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AFA 2: Looking Back From 1984

The Hidden History of the Cold War, Part Two
Part 2a [1] 47:19 | Part 2b [2] 44:37 | Part 2c [3] 44:45 | Part 2d [4] 44:41 | Part 2e [5] 44:43| Part 2f [6] 44:42
(Recorded May 23, 1984)

Picking up where part one left off, this program begins with an examination of the role of SS veterans in the formation of the Green Berets. Formed initially under the auspices of the CIA, the Green Berets grew under the CIA stewardship of SS Brigadier General Franz Alfred Six, SS Colonel Emil Augsburg (like Six, a veteran of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to the “Jewish Problem”) and Michael Achmeteli, a White Russian and Nazi collaborator who worked closely with the SS and was viewed as an expert on the former Soviet Union. The Green Berets were formed against the background of the guerilla warfare that raged in Eastern Europe and the former U.S.S.R. for years after the formal conclusion of World War II. (See AFA-1 for more details.)

The program then highlights the deliberate sabotaging of the de-Nazification of Germany after the war. Derailed by political and economic forces sympathetic to fascism, many of which had enthusiastically supported Hitler and Mussolini before the war, this failure resulted in the return to power of the same industrialists and financiers who had supported Hitler. Even more importantly, Nazis and Nazi collaborators were put right back in positions of political power in Germany, where they pursued a policy of restoring Germany’s “lost territories,” including parts of Poland, the Czech Republic and the former Soviet Union.

The program also focuses on: the Nazi antecedents of Interpol (the international police organization); the role of Herbert Hoover in helping to foil de-Nazification of German industry at the end of World War II; the Nazi sympathies of Whittaker Chambers (the principal accuser of Alger Hiss); Senator Joe McCarthy’s persecution of American P.O.W.’s who survived a Nazi massacre at the Battle of the Bulge; Joe McCarthy’s prominent, pro-Nazi political backers; the role of Richard Nixon in blocking a congressional move to breakup of I.G. Farben (the Nazi chemical giant); Nixon’s sponsorship of a prominent Rumanian war criminal’s residence in the United States and Nixon’s invitation to another Rumanian Iron Guard butcher to give the opening prayer before the U.S. Senate in 1955.