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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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