Willkommen Nazis

The Holocaust in a Whole New Light

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau lectured yesterday at the National Archives about his new book The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men.

He became aware of the subject when a source told him that the US Justice Department had exhaustively investigated the issue culminating an a 600-page report–and then buried it.

He says Americans indulge in myths about Nazis and the post-war US, including that there were just a few of them and those were rocket scientists; that most were brought to justice or fled to Latin America.

A US visa was an earthly equivalent of a “ticket to heaven” yet they were largely withheld from surviving Jews while Nazis and Nazi collaborators, often from Eastern Europe, received them.

Most damning is that hardened senior Nazis came to America after being recruited by the CIA who knew full well their history yet ignored or sanitized it.

Lichtblau reports that CIA Director Allen Dulles sang the praises of Nazi General Karl Wolff who was involved in the “final solution” and other atrocities.

Wolff with Himmler at Mauthhausen

Wolff with Himmler at Mauthhausen

Here’s Herr Wolff at work:

“I notice with particular pleasure your report that for 14 days a train has been going daily with members of the chosen people to Treblinka…I’ve made contact with the participating agencies, so that a smooth implementation of the entire action is ensured.”

Dulles and others made the Nazis into little more than misunderstood boy scouts.

General George Patton, warrior sans morals,  despised Jews terming them “lower than Americans” and a “stinking mass.”

Unfortunately, Patton was in charge of displaced persons and therefore Jews were directly subject to his lack of humanity.

Patton

Patton

At one point President Truman commissioned a report on the treatment of Jews and wrote the following to General Eisenhower:

“As matters now stand, we appear to be treating the Jews as the Nazis treated them except that we do not exterminate them. They are in concentration camps in large numbers under our military guard instead of S.S. troops. One is led to wonder whether the German people, seeing this, are not supposing that we are following or at least condoning Nazi policy.”

It was, in fact, Patton’s policy to put Nazis in charge of Jews in the camps.

Otto Von Bolschwing

Otto Von Bolschwing

Otto Von Bolschwing

Bolschwing was a German SS officer who was recruited to work for the CIA.

He was a protege of the notorious Adolph Eichmann and said this about handling Jews:

“The most successful means of depriving the Jews of their sense of security is the wrath of the people that expresses itself in riots. Even though this method is illegal, it has, as shown by the ‘Kurfürstendamm Riot’, had enduring impact.”

The CIA lied about his Nazi past and he became a US citizen in 1959.

He died in California in 1982.

Perspectives

During questions an attendee suggested that Litchblau was perhaps being a tad unfair as the CIA was struggling with Stalin, the Iron-Curtain and the cold war.

Really?

This suggests that at no time is there ever a relative moral standard governing human conduct.

I wanted to ask him how he would feel if we caught “Jihadi John” and put him to work for the CIA; is he then eligible for citizenship and freedom in our country?

My guiding job takes me to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum regularly and usually with students.

Lichtblau changed not only how I think about the Holocaust but how I will introduce it to them.

The Nazis may have been the chief perpetrators but we are all covered in the filth and we tracked it right back here in the aftermath.

Such is the nature of genocide.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • Glenn says:

    Thank you Eric for bringing these facts out into the light for us. Those who perpetrated wars include some extraordinarily evil people who do what we the ones who benefit from the horror they inflict look away and accept by virtue of our silence.

  • Eric Lamar says:

    G- Thanks for taking the time to write.

    Eric

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