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FTR #125 Interview with Peter Manning

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After receiving an off-air call from Peter Manning, the son of Paul Manning, author of the landmark text Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile [3], Mr. Emory conducted a spontaneous, off-the-cuff interview.

The interview concerned the remarkable and deadly Bormann flight capital organization (the main economic and political component of a Third Reich gone underground) and Paul Manning’s work in documenting that organization in his text (originally published in hard cover by Lyle Stuart, copyright 1981. There is a new cloth-cover edition available from the Carol publishing group.)

A member of the CBS radio news team that covered World War II in Europe, along with Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Manning diligently began researching the Bormann flight capital organization that spirited the Third Reich’s capital out of Europe for later use in the German “economic miracle” of the post-war years. The focal point of “Operation Safehaven”, an abortive allied intelligence operation aimed at interdicting the flight capital program, the Bormann group dominates the corporate economy of Germany and the European Union.

The Bormann Organization may prove to be the decisive element in human affairs world wide. In the interview, Peter Manning echoes the analysis of the political and historical importance of the Bormann Organization. Peter endorses Emory’s stated view that the Third Reich is as real in the late 1990s as it was during World War II, that it will prove triumphant (barring decisive intervention) and that whenever one sees a major German corporation, one sees the Third Reich.

Of particular interest is Peter’s moving account of the troubles his father and the family experienced as a result of his father’s work on the book.

In addition to surveillance and harassment, the family experienced economic hardship as a result of the deliberate eclipsing of the book by elements hostile to its message.

Jerry Manning, Peter’s brother, was murdered, and Paul Manning believed the killing was in retaliation for the publishing of the book. The head of Lyle Stuart had his legs broken the week the book was released and Paul believed that also was punitive action by the Bormann group.

Other highlights include: Paul’s belief that the Bormann Organization had infiltrated the CIA without the CIA’s knowledge; Paul’s belief that the Bormann Organization was behind the assassination of President Kennedy; and Peter’s ruminations on the effect of the advent of television on journalism in general and his father’s career in particular.