It is with great distress that The Troth reads of the suicide of Dominique Venner in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, on May 21, 2013.
This was an act of both personal and political nature. Dominique Venner was a Paratroop veteran of the OAS Algeria. The Algerian crisis divided France between the elected De Gaulle, who had chosen to give back Algeria to the native Algerians, and the colonists and mutinying troops, who harboured the dream of a resurgent French Empire, post WWII. The veterans of that war struggled to find meaning with their personal experiences and losses. Dominique Venner found meaning in the pre-Christian identity of his European tribal ancestors. Similar to the Thulean movement of 1930’s Germany, Dominique's embrace of his pre-Christian religious and cultural heritage instilled in him a belief that the greatness of France was in its traditional values and racial identity. The influx of those of other backgrounds into France, and the alteration of the marriage laws to permit same-sex couples to marry were to him attacks on his vision of a French religious, cultural and racial identity.
The Troth is a registered religious not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the honouring of the Germanic gods. As an organization honouring the pre-Christian faith and culture of our Northern European ancestors, we understand the positive benefits of reconnecting to our cultural roots. We respect the right of all peoples to worship as their conscience dictates, but we respectfully disagree with Mr. Venner in his belief that people of any racial backgrounds or orientation cannot become a vital part of our culture and nations. The Troth’s understanding of our ancestral heritage has given us the belief that inclusion, rather than exclusion, has always been the foundation of our European heritage.
Mr. Venner’s death was on one level a political act, which, as a not-for-profit religious institution, The Troth has no position on. Mr. Venner’s death was also the loss of a husband and father and the death of a veteran. We ask that all peoples extend their support, whatever their political or religious affiliation, to the family at this time.
The Troth has always worked hard to extend help and direction to our own veterans in learning to use the teachings of our ancestors to incorporate the experience and trauma of military service into a healthy and life affirming context. We regret the loss of each of these wounded warriors, who were not able to integrate their experiences successfully.