COMMENT: Not even the Warren Commission would buy this one! A disinformation piece is in circulation claiming that Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller (spelling varies with “Muller” also used) was allegedly identified as having been killed in Berlin during the last week of the war.
The “identification” comes from a grave-digging recruit who claims he reburied Mueller in August of 1945, and was able to positively identify the corpse from a photograph!
The supposed identification was allegedly of the corpse of a battle casualty dating to the beginning of May of 1945, buried for four months, and then ID’d from a photograph!
The state of decomposition would have precluded such a superficial examination.
Note that the supposed grave digger came forward in 1963. No mention of why.
In FTR #283, we dealt at length with Mueller’s postwar activities, including his work as security director for the powerful, deadly Bormann capital network.
A Los Angeles Times piece from 2001 notes archival information that Mueller was captured by American troops at the end of the war. No mention is made of his ultimate fate, with credible reports in existence that he worked with elements of U.S. intelligence.
No reports are in Mueller’s file after 1963. That is the year that the gravedigger came forward to ID Mueller’s decaying corpse from a photograph.
1963 is also the year in which Mueller leaked information to a German magazine that led to the opening of his supposed “grave.”
We wonder about the possible links between the Mueller disinformation and the assassination of President Kennedy, performed in conjunction with numerous Third Reich alumni.
In addition to the above-cited articles, we include excerpts from Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile which chronicle Mueller’s postwar activities.
EXCERPT: . . . . Now, the question of Müller’s fate has taken a disturbing twist, as Prof. Johannes Tuchel, head of an association that watches over memorials to German resistance fighters, claims to have uncovered a document indicating that he was killed, probably on May 1, 1945, hastily buried in a provisional grave near the Nazi Air Force ministry, and later reburied in a mass grave in the Jewish cemetery in Mitte, in the heart of Berlin. . . . .
. . . . His interest piqued, Professor Tuchel said, he scoured archives and found out that Müller was killed in the dying days of the war in May 1945, and buried and reburied, he said. An estimated 70,000 civilians and soldiers are said to have been killed in the last three weeks of the war in Berlin. In the months after fighting ended, each city district organized nonprofessional teams of gravediggers to collect corpses and bury them in mass graves, Professor Tuchel said, adding that there were 16 such graves containing an estimated 2,700 bodies in the Mitte Jewish cemetery. . . . .
. . . . The professor said he had found a document stating that a gravedigger, Walter Lüders, had approached the local police in West Germany in 1963, saying he had buried Müller, and was then interrogated — just once — by more senior investigators after Bild reported Mr. Lüders’ appearance.
Upon being shown a picture of Müller by the senior investigators, Mr. Lüders, according to a document found by Professor Tuchel, stated, “I have compared this photo with the face of the corpse” that he had reburied in August 1945.
He added, “I can say that the person pictured on the photo was in appearance identical with the corpse.” . . . .
EXCERPT: . . . . Was Muller briefly in U.S. custody after the war? If so, did he escape, or was he freed to become a CIA spy?
Muller is officially registered as dead in Berlin. But his grave turned out to contain two unknown soldiers when it was opened more than 30 years ago. His children subsequently removed the headstone from the burial plot.
U.S. Army Intelligence records indicate that Muller–who was nicknamed “Gestapo Muller” to distinguish him from the hundreds of other Mullers in the Nazi hierarchy–was captured by Americans in 1945, says historian George Chalou, who worked at the National Archives for 28 years. But what happened after that “is the $64 question,” he said. . . .
. . . . . In about a month, the National Archives plans to release a 500-page Central Intelligence Agency file on Muller, which may shed further light on his postwar activities, according to Greg Bradsher, a historian at the archives. So far, the bulk of publicly available material on Muller comes from U.S. Army Intelligence files and material gathered by historians. . . .
. . . . In December 1999, the National Archives issued a one-paragraph news release stating that it was opening 135 pages of files on Muller, primarily covering the period from 1945 to 1963, but also including some earlier Nazi government documents.
The files contain tantalizing material, including many items that contradict one another. Despite the fact that the files were opened more than 50 years after the end of World War II, numerous portions have been redacted. In February 1999, eight months before the Army records were made public by the National Archives, Army officials sent Rabbi Hier a letter saying some of his requests for information on Muller were being denied on grounds of “national security,” including the possibility that more complete disclosure could compromise intelligence-gathering methods.
Among the materials the National Archives made public are the following:
* A December 1945 interview with a former Nazi stating that Muller escaped from Berlin through a secret underground passage that only he and Eichmann knew about.
* A July 1946 Army Counter-Intelligence Corps document saying “reports from the Russian zone of Berlin seem to indicate” that Muller shot and killed his wife and three children and then himself, two days before Hitler died.
* Index cards stating that Muller was in custody first in the town of Ilmenau and then in December 1945 in a “civilian internment” camp in Altenstadt in Upper Bavaria. The card does not state what happened to Muller at Altenstadt. It ends with the cryptic and provocative sentence, “case closed 29 Jan 46.” It is unclear who placed the information on the card, which states that a Muller dossier was to be sent to Frankfurt.
