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AFA 1: Looking Back From 1984

The Hid­den His­to­ry of the Cold War, Part One
Part 1a [1] 47:13 | Part 1b [2] 45:09 | Part 1c [3] 44:38 | Part 1d [4] 47:24 | Part 1e [5] 44:45 | Part 1f [6] 10:47
(Record­ed April, 1984)

This broad­cast exam­ines inter­na­tion­al fas­cism as a reac­tion to the found­ing of the for­mer Sovi­et Union and the growth of social­ist move­ments in oth­er coun­tries and how this devel­op­ment led to World War II. The pro­gram focus­es on the crit­i­cal sup­port Amer­i­can indus­tri­al­ists and financiers gave to Hitler’s Ger­many and how this affect­ed allied mil­i­tary pol­i­cy dur­ing the war, as well as the incor­po­ra­tion of the Third Reich’s intel­li­gence forces into the CIA at the con­flic­t’s con­clu­sion.

Pro­gram high­lights include: Her­bert Hoover’s diver­sion of aid req­ui­si­tioned by Con­gress to Pol­ish and Baltic armies fight­ing against the U.S.S.R. in the ear­ly 1920’s; the growth of Mus­solin­i’s “cor­po­rate state” (as he termed his fas­cist sys­tem of gov­ern­ment); the Hearst news­pa­per chain’s glow­ing por­tray­al of Nazi Ger­many and Fas­cist Italy pri­or to the out­break of World War II; the Amer­i­can Legion’s award­ing of an hon­orary mem­ber­ship to Mus­soli­ni in 1935; the Cur­tis-Wright Com­pa­ny’s delib­er­ate betray­al of dive-bomb­ing (a close­ly-guard­ed U.S. Navy tech­nique) to the Axis pow­ers; Alger Hiss’ role as spe­cial coun­sel to the Nye-Van­den­burg com­mit­tee (inves­ti­gat­ing Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions’ aid to the Axis pow­ers); the Allies’ re-stora­tion of fas­cist infra­struc­ture in French North Africa and Italy fol­low­ing “lib­er­a­tion;” the British polit­i­cal betray­al of and mil­i­tary attacks upon the anti-fas­cist par­ti­sans in Greece before the end of the war; the for­ma­tion of gueril­la groups estab­lished by the Nazis dur­ing the war’s clos­ing days in order to fight against the Sovi­et Union; the adop­tion of the Nazi guer­ril­la groups by the CIA and oth­er West­ern intel­li­gence agen­cies; the fierce war­fare con­duct­ed by the fas­cist gueril­las (under West­ern spon­sor­ship) in Poland and the for­mer Sovi­et Union until 1953; the incor­po­ra­tion of the Nazi East­ern Front intel­li­gence orga­ni­za­tion into the CIA (under the stew­ard­ship of its wartime head, Gen­er­al Rein­hard Gehlen); the Third Reich gen­e­sis of many of the “catch-phras­es” of the Cold War, includ­ing “Bet­ter Dead than Red” and “Iron Cur­tain.”