Pierre Krebs
type of institution Think Tank
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Last revision 15.06.2017

The Thule-Seminar („Arbeitskreis für die Erforschung der europäischen Kultur e. V.“) was founded in 1980 in Kassel. Its name refers to the Thule Gesellschaft, a secret association founded in the last year of the First World War and directed against the Weimar Republic and social democracy; it was also anti-semitic. In its first publication in 1981 - a book criticising the notion of equality - Armin Mohler, Alain de Benoist, Guillaume Faye and Hans Jürgen Eysenck contributed chapters.

Organizational Structure and Funding


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.


People or legal entities that either support the Think Tank with their reputation or with their money.

Working mode, goals

The main publication of the Thule Seminar was called Elemente - following the example of Alain de Benoist's GRECE Eelements. The Thule Seminar has been close to the Grabert Verlag.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • German identity
  • European identity