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Henry Kissinger, BND Elements and Third Reich Veterans Contemplated the Overthrow Willy Brandt’s Government

Hans Globke, author of the Nuremburg Laws, gray eminence behind Konrad Adenauer

COMMENT: A recent Daily Mail story underscores the degree of networking that Henry Kissinger undertook in conjunction with Third Reich alumni (undoubtedly operating with approval of the Underground Reich.)

Displeased with former chancellor Willy Brandt’s “Ostpolitik,” Kissinger and his boss Richard Nixon colluded with SS officers, other Third Reich veterans and German aristocrats to explore the possibility of staging a coup against Brandt’s government. Worth noting in this regard is the fact that the milieu of the plotters in Germany itself was apparently assembled by Reinhard Gehlen, head of the BND during most of the postwar period. (Gehlen officially retired in 1968. He is not mentioned by name in the article below, but would almost certainly have been the “go-to” guy tabbed to martial willing Nazis for the undertaking at hand.)

As revealed in a Telegraph article about the plot, one of their co-conspirators was Hans Globke, the gray eminence behind Konrad Adenauer (see excerpt below.) Globke was experienced with coup plots against the German government, having been part of the Naumann coup attempt staged in 1953 and discussed in The New Germany and the Old Nazis. One wonders how many other Naumann coup veterans were involved with the “little service” that networked with Kissinger et al.

Note that German industrialists who previously supported Hitler financed the organization. This could not have been initiated without the go-ahead of Martin Bormann and his network.

For both Nixon and Kissinger, conspiring with Third Reich alumni was nothing new. Nixon was pivotal in assembling and nurturing the Nazi wing of the Republican Party, as discussed in (among other programs) FTR #465.

Kissinger helped to forge the Third Reich alumni into a guerrilla force to fight behind Soviet lines after World War II:

America’s Nazi Secret by John Lof­tus; Trine Day [SC]; 2010936158; p. 11

. . .Kissinger was recruited as a pro­fes­sional spy for Dulles shortly after the end of the war in Europe. Although there is no evi­dence that he per­son­ally recruited Nazis, Kissinger ran the intel­li­gence file room where records of Nazi recruit­ment were kept. He then trans­ferred to Har­vard where he spe­cial­ized in recruit­ing for­eign stu­dents for espi­onage. Later he worked for Dulles dur­ing the glory days of Office of Pol­icy Coor­di­na­tion (OPC). He was hired as a con­sul­tant for a pri­vate group known as Oper­a­tions Research Office, which planned to use for­mer Nazis as agents behind Russ­ian lines in the event of World War III. Men­tion of Kissinger’s clas­si­fied work was cen­sored from the orig­i­nal man­u­script of this book. . .

“Kissinger and the Secret Spy Network of Old Nazis and German Aristocrats ‘Who Plotted to Overthrow West German Government'” by Alan Hall; Daily Mail; 12/03/2012.

EXCERPT: A German academic has unearthed evidence showing former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once discussed a coup with disgruntled Nazis to overthrow the West German government in the 1970s.

Kissinger and Richard Nixon were aggrieved at the left-leaning government of the day’s burgeoning friendship with the hardline East German government. Kissinger became the contact man for a secret spy network made up of old Nazis and elite aristocrats aimed at torpedoing the plans formulated by Chancellor Willy Brandt.

By the end of 1970, Kissinger was offering the spies advice on how to deal with Brandt’s Social Democratic government. The group he became embroiled with was called ‘The Little Service’ and was formed by the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which was allied with Bavaria’s Christian Social Union.

One agent who visited Kissinger quoted him saying, ‘It might be possible to overthrow the current government, but it remains to be seen whether this would involve risks which could put a Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/ Christian Social Union (CSU) government in great difficulty. . . .

. . . . Brandt pursued a policy of engagement with the German Democratic Republic, convinced it was better to build bridges with the dictatorship to defuse Cold War tensions rather than always being at loggerheads. For the all-white, all male conservatives of the CDU, this was too much.

