>Of course these are also wiped from the Internet including any meaningful Info about the Author. Very strange case.
It's not a strange thing for books about the occult from the German Reich to not be on the internet beyond antiquities that are being sold or links to national libraries that still hold a copy. The topic doesn't have a high level of respect among German book conservators and German academia and bureaucracy has a high level of technophobia. Germany has invented many technologies, but these people had to be dragged into the computer and Internet age kicking and screaming. It's only around 2010 that most German Libraries seriously started to scan their rare and historic books and offer them to the public and they haven't touched the occult.
I know some of the books the Atlantic article talks about, because I got them once off booklooker.de for fun and a Call of Cthulhu campaign that never happened. The full German title of "The Dead Are Alive" is actually:
Die Toten leben! : Ein Trostwort für Leidtragende. Kurzgefaßte gemeinverständliche Einführung in das Gebiet des Okkultismus ; Hypnotismus, Somnambulismus , Spiritismus und Theosophie ; Die Erscheinungen des Mediumismus. Die Wahrheit über die Freimaurerei ; Okkultismus und Christentum.
Notice how they took out " Ein Trostwort für Leidtragende"(A word of comfort for mourners) out of the translation for the book.
Also interestingly, the Atlantic article caused "Magic: History, Theory, Practice" by Ernst Schertel to be reprinted in 2009, together with the stuff Hitler allegedly highlighted and you can find it on Amazon. I am almost tempted to get that copy and an German original only to see how much they changed.
>Can any krauts attest as to whether or not he's this confusing in the original German?
People around Nietzsche times had a higher educational level than what most people have today even in Germany, so he can be difficult to read even for Germans. Like the Anons below your post already wrote start with the Greeks, because people like Nietzsche read all of that stuff already when they were in High school. He also grew up at a time when Germany still had an aristocracy and had a strong divide between social classes. So he is from an alien world if you don't know the Wilhelmine Period of Germany.
On top of that Nietzsche and his famous contemporaries were the last generation of true German philosophy and literature nerds, followers of a movement that had it's origin all the way back in the Baroque period. These people were addicted to book like today's youth is addicted to the internet and porn. They went through several books a month, while writing dozen of letters to friends, news papers and literature/philosophy organization, going to book clubs and seminars etc. If you start with Nietzsche it is no wonder that you are confused, because it is the equivalent of reading some anons rambling about his favorite gaming series when you have never picked up a video game before.