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FTR #125 Interview with Peter Manning

Lis­ten: Side 1 [1] | Side 2 [2]

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.