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US Intelligence and the Nazis

Shanet Clark

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US Intelligence and the Nazis

By Richard Breitman, Norman JW Goda, Timothy Naftali and Robert Wolfe.

National Archives Trust Fund Board for the

Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records

Interagency Working Group (IWG)


2nd Edition 2005 Cambridge University Press

477 pages (2nd ed., 495 pages)

Illustrations, bibliography and Index ($24.95 paperback, $70 hardback)


The Holocaust, West German post war Intelligence and Operation Paperclip

examined via recently released classified records. In January 1999 President

Clinton signed Executive Order 13110 creating the National Archives special

Interagency Working Group and this is the final report by the key IWG historians.

My copy of the DIPLOMATIC HISTORY April 2006 book review mentions:

Operation Paperclip, Karl Marcus, Walter Schellenberg, Hans Wilhelm Eggen,

Ante Pavelik, USTASA, Father Dragonovich, the RATLINE, John Ardzej, Andija Artulovik,

Laszlo Agh, Wilhelm Hottl, Reinhard Gehlen, Otto Skorzeny, THE RED ORCHESTRA,

Operation SUNRISE, Eugen Dollman, Adolph Eichmann and the Fremde Heer Ost (FHO).


PS (a number of Amazon dealers carry this title .........

for around $12

and the WIG

authors have a number of interesting books on the subject at Amazon as well..................)

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Thanks for that Shanet.

Buying it now, as well as this one:

Unholy Trinity: The Vatican, The Nazis, & The Swiss Banks

From Library Journal

Aarons and Loftus make a valiant effort to untangle the complex trails of diplomatic and intelligence operations in postwar Europe, focusing on Vatican participation. They document the Vatican role in British and American smuggling of Nazis to Latin America and in sending Nazi "Freedom Fighters" to Eastern Europe, noting the key role of Giovanni Montini (later Pope Paul VI). The authors conclude that Western intelligence was heavily infiltrated by double agents who harnessed many operations to Moscow's ends. Though perhaps less startling to historians than the authors suggest, this deliberately provocative account will undoubtedly stir up controversy. Buy it if you have interested patrons.

- Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington

Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Head-spinning documentation of how Vatican immunity shielded Nazi war criminals from just punishment--and unwittingly aided the Communist cause. Aarons is an Australian expert on Nazi fugitives; Loftus (The Belarus Secret, 1982) is the former chief prosecutor of the Justice Department's Nazi War Crimes Unit. Vatican accommodation of Nazi escapees is well known. Less known is that by 1944 Soviet intelligence had penetrated German intelligence and was using the Vatican, which was smuggling tens of thousands of Nazis to Argentina and elsewhere via diplomatic immunity, to infiltrate the Nazi escapees with large cadres of Communist spies. Similarly, Red spies joined the German scientists being swept off to Britain and America immediately after the war (without standing trial for war crimes); thereafter, the Soviets were privy to atomic secrets firsthand. Much of this activity, according to the authors, sprang from an episode in which Papal Nuncio Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) was attacked by Communists in Munich on May Day 1919 and became a fervent, lifelong anti-Communist. Thus came about his ties with the Nazis, who during the Nazi occupation of Italy threatened the Vatican's very survival. Referring to the infiltration of British intelligence at its top levels by Soviet spies, Aarons and Loftus proclaim that ``behind the Nazis were the Vatican, behind the Vatican were the British, behind the British were the Communists.'' One old spy, though, told the authors, ``Forget the Communists. Trace the money.'' Doing this, they report briefly--perhaps as a teaser for their promised follow-up book--on clever international banking concerns outwitting WW II politicians, militarists, and intelligence services for their own aggrandizement. Much that is new, all of it disturbing. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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