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“The City of Elevation” Comes into View Once Again: Muslim Brotherhood Moves Headquarters to Graz, Austria

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The Rat­line

COMMENT: An inter­est­ing devel­op­ment con­cerns the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s relo­ca­tion of their head­quar­ters to Graz, Aus­tria and three oth­er unnamed Euro­pean cities.

Graz was a city that enjoyed Hitler’s favor and was also an epi­cen­ter for post­war Under­ground Reich activ­i­ty. Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lynch­pin and appar­ent for­mer Third Reich intel­li­gence agent Youssef Nada resided there in the 1960’s, as did a num­ber of oth­er Broth­er­hood activists.

In FTR#504, we took a look at the Vatican’s “ratlines”—the Vat­i­can-spon­sored escape net­works used to spir­it Nazi war crim­i­nals out of Europe and (in many cas­es) into the ser­vice of West­ern intel­li­gence agen­cies, includ­ing Amer­i­can. RFA#17 has a detailed dis­cus­sion of the rat­lines. Gus­tav Schwarzeneg­ger (Arnold’s father and a man cat­e­go­rized as a “Class Three” war crim­i­nal by the Aus­trian gov­ern­ment) was a key police offi­cial in a Graz  sub­urb in the imme­di­ate after­math of World War II.

Graz was also a key way sta­tion on the rat­line, used to shel­ter Croa­t­ian Ustachi war crim­i­nals among oth­ers. This shel­ter­ing was done with the coop­er­a­tion of the police chief of Graz. Was Gus­tav Schwarzeneg­ger part of this Graz/Ratline oper­a­tion? Was that why he quar­reled with the British com­mis­sioner in the area? Was the tiny Graz sub­urb of Thal (where the senior Schwarzeneg­ger became chief of police) also involved with the Graz/Ratline oper­a­tion? It is worth not­ing that right-wing Catholic con­nec­tions appear to have played a role in the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s polit­i­cal star.

In FTR 422, we looked at his wife’s fam­ily con­nec­tions to the fas­cist Opus Dei orga­ni­za­tion. Might Arnold’s right-wing Catholic and Under­ground Reich con­nec­tions be trace­able to his father’s con­nec­tions to the same ele­ments? The mate­r­ial in FTR 421 con­cern­ing the Nazis’ pro­jected use of the police and oth­er ser­vices essen­tial for the main­te­nance of the post­war Ger­man infrastructure—material against which Gus­tav Schwarzenegger’s career must be measured—is from The Nazis Go Under­ground by Curt Riess.

“ . . . When asked about his post-war activ­i­ties, Mon­signor Petra­novic cheer­fully admit­ted that he helped ‘a cou­ple of thou­sand peo­ple’ leave Italy via Genoa. When the war end­ed, he says he wit­nessed the Com­mu­nist mas­sacres of cap­tured Ustashi. After a brief stay in Zagreb, he was dis­patched to the Yugoslav-Aus­tri­an bor­der, where he moved freely among the flee­ing Ustashi. He set­tled for a time in Graz where many noto­ri­ous war crim­i­nals were hid­ing. His work there was aid­ed by Bish­op Fer­di­nand Paw­likowski, who obtained clear­ance from the local police chief to allow Petra­novic to stay in Graz. [empha­sis added] . . .” Unholy Trin­ity: The Vat­i­can, the Nazis, and the Swiss Banks; by John Lof­tus and Mark Aarons; St. Martin’s Grif­fin [SC]; ISBN 0–312–18199‑X; p. 106.

The Car­di­nal of Graz also facil­i­tated the Graz/Ratline con­nec­tion:

“ . . . Per­haps the ‘trea­sure’ had been in a monastery, but Gowen was cer­tain that the British were now using it to finance ‘the Croat move­ment in Yugoslavia. The resis­tance forces go by the name of Krizari (Cru­saders) . . . Radio con­tact is main­tained by means of a field radio oper­ated by Vran­cic, a for­mer Pavel­ic min­is­ter, locat­ed in the British zone of Aus­tria. The Ustachia couri­er ser­vice with­in the Aus­trian Zones is believed aid­ed by the Roman Catholic Church in Aus­tria. The Car­di­nal of Graz is known to be on close terms with . . . Pro­fes­sor Draganovic, Krunoslav, known Pavel­ic con­tact in Rome. . . ” (Ibid.; p. 123.)

“. . . . [Gus­tav] Schwarzenegger’s involve­ment in the war end­ed in August 22, 1942, when he was wound­ed. Ini­tially, he was treat­ed in the mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in Lodz, but accord­ing to the records he also suf­fered recur­ring bouts of malar­ia, which led to his dis­charge in Feb­ru­ary, 1944, when he was allowed to return to Graz. . . .(“Ter­mi­na­tor?” by Wendy Leigh; Mid Day; 3/9/2003; pp. 1–2; accessed at http://web.mid-day.com/smd/play/2003/march/46822.htm.)

