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After garnering great domestic and international prestige during his long tenure in office, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is the focal point of a huge (and growing) group of interlocking financial scandals. These scandals have irrevocably tainted Kohl’s political image and that of the party he led, the CDU. This broadcast highlights some of the critical aspects of the scandals, focusing on international financial machinations, connections of key players to intelligence agencies and (apparently) the “Underground Reich”.
There are several indications of a cover-up, including overt stonewalling by Kohl (who had to resign his position as head of the CDU because of his unwillingness to talk), the disappearance of key documents and the apparent suicide of a key CDU financial officer for the state of Hesse. Much of the investigation centers on large sums of money crossing international borders and ending up in secret bank accounts and/or corporate fronts in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Paraguay and Germany. The key players have well documented connections to French and German intelligence agencies. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the remarkable and deadly Bormann organization may well be behind the scandal.
One possible result of the political fallout from the scandal may be the discrediting of the post-war constitutional democracy and the resultant rise of fascist political parties in Germany. Program highlights include: the role of the Thyssen heavy industrial firm in several aspects of the scandals (Thyssen is a central element of the Bormann group); the pivotal influence of German financial manipulator Karlheinz Schreiber in the various machinations at the heart of the scandals; Schreiber’s connections to Bavarian rightist Franz Josef Strauss; Strauss’s connections to the Bormann group and the Underground Reich; a comparison of Schreiber to P-2 lodge head Licio Gelli; the mysterious sale of a former East German refinery to the French Elf-Aquitaine petroleum company
(Recorded on 2/13/2000.)