They wanted West Germany to face off against the Soviet-backed regime in the belief that isolation would make it crumble. It was out of this belief that its private spy organisation, made up of many former Gestapo and SS men as well as titled barons and counts, was formed.

Political scientist Stefanie Waske spent seven years researching letters from politicians from the Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union, and her results are to be published next year; potentially embarrassing timing for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who in November 2013 will seek re-election as CDU chancellor for the third time.

Waske approached Kissinger for comment but he refused, as did many of the noblemen who worked for the The Little Service which came into being in 1969 after the party lost its first general election since the postwar republic was formed in 1949.

Details of her research are published in the current edition of the German intellectual weekly Die Zeit. The catalyst for the spy group was Brandt’s decision to recognize post-WW2 borders dividing Germany and a pledge Brandt gave that his state would not use violence against the Communist one in the east.

Conservative MP Karl Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, who was the grandfather of the disgraced former defense minister who had to resign last year after it was discovered he cheated on his doctorate, held a meeting in the autumn of 1969 with former chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger and leading CDU and CSU politicians, the CSU being the Bavarian wing of the party.

‘They decided to form an information service for the opposition,’ said Waske. ‘It was a secret spy service.’ The former head of the BND, Germany’s [foreign] intelligence agency, was tapped and he offered up a ready-made web of informants across the globe in countries as far apart as the US, France and Saudi Arabia.

Hans Christoph von Stauffenberg, the cousin of the man who tried and failed to kill Hitler in the July 1944 bomb plot, was chosen to head the network. Casimir Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein, who would later only narrowly miss imprisonment for the CDU’s party donation scandal of a decade ago, was recruited to raise the hundreds of thousands of D-marks necessary to fund the network.

He collected from conservatives in industry, many of whom had previously supported Hitler, and who now viewed with suspicion the apparent coziness developing between Brandt and the Communists. The first act was to open a secret ‘back channel’ to Kissinger who was keen to know what the Soviets were up to at all times, including their puppets in East Berlin.

The treasurer of the group was Alfred Seidl, a former Nazi who acted as the chief defense lawyer for Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess.

‘In 1971 Brandt was talking about the administration of Berlin with Leonid Brezhnev in Yalta and Stauffenberg’s informants were delivering secret information to the conservatives who were discussing it with Kissinger,’ said Waske. The intelligence gleaned came from eavesdropping, intercepted mail, informers and telephone taps. . . .

“West Germany’s CDU Had Private Spy Service” by Matthew Day; The Telegraph; 12/03/2012.

EXCERPT: . . . Drawing on the ranks of former members of the German secret service, the network brought together such figures as Hans Globke, co-author of the Nuremberg laws . . .


2 comments for “Henry Kissinger, BND Elements and Third Reich Veterans Contemplated the Overthrow Willy Brandt’s Government”

  1. Munich 1972.

    Posted by GW | December 21, 2012, 5:29 am
  2. from Deutsche Welle 12/27/12 -The shredding of important files pertaining to far-right extremism has sparked outrage and shock, raising suspicions that incriminating information was covered up and that the perpetrators may even have been protected.
    But it’s not the first time it has happened. In the late 1990s, files on mass murderer Alois Brunner, a high-ranking SS officer, disappeared. The German intelligence service (BND) was said to have destroyed files containing conflicting information as to whether Brunner had worked for the BND at some point.
    Adolf Eichmann lived undercover in Argentina for several years.
    Brunner was a close aide and confidante of Adolf Eichmann who organized the Holocaust from his desk in Berlin. He was sentenced to death in 1961 in Jerusalem. Though the BND knew Eichmann’s location, he lived undetected in Argentina for several years.
    The BND is also believed to have protected war crimes criminal Klaus Barbie who was responsible for sending hundreds of Jews in France to their death. Just like Eichmann, Barbie went underground in South America. He even worked as an agent for the BND in the mid 1960s.

    Posted by kando | December 27, 2012, 9:21 am

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