Lessner, Erwin

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(1898-1959) Austrian journalist, soldier and author who escaped to the US from occupied Europe in 1941, becoming a naturalized US citizen in 1946. His telling Near Future Satire, Phantom Victory: The Fourth Reich 1945-1960 (1944), begins with the disappearance of the Fuehrer as his forces melt into the civilian background after Germany loses World War Two. Ten years later,a mysterious Messiah figure appears who calls himself the Supreme Shepherd, and presides over a Fourth Reich with the goal of conquering the world in the name of a resurgent Germany. With the aid of new, invincible Weapons, successful Invasions of the UK and America are mounted. The narrative closes in occupied New York, where it is confirmed that a mysterious background figure known as the Old Man of Kyffhäuser (the mountain under which the Emperor Barbarossa sleeps until his country needs him) is in fact Adolf Hitler victorious. Some of the scenes of organized pagan festivity hint at later treatments like Sarban's The Sound of his Horn (1952). [JC]

Major Erwin Christian Lessner

born Vienna, Austria: 1898

died New York: 24 December 1959



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