* Another U.S. Army document dated July 11, 1946, states that British officials requested an investigation of Muller in the Wurzburg area, saying that it was believed he was dead. But the document ends with: “results negative.”
* A 1951 document, saying an informant had said Muller was in Czechoslovakia where he “is supposedly directing intelligence activities for the Soviets against the U.S. zone of Germany.”
* An August 1960 document saying Muller was believed to be corresponding with relatives.
* Numerous other documents from the 1950s and early 1960s indicating the belief that Muller was alive and that U.S. officials were interested in finding him. There are no new reports after 1963. . . .
. . . Mueller had already initiated a strategy of deception to explain his own disappearance from prominent circles in Berlin. The week he slipped out of the German capital, his grieving family gathered for his ‘funeral.’ A coffin was borne to a cemetery where it was buried with appropriate ceremony. The grave was marked with a headstone bearing the words ‘Our Dear Daddy,’ Mueller’s name, his birthdate, and the date of his alleged death in Berlin in 1945. Several years following this incident, an editor of a German news magazine, acting on an informer’s tip generated by the master deceptionist Mueller himself, from South America, obtained a court order in 1963, and the grave was opened. When the coffin in question was unearthed and opened, the editor and the attending officials found three skeletons, none remotely matching Heinrich Mueller’s short and thick-set measurements, or his markedly prominent forehead. . . (Ibid.; p. 179)
. . . During years of research for this book, I have become aware of Heinrich Mueller and his security force, which provides protection for the leadership in Latin America and wherever else they may travel to Europe and to the United States to check on investments and profits. Through intermediaries, I have attempted unceasingly to penetrate to the central core of the organization in South America, but have been denied access. At the last meeting that I know about, it was voted: ‘Herr Manning’s writing would focus undue attention on our activities and his request must once again be denied.’ The elderly leaders, including Reichminister Bormann, who is now eighty, wanted me on the scene to write of their side of the story, above all his story, of one of the most amazing and successful financial and industrial cloaking actions in history, of which he is justifiably proud. I had sent word to Bormann that the true story, his firsthand account, should become a matter of historical record, and stated that I would be agreeable to writing it if I could tell his true story, warts and all.” (Ibid.; p. 272.)
Back came the word: “You are a free world journalist, and can write as you think best. We, too, are interested only in truth.'”They agreed to my request to bring along a three-man camera crew from CBS News to film my conversations with Martin Bormann, and even approved my wish for at least a personal thumbprint of the former Reichsleiter and party minister, which would be positive proof of his identity. At the organization’s request, I sent the background, names, photos and credentials of the particular CBS cameramen: Lawrence Walter Pierce, Richard Henry Perez, and Oden Lester Kitzmiller, an award-winning camera crew (which got the exclusive film coverage of the attempted assassination of Governor George Wallace when he was running for president). (Ibid.; pp. 272-3.)
I am sorry to say that the younger leaders, the ones now in virtual command, voted ‘No.’ They did agree, however that 232 historical documents from World War II, which Bormann had had shipped out of Berlin in the waning days of the war, and which are stored in his archives in South America, could be sent to me anonymously, to be published. They said their lengthy investigation of me had produced confidence that I was an objective journalist, as well as a brave one, for their probing stretched back to World War II days, and up to the present. (Ibid.; p. 273.)
Heinrich Mueller, now seventy-nine years old, who also serves as keeper of these archives as well as chief of all security for the NSDAP, rejected this decision: when the courier reached the Buenos Aires international airport bearing these documents for me he was relieved of them by the Argentine secret police acting under an initiative from Mueller. (Idem.)
As Mueller had explained previously, he had nothing against me personally; I had been cleared of any ‘strange connections’ by his agents in New York City, whose surveillance efforts were supplemented by the old pros of the Gestapo, up from South America to assist in watching me. This continued intermittently for years, and efforts were stepped up in response to the intensity of my investigations. The statement I had originally made to their representatives in West Germany, that I was only a diligent journalist trying to dig out an important story, finally proved satisfactory to them. I observed that Mueller hadn’t lost his touch in the field of surveillance, judging by the quality, skill, and number of men and women who tracked me, at what must have been enormous cost, wherever I went in New York City, Washington, and overseas. (Idem.)
Mueller didn’t restrict his security activities on behalf of the Bormann group to surveillance. ‘Israeli agents who move too closely to these centers of power are eliminated. One such termination was Fritz Bauer, formerly attorney general for the State of Hesse in Frankfurt, a survivor of Auschwitz and the man who tipped off the Israeli Mossad about the presence of Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, who was killed on orders of General Mueller. . . .Mueller’s ruthlessness even today is what deters Artur Axmann from altering his testimony that he saw Bormann lying dead on the roadway the night of their escape from the Fuehrerbunker, May 1-2, 1945. . . .To this day, Axmann, the only so-called living witness to the ‘death’ of Bormann in Berlin, knows his life is in jeoprady if he reverses himself. General Mueller is thorough and has a long memory, and for a Nazi such as Axmann to go against Mueller’s original directive would make him a traitor; retribution would surely follow.’ (Ibid.; pp. 289-90.)