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US report admits CIA harboured Nazis

The Local · 14 Nov 2010, 09:07

Published: 14 Nov 2010 09:07 GMT+01:00

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The newspaper said the 600-page report it had obtained described decades of clashes with other nations over war criminals held in the United States and abroad.

The report cites help that CIA officials provided in 1954 to Otto von Bolschwing, an associate of Adolf Eichmann.

Bolschwing, who had helped develop the initial plans "to purge Germany of the Jews", later worked for the CIA in the United States, according to the report.

In a series of memos, Central Intelligence Agency officials debated what to do if von Bolschwing were confronted about his past - whether to deny any Nazi affiliation or "explain it away on the basis of extenuating circumstances," the paper noted.

After learning of von Bolschwing’s Nazi ties, the Justice Department sought to deport him in 1981, but he died that year at age 72, The Times pointed out.

The report also details the case of Arthur Rudolph, a Nazi scientist who ran the Mittelwerk munitions factory in Germany.

He was brought to the United States in 1945 for his rocket-making expertise under "Operation Paperclip," a US programme that recruited scientists who had worked in Nazi Germany.

Rudolph has been honoured by NASA and is credited as the father of the US Saturn V rocket.

The report cites a 1949 memo from the Justice Department, urging immigration officers to let Rudolph back in the country after a stay in Mexico, saying that a failure to do so "would be to the detriment of the national interest.”

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The Justice Department has resisted making the report public since 2006.

The Times and other organisations were eventually given the paper under the threat of a lawsuit.


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13:03 November 14, 2010 by storymann
Ofcourse ,Nasa,,Wernher von Braun,put the USA on the moon,couldn't have done it with out him...
16:25 November 14, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
This is not news.
19:21 November 14, 2010 by wxman
Same thing with the Soviets. The joke always was, "OUR German scientists are better than YOUR German scientists!"
05:22 November 15, 2010 by wood artist
While some specifics of this report might be "new" the concept is certainly not. Despite the non-frat rules and the Fragenbogen process, the Americans looked the other way when it was handy to do so. You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to get a free pass.

06:14 November 15, 2010 by Drewsky
This has all been common knowledge in the U.S. since I was a kid; and I was born in the 50s !
16:17 November 15, 2010 by William Thirteen
that's what the apollo program was all about. to make contact with the top secret nazi moon base!
03:57 November 16, 2010 by DOZ
The word "Nazi", is a favourite among Canadian Politicians from all levels and they use it often as a way of getting votes. Right Harper. And hats off to von Braun.
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