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Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:40 PM

Newly disclosed CIA memo reveals U.S. concealed high-ranking Nazi's role in Holocaust so he could

serve as a Cold War asset

In the years following World War II, the United States and West Germany jointly worked to conceal a high-ranking Nazi official's role in deporting tens of thousands of Jews, newly disclosed intelligence records obtained by German public broadcaster ARD reveal, per The New York Times.

Franz Josef Huber led a large section of the Gestapo — Adolf Hitler's secret police — that stretched across Austria, and his forces worked closely with Adolf Eichmann on the coordination of the deportation of Jews to concentration and extermination camps. Eichmann, famously, was tried and executed in Israel in 1962 for his role in the Holocaust, but Huber dodged that fate, even though he was arrested by American forces in 1945. He was released in 1948 and continued to live out his days in Munich, seemingly avoiding responsibility altogether because he was seen as a potential Cold War asset.

The CIA, for example, believed he could help recruit agents in the Soviet bloc. As one memo from 1953 reads, the agency was "by no means unmindful of the dangers involved in playing around with a Gestapo general," but "we also believe, on the basis of the information now in our possession, that Huber might be profitably used by this organization." The West German intelligence service, the BND, gave him a cover story, and it took 20 years before the agency decided "they could no longer tolerate the connection," the Times writes.

While Huber's story may stand out because of his significant standing within the Third Reich, Prof. Shlomo Shpiro of Israel's Bar-Ilan University explained that "Western intelligence services struggled to recruit reliable anti-communist contacts," which meant they frequently ignored the backgrounds of potential assets. "Many former Nazis took advantage of the new communist threat to secure for themselves both immunity from war crimes prosecution and hefty salaries from U.S. and West German intelligence agencies," he said.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/newly-disclosed-cia-memo-reveals-160900621.html

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:43 PM

1. That was certainly a thing back then. German scientists who worked on America's nuke program...

...and later the space program — yeah, them too.

Welcome to the Cold War, kiddies.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:45 PM

4. SS veterans did a LOT of "wet work" for the CIA...

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:45 PM

2. Not the first time...

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/us/in-cold-war-us-spy-agencies-used-1000-nazis.html

And I'd suggest reading about SS Hauptsturmführer Klaus Barbie and the CIA hunt for "Che" Guevara.

WOW!!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:45 PM

3. jhc. yes we knew a lot of this was going on, but damn I hate being reminded of it.

more stains on our history than carters have pills.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 6, 2021, 08:55 PM

5. I remember reading about some summary executions performed in Virginia of German POWs

Not sure why the US would have brought back Germans to the US.

But perhaps when they weren't as "cooperative" as Herr Huber, they were rendered out of commission.

Real wars are nasty. So are all the ongoing ones the power-that-wannabe engage in.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 12:25 AM

6. Class supersedes patriotism...

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Mr. Establishment, for example.



The Real McCloy

THE CHAIRMAN: JOHN J. McCLOY; The Making of the American Establishment,
By Kai Bird (Simon & Schuster: $30; 800 pp.)


By ROBERT SHERRILL
APRIL 19, 1992 12 AM PT
SHERRILL IS CORPORATIONS CORRESPONDENT FOR THE NATION MAGAZINE

EXCERPT...

When McCloy took over as high commissioner of defeated Germany, he talked a tough line about crushing the many still- active Nazis. But he promptly turned to mush, permitting Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to fill his cabinet with notorious antisemites and Nazi war criminals (some of whom became McCloy’s personal friends). McCloy also vastly expanded the shameful programs begun before he got to Germany, of letting some of the worst war criminals off the hook.

He commuted two-thirds of the death sentences of mass murderers (such as the SS officer who personally executed 1,500 Jews) and radically reduced the prison sentences of doctors who had conducted experiments on death-camp inmates, of high-ranking Nazi Judges who had administered Gestapo justice, and of industrialists who had built the Nazi war machine.

McCloy freed some immediately, including Alfred Krupp, whose munitions factories had worked thousands of slave laborers to death. Krupp’s original sentence had included loss of all property; McCloy canceled that punishment and within a few years Krupp was again one of the richest industrialists in the world. Obviously McCloy’s obsequiousness toward money and power made him the wrong man to reform Nazi Germany. “Though he could understand the special culpability of the ‘big Nazis,’ ” Bird writes, “when it came to a wealthy and politically well-connected man like Krupp, he suspended his good judgment.”

As high commissioner, McCloy dabbled disastrously in the intelligence business, setting up a network of agents in Germany that included the likes of Klaus Barbie, who had shipped 78,000 French Jews to the gas chambers, and Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, who had been responsible for some of the “grisliest mass killings on the Eastern Front.” Not surprisingly, many of the intelligence operations carried out under McCloy were, says Bird, “fiascos.”

CONTINUES...

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1992-04-19-bk-588-story.html

Mr. McCloy was joined by another “Mr. Establishment” type with extensive ties to wealthy NAZI industrialists and anti-communist NAZI spy rings, former CIA Director Allen Dulles, in service on the Warren Commission. Coincidentally.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:25 AM

8. Kick

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 12:53 AM

7. Thank You for posting...K and R..

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