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The Underground Reich and the Max Planck Institute

Kaiser Wil­helm Insti­tute direc­tor Eugen Fis­ch­er and Max Planck

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COMMENT: We have dis­cussed the Max Planck insti­tute in past posts and pro­grams. (It was orig­i­nal­ly called the Kaiser Wil­helm Insti­tute and was fund­ed by the Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion, in con­sid­er­able mea­sure.) A major epi­cen­ter of Nazi sci­ence, it was the aca­d­e­m­ic foun­da­tion for Josef Men­gele’s ghast­ly Auschwitz exper­i­ments on twins.

In the 1950 Madrid cir­cu­lar let­ter craft­ed by the Nazi gov­ern­ment in exile, we find rein­forc­ing argu­ment that the Max Planck Insti­tute remained an epi­cen­ter for sci­en­tif­ic and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment for the Under­ground Reich.

The entire text of the Madrid cir­cu­lar is avail­able on pp. 209–232 of Ger­many Plots with the Krem­lin.

Ger­many Plots with the Krem­lin by T.H. Tetens; Hen­ry Schu­man [HC]; 1953; p. 231.

EXCERPT: . . . . Though we are pow­er­less at present, we have nonethe­less nev­er per­mit­ted our­selves to be dis­armed spir­i­tu­al­ly and sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly. Ger­man schol­ars are work­ing unremit­ting­ly in Ger­many as well as abroad on great sci­en­tif­ic plans for the future. Favor­able cir­cum­stances enabled us to keep alive the great research orga­ni­za­tion of the Kaiser Wil­helm Insti­tute through a change of name. First-class sci­en­tists are work­ing in the fields of inter­plan­e­tary nav­i­ga­tion (“Raum­schiff fahrt”), chem­istry and on cos­mic rays. Our sci­en­tists, unham­pered in their work, have suf­fi­cient time and are plan­ning day and night for Ger­many’s future. It is the Ger­man spir­it (“Geist”) that cre­ates mod­ern weapons and that will bring sur­pris­ing changes in the present rela­tion­ship of forces. . . .

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  1. The Max Planck Insti­tute is activ­ly involved in split­ting off South Sudan:

    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/01/16/what-is-germany-interest-in-south-sudan.html

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    What is Germany’s Inter­est in South Sudan?
    Vladislav GULEVICH | 16.01.2014 | 00:00

    The divi­sion of Sudan, which until very recent­ly was still a unit­ed coun­try, and the sep­a­ra­tion of South Sudan from it (with the cap­i­tal of Juba) is a project that has received active sup­port from Berlin. And not just polit­i­cal sup­port, but pro­grammes to cre­ate gov­ern­ment agen­cies and an admin­is­tra­tive appa­ra­tus in the new­ly estab­lished state. It has been report­ed that inter­na­tion­al lawyers from the Max Planck Insti­tute for Com­par­a­tive Pub­lic Law and Inter­na­tion­al Law in Hei­del­berg were involved in cre­at­ing the con­sti­tu­tion of South Sudan, that the Kon­rad-Ade­nauer Foun­da­tion has invit­ed Sudanese sep­a­ratists to Ger­many, that var­i­ous Ger­man min­istries have pro­vid­ed South Sudanese author­i­ties with con­sult­ing ser­vices, and that Ger­man sol­diers have been in South Sudan since 2005.

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    Berlin’s pol­i­cy regard­ing Sudan should gen­er­al­ly be in keep­ing with the poli­cies of Wash­ing­ton and Lon­don, name­ly: the par­ti­tion of a for­mer­ly unit­ed coun­try and the sep­a­ra­tion of South Sudan should not just mean the sep­a­ra­tion of a large area with con­sid­er­able strate­gic impor­tance from Khar­toum, but also a change in the own­er­ship of a sig­nif­i­cant part of Sudan’s oil resources. In this instance, the inter­ests of Ger­many, the US and Great Britain are the same – these West­ern pow­ers are eager to «pro­tect» East Africa from pen­e­tra­tion by Chi­na... Today, more than half of Sudan’s oil is being export­ed to the People’s Repub­lic of Chi­na, and Chi­nese work­ers and engi­neers in Sudan are no longer an uncom­mon sight.

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    It must be admit­ted that Khar­toum gave the West a num­ber of rea­sons to inter­vene dur­ing the con­flict, car­ry­ing out poli­cies of Ara­bi­sa­tion and Islami­sa­tion in South Sudanese provinces inhab­it­ed by Chris­tians. Wash­ing­ton, Lon­don and Berlin are now posi­tion­ing them­selves as fight­ers for the rights of the South Sudanese pop­u­la­tion. In truth, how­ev­er, pro­longed intereth­nic con­flicts are tear­ing apart many African coun­tries, and far from all of these have been award­ed the «good for­tune» of becom­ing an object of con­cern for West­ern pro­po­nents of democ­ra­cy. South Sudan was «lucky» because it has oil.

    Berlin’s aware­ness of East Africa is not a new trend in Germany’s for­eign pol­i­cy, but a long-for­got­ten old one. At the end of the 19th cen­tu­ry, Ger­man East Africa includ­ed Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Rwan­da and Burun­di. Today, these coun­tries are mem­bers of the pro-West­ern East African Com­mu­ni­ty, whose zone of influ­ence is expect­ed to pull in South Sudan.

    How­ev­er, Ger­man experts are not sure whether it is worth Berlin inter­fer­ing in events in this part of the world. South Sudan is quick­ly sink­ing into the abyss of an inter­trib­al war. There is no guar­an­tee that the con­flict will not spread to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries, with the whole of East Africa plung­ing into an abyss of drawn-out armed con­flicts.

    Posted by Swamp | January 18, 2014, 11:06 am

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