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FTR #44 ODESSA: Then and Now

Lis­ten now: One Seg­ment [1]

Well before the end of the Sec­ond World War, the SS (Hitler’s Elite Guard) had made elab­o­rate plans to “go under­ground” and sur­vive mil­i­tary defeat. These plans were suc­cess­ful­ly real­ized and gave rise to ODESSA, the post-World War II SS orga­ni­za­tion that has played a pro­found, lethal and large­ly unrec­og­nized role in mod­ern his­to­ry. This pro­gram: touch­es on the role of the ODESSA in the Eric Priebke case (Priebke was tried in 1997 for war crimes com­mit­ted in Italy dur­ing World War II); doc­u­ments the con­nec­tion between ODESSSA and Nazi wealth secret­ed in Swiss bank accounts dur­ing the war; con­nects ODESSA to Ger­man cor­po­ra­tions; exam­ines the role of a suc­ces­sor orga­ni­za­tion to ODESSA in the financ­ing “neo-Nazi” activ­i­ties around the world; ana­lyzes the sym­bi­ot­ic role between ele­ments of West­ern intel­li­gence and ODESSA; doc­u­ments con­nec­tions between ODESSA Nazis employed by West­ern Intel­li­gence and con­tem­po­rary fas­cist and Nazi groups in the Unit­ed States. (Record­ed on 2/16/97.)