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AFA 3: Reinhard Gehlen & His Organization

Part 1 45:14 | Part 2 41:09 | Part 3 46:10 | Part 4 47:15
(Record­ed June 21, 1984)

The third pro­gram in the series focus­es on the piv­otal role Hitler’s top spy­mas­ter (Gen­er­al Rein­hard Gehlen) and his orga­ni­za­tion played in post-World War II his­to­ry. In charge of all intel­li­gence on the East­ern Front dur­ing the war, Gehlen’s orga­ni­za­tion was adopt­ed by U.S. intel­li­gence after the war and became, in turn, the CIA’s intel­li­gence eyes and ears on the Sovi­et Union and East­ern Europe, the de-fac­to NATO intel­li­gence orga­ni­za­tion and the intel­li­gence ser­vice of the Fed­er­al Repub­lic of Ger­many, the BND. In this capac­i­ty, Gehlen was able to exert a pro­found influ­ence on the course of world events.

Despite a pledge to his Amer­i­can spon­sors not to employ war crim­i­nals, from the first, Gehlen did not hes­i­tate to uti­lize some of the worst offend­ers. SS colonel Otto Sko­rzeny put his post-war ODESSA net­work of SS men to work for Gehlen as part of the lat­ter’s oper­a­tion. This broad­cast doc­u­ments Gehlen’s use of Sko­rzeny and a force com­posed large­ly of vet­er­ans of Hitler’s “Final Solu­tion” to train the Egypt­ian intel­li­gence ser­vice, hav­ing under­tak­en the mis­sion on behalf of the CIA.

Pro­gram high­lights include: Gehlen’s cen­tral role in the cre­ation of Radio Free Europe; Gehlen’s employ­ment of Eich­man’s supe­ri­or in the Final Solu­tion, Otto Von Bolschwing; the BND’s employ­ment of Eich­man­n’s deputy Alois Brun­ner; the appoint­ment of Von Bolschwing asso­ciate Helene Von Damm to serve as White House spe­cial­ist for Pres­i­den­tial per­son­nel; Sko­rzeny’s cre­ation and train­ing of the first Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups while serv­ing on the Gehlen-CIA mis­sion in Egypt in the 1950’s; Gehlen’s use of Adolph Eich­man in the Skorzeny/CIA/Gehlen mis­sion in Egypt; text of a rare inter­view with Gehlen, in which he demon­strat­ed his unre­con­struct­ed Nazi sym­pa­thies; Gehlen’s piv­otal role in the estab­lish­ment of Radio Free Europe; a his­to­ry of Gehlen oper­a­tive Hel­mut Stre­ich­er, a for­mer SS offi­cer, whose intel­li­gence activ­i­ties ranged from the East­ern Front in World War II to the Bay of Pigs inva­sion; Gehlen’s work as a min­is­ter in “the Evan­gel­i­cal Church,” fol­low­ing his alleged retire­ment from the BND (Ger­many’s intel­li­gence ser­vice and the final incar­na­tion of Gehlen’s Nazi spy out­fit.

Discussion

3 comments for “AFA 3: Reinhard Gehlen & His Organization”

  1. Almost 30 years have passed since then, and it’s still an excit­ing lis­ten­ing. Thanks!

    On a side-note, call­ing Russ­ian White move­ment “tzarist” is an over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of actu­al his­to­ry. Sim­ply put, the White =/= Impe­r­i­al. Many lead­ers of the Whites have par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Feb­ru­ary rev­o­lu­tion and forced Alex­ei’s abdi­ca­tion.
    The Whites, gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, were a com­bi­na­tion of great mul­ti­tude of groups, unit­ed only by their descent and a com­mon cause — oppos­ing the Reds. It does­n’t mean that there was­n’t any inter­nal strife between and among their var­i­ous fac­tions.
    Truth be told, most of the exiles who asso­ci­at­ed them­selves with the Whites, actu­al­ly sup­port­ed USSR in World War 2.

    Also I may be wrong, it seems like there’s a seri­ous mis­con­cep­tion about Impe­r­i­al Rus­sia in the West — just like about the USSR.

    Posted by Vitaly | April 24, 2013, 9:18 am
  2. http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/German-court-blocks-release-of-secret-Eichmann-files-318088

    Ger­man court blocks release of secret Eich­mann files
    By JPOST.COM STAFF
    28/06/2013

    Clas­si­fied doc­u­ments report­ed­ly reveal West Ger­many intel­li­gence knew Eich­mann was in Argenti­na as ear­ly as 1952.

    The Ger­man Fed­er­al Admin­is­tra­tive Court vetoed a bid to release clas­si­fied for­eign intel­li­gence doc­u­ments that would reveal west­ern spies knew where Nazi war crim­i­nal Adolf Eich­mann escaped to after World War II, British media report­ed on Fri­day.

    The doc­u­ments are also thought to con­tain details about Eich­man­n’s kid­nap­ping from Argenti­na by Israeli Mossad agents in 1960, as well as details about a pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion between Israel and West Ger­many to pull the oper­a­tion off, accord­ing to reports.

    Eich­mann was respon­si­ble for the Nazi exter­mi­na­tion pro­gram that killed six mil­lion Jews in the Holo­caust. He coor­di­nat­ed the depor­ta­tion of Jews from across Europe to the exter­mi­na­tion camps.

    After his abduc­tion to Israel, he was put on tri­al and found guilty of war crimes. He was sen­tenced to death and hanged in 1962 — the sole exe­cu­tion in the State of Israel’s his­to­ry.

    The court deter­mined the Ger­man for­eign intel­li­gence agency was with­in its rights to black out pas­sages from the doc­u­ments, that were request­ed by Ger­man dai­ly Bild. The rul­ing fol­lowed a deci­sion from last year in which the court ordered the Fed­er­al Intel­li­gence Ser­vice to release clas­si­fied doc­u­ments.

    Bild report­ed that West Ger­man intel­li­gence knew Eich­mann was in Argenti­na as ear­ly as 1952.

    The CIA wrote to its West Ger­man coun­ter­part in 1958 that it had infor­ma­tion that Eich­mann is report­ed to live in Argenti­na under the alias ‘Clemens’ since 1952, doc­u­ments released in 2006 revealed. Eich­man­n’s actu­al alias was Ricar­do Kle­ment.

    The Ger­man intel­li­gence ser­vice said in response to the request to release the doc­u­ments that most of the files on Eich­mann were already pub­lic and only a small por­tion is blacked out due to laws on “pro­tect­ing state secu­ri­ty inter­ests,” accord­ing to reports in the British media.

    Posted by Vanfield | June 28, 2013, 1:13 pm
  3. Anoth­er Clas­sic episode check out my take on the top­ic based on Christo­pher Simp­son’s book ” Blow­back” I’m read­ing Simp­son’s sci­ence of coer­cion right now inspired by the great inter­views you did with him. The mass media and acad­e­mia one big psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare oper­a­tion
    Nazis & the CIA
    http://anti-imperialist‑u.blogspot.com/2014/06/nazis-and-cia.html

    Posted by Hugo Turner | June 18, 2016, 2:48 pm

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