SS COLONEL OTTO SKORZENY’S “STRANGE RELATIONSHIP” ...
Here's a strange story that many people found and shared, and it may be a symbol of even deeper patterns. The story concerns SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny, often dubbed "Hitler's favorite commando." It was Skorzeny who in 1943 led a daring raid to rescue the imprisoned Benito Mussolini from a hotel perched atop a mountain. In 1945, Hitler selected him again for the important mission of keeping the puppet government of Admiral Miklos Horthy in power in Hungary. And, for those who have read my Saucers, Swastikas, and Psyops, it was Skorzeny who apparently saw some of the Nazis' most avant garde technology and who urged that it be used to wage a psychological guerilla war "behind enemy lines" - meaning against the Western Allies and presumably the Soviets - after the war. It was Skorzeny who, with other Nazis, made his way to Nationalist Spain after the war, and who established a variety of cells in that country centered on Barcelona and, yes, the German Geopolitical Center in Madrid, where he had his own offices in the same building as the American CIA branch in the country. And, lest we forget, it was Skorzeny who in part orchestrated the Nazi boots-on-the-ground for the CIA in the overthrow of King Farouk.
Skorzeny was thus, if nothing else, a "player" in the murky world of postwar and early Cold War espionage. Indeed, he was so much a player that it has now come out that Israel's Mossad also tapped into his "talent" from time to time:
It makes perfect sense for the Mossad to have recruited Skorzeny, for it would have given it some priceless intelligence concerning the state of postwar activities of what I have been calling "The Nazi International" or "The Fascist International," though like all such organizations, that intelligence, while valuable, would have been limited to what Skorzeny himself "needed to know." The Ha Aretz article cited above puts the whole relationship "country simple":
On September 11, 1962, a German scientist vanished. The basic facts were simple: Heinz Krug had been at his office, and he never came home.
The only other salient detail known to police in Munich was that Krug commuted to Cairo frequently. He was one of dozens of Nazi rocket experts who had been hired by Egypt to develop advanced weapons for that country.
We can now report — based on interviews with former Mossad officers and with Israelis who have access to the Mossad’s archived secrets from half a century ago — that Krug was murdered as part of an Israeli espionage plot to intimidate the German scientists working for Egypt.
Moreover, the most astounding revelation is the Mossad agent who fired the fatal gunshots: Otto Skorzeny, one of the Israeli spy agency’s most valuable assets, was a former lieutenant colonel in Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS and one of Adolf Hitler’s personal favorites among the party’s commando leaders. The Führer, in fact, awarded Skorzeny the army’s most prestigious medal, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, for leading the rescue operation that plucked his friend Benito Mussolini out from the hands of his captors.
But allow me some more high octane speculation here as to what this relationship might mean, if it is to be seen as a possible indicator of deeper delationships. In his crucially important book, Blowback, Christopher Simpson also outlines how various Zionist partisans and terrorists of the pre-war Hagannah organization were actually trained by the SS in secret camps in Germany to wage guerilla warfare on the British in the then Palestinian mandate. And Ben Hecht, the famous 1950s and 1960s American playwright and television screenplay author, published his equally crucial and sensational book Perfidy, documenting the infamous case of Dr. Rudolf Kastner. Kastner had been, in the postwar period to the mid 1950s, somewhat of a national hero in Israel, until a concentration camp survivor spotted him and accused him of treason. A trial ensued, and Kastner was convicted. His crime? Having aided Eichmann in rounding up his own fellow Jews in Hungary and shipping them off to Auschwitz where they were murdered. Kastner's trial was a crucial step in the apprehension of Eichmann by the Mossad, and his trial and execution in Israel.
So what's going on? Well, to put it country simple, and it's something I've mentioned often, geopolitics and "national necessity" and "hidden agendas" often make for very strange bedfellowsl Don Corleone will occasionally cut a deal with Don Bardzini, and, just as occasionally, shoot at him. That said, however, I also think this tells us much about the situation of intelligence services - and the Fascist International - in the postwar world: when things are too sticky for them to get their own hands dirty, they'll "place a contract" with Murder Incorporated to do the job, even if it includes a hit on one of its own employees, so to speak. The Mossad gets the satisfaction of a peculiarly ironic twist of having a Nazi execute another Nazi, and plausible deniability to boot. And Murder Incorporated now gets a rich source of contracts and a budding new relationship with the most unlikely of Allies. A decade later that relationship might have led to the secret atomic bomb collaboration between West Germany, South Africa, and Israel, a collaboration which I have also briefly reviewed in my books.
And as for Murder Incorporated, a little digging into that phenomenon will show its deep connections to corporations like Permindex, the CIA, the "world trade centers" that emerged in the postwar world, and, yes, once again, to that postwar Nazi International. What I am suggesting, in other words, is that this International was and is that Murder Incorporated, a kind of Blackshirts before Blackwater.
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