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    Atlantipedia will be wound down in 2023. After nearly twenty years compiling Atlantipedia on my own, and as I am now approaching my 80th birthday, I have decided to cut back on the time I dedicate to developing this website. An orderly conclusion rather than an enforced one is always preferable before the Grim Reaper […]Read More »
  • Joining The Dots

    Joining The Dots

    I have now published my new book, Joining The Dots, which offers a fresh look at the Atlantis mystery. I have addressed the critical questions of when, where and who, using Plato’s own words, tempered with some critical thinking and a modicum of common sense.Read More »

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Alexandre Bessmertny

Bessmertny, Alexandre

Alexandre Bessmertny (1888-1943) was born in St. Petersburg and later moved to Germany. In 1933, because of his Jewish background, he fled to France and afterward to Czechoslovakia where he was arrested by the Gestapo in 1939 and executed in Berlin in 1943.

In 1893, Bessmertny published a short review of August Knotel‘s Atlantis theories. An English translation is available here(a).

In the 1930’s he wrote about Atlantis in Das Atlantisrätsel and was published in German[176] and also in French, translated[175] by F. Gidon, who also added his own ideas to the text. Bessmertny discussed the various theories in vogue at that period,>an excerpt from which has been published by Atlantisforschung(b)(c).<

(a) Archive 7168 | ( 

(b) Atlantis = Amerika – (German)  *

(c)  Atlantis = America – ( (English) *


Knötel, August F.R.

August F.R. Knötel, a German geographer, was the author of a work in 1893 that placed Atlantis in Morocco and linked its priesthood with the religion of Thoth-Ouranos-Hermes. Jürgen Spanuth wrote that Knötel considered Plato’s dating involving thousands of years as ‘complete nonsense’ [017.26]. A facsimile of the German text[0628]+  can now be downloaded from the Internet.

Unfortunately, the book [0628]+ is printed with a gothic typeface that some, if not most, will find difficult to read.

>Alexandre Bessmertny published a short review of Knötel’s work in 1893; now available on the website, in German(a) . I have posted an English translation here for those interested(b).<

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(a) August F.R. Knötel: Atlantis und das Volk der Atlanten (1893) –  *

(b) Archive 7168 | ( *