“. . . .In fact, Hitler ws so grat­i­fied by the Graz­ers’ enthu­si­asm that he award­ed the city an hon­orary title: die Stadt der Erhebung—the Town [City] of the Ele­va­tion. Aus­tri­ans, even now, remem­ber Hitler’s tri­umphant entry into Graz, how the crowds mobbed the street, climb­ing lamp­posts for a glimpse of der Fuhrer, shout­ing ‘Sieg Heil’ with stri­dent fer­vor. . . . Arnold: The Unau­tho­rized Biog­ra­phy; by Wendy Leigh; Copy­right 1990 by Wendy Leigh; Con­g­don & Weed [HC]; ISBN 0–86553–216–8; p. 8]

“. . . . Besides, accord­ing to Arnold, Gus­tav had smoothed the path for his younger son by using his influ­ence to have him sta­tioned at a camp near Graz. He had also pulled strings so that Arnold, char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally impressed by the size and pow­er of tanks, could be a tank dri­ver. Arnold claims that, thanks to Gustav’s influ­ence, the Aus­trian Army made an excep­tion to the required tank driver’s min­i­mum age, low­er­ing it from twen­ty-one to eigh­teen, thus enabling him to ful­fill his ambi­tion. . . . [Ibid., p. 34.]”

We also note that the Dalai Lama’s SS tutor, Hein­rich Har­rer, was edu­cat­ed in Graz. As dis­cussed in FTR #547, the Dalai Lama is the polar oppo­site of what he is made out to be. Accord­ing to close aids, he prays dai­ly to a Mon­go­lian war god, in addi­tion to main­tain­ing a decades-old rela­tion­ship with Bruno Beger, anoth­er promi­nent SS offi­cer and war crim­i­nal. (The Dalai Lama was also a long-stand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor with the CIA.) We won­der if Graz may have been an epi­cen­ter of Third Reich activism pri­or to the Anschluss in 1938?

Is the relo­ca­tion of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood to Graz indica­tive of that city’s sta­tus as an Under­ground Reich epi­cen­ter? Is it now part of the “Mus­lim Broth­er­hood” Rat­line?

Might Graz have been a focal point of NSDAP activ­i­ty pri­or to the Anschluss of 1938 (the annex­a­tion of Aus­tria)?

“Hein­rich Har­rer;” Wikipedia.com

EXCERPT: . . . . From 1933 to 1938, Har­rer stud­ied geog­ra­phy and sports at the Karl-Franzens Uni­ver­si­ty in Graz. Har­rer became a mem­ber of the tra­di­tion­al stu­dent cor­po­ra­tion ATV Graz. . . .

. . . . Imme­di­ate­ly after the Anschluss of March 1938, as Ger­many and Aus­tria were once again unit­ed, Har­rer on 1 April 1938 joined the Schutzstaffel (SS) where he held the rank of Ober­schar­führer (Sergeant), and on 1 May 1938 he became a mem­ber of the Nazi Par­ty. After their ascent of the Eiger North Face the four climbers were received by and pho­tographed with Adolf Hitler. . . .

“Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion Of The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood To Set Up Shop In Aus­tria; Egypt­ian Media Reports Threat To Destroy Egypt­ian Insti­tu­tions” by gmb­watch; Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Watch; 4/9/2014.

 EXCERPT: Egypt­ian media is report­ing that based on inside sources, the Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood has decid­ed to trans­fer their offices to Graz, Aus­tria and three oth­er uniden­ti­fied Euro­pean cities fol­low­ing the announce­ment of an inves­ti­ga­tion into the Brotherhood’s activ­i­ties in the UK. High­lights from a trans­lat­ed sum­ma­ry of the Youm7.com Ara­bic lan­guage report include:

▪    A meet­ing was held fea­tur­ing Ibrahim Munir, Ibrahim Salah, and Dr. Mah­moud Hus­sein who were iden­ti­fied as the per­ma­nent mem­bers of the Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion togeth­er with 17 uniden­ti­fied new mem­bers.

▪    The three per­ma­nent mem­bers agreed to trans­fer their offices to Graz, Aus­tria and three oth­er Euro­pean coun­tries fol­low­ing the announce­ment of the British inquiry into Mus­lim Broth­er­hood activ­i­ties in the UK.

▪    The meet­ing focused on the lat­est devel­op­ments in Egypt, the devel­op­ment of a new strat­e­gy to stop the expect­ed May elec­tions for Pres­i­den­cy, and a new web­site cre­at­ed to expose the flaws in the elec­tion.

▪    Mem­bers of the Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion have been hold­ing meet­ings in Brus­sels with senior Euro­pean fig­ures aimed at per­suad­ing the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment to put pres­sure on Egypt regard­ing the treat­ment of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lead­ers in Egypt­ian pris­ons.

▪    The Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion is in the process of estab­lish­ing the “Jiha­di Inter­net Army” and the “Rabia Army”  aimed at destroy­ing Egypt­ian banks and oth­er state insti­tu­tions.

The GMBDW report­ed ear­li­er this week that Ibrahim Munir had warned that ban­ning the Broth­er­hood in the UK would lead to an increased risk of ter­ror­ism. We report­ed last week that Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron has ordered an inquiry into the activ­i­ties of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in the Unit­ed King­dom

The choice of Graz as the loca­tion for a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood head­quar­ters may seem odd to some but as a report on the his­to­ry of the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood has not­ed, self-described Broth­er­hood  “For­eign Min­is­ter” Youssef Nada and the late US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader Ahmed Elka­di were both liv­ing in Graz in the 1960’s. In addi­tion, Euro­pean Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader Ayman Aly, for­mer­ly a top advi­sor to deposed Egypt­ian Pres­i­dent Mohammed Mor­si, had been a long-time res­i­dent of Graz. (The GMBDW report in Jan­u­ary of this year that Dr. Aly was being held in Egypt­ian mil­i­tary deten­tion but his cur­rent where­abouts have not yet been ver­i­fied.)

 

 

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