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AFA 2: Looking Back From 1984

The Hid­den His­to­ry of the Cold War, Part Two
Part 2a 47:19 | Part 2b 44:37 | Part 2c 44:45 | Part 2d 44:41 | Part 2e 44:43| Part 2f 44:42
(Record­ed May 23, 1984)

Pick­ing up where part one left off, this pro­gram begins with an exam­i­na­tion of the role of SS vet­er­ans in the for­ma­tion of the Green Berets. Formed ini­tial­ly under the aus­pices of the CIA, the Green Berets grew under the CIA stew­ard­ship of SS Brigadier Gen­er­al Franz Alfred Six, SS Colonel Emil Augs­burg (like Six, a vet­er­an of Hitler’s “Final Solu­tion” to the “Jew­ish Prob­lem”) and Michael Achme­teli, a White Russ­ian and Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor who worked close­ly with the SS and was viewed as an expert on the for­mer Sovi­et Union. The Green Berets were formed against the back­ground of the gueril­la war­fare that raged in East­ern Europe and the for­mer U.S.S.R. for years after the for­mal con­clu­sion of World War II. (See AFA‑1 for more details.)

The pro­gram then high­lights the delib­er­ate sab­o­tag­ing of the de-Naz­i­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many after the war. Derailed by polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic forces sym­pa­thet­ic to fas­cism, many of which had enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly sup­port­ed Hitler and Mus­soli­ni before the war, this fail­ure result­ed in the return to pow­er of the same indus­tri­al­ists and financiers who had sup­port­ed Hitler. Even more impor­tant­ly, Nazis and Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors were put right back in posi­tions of polit­i­cal pow­er in Ger­many, where they pur­sued a pol­i­cy of restor­ing Ger­many’s “lost ter­ri­to­ries,” includ­ing parts of Poland, the Czech Repub­lic and the for­mer Sovi­et Union.

The pro­gram also focus­es on: the Nazi antecedents of Inter­pol (the inter­na­tion­al police orga­ni­za­tion); the role of Her­bert Hoover in help­ing to foil de-Naz­i­fi­ca­tion of Ger­man indus­try at the end of World War II; the Nazi sym­pa­thies of Whit­tak­er Cham­bers (the prin­ci­pal accuser of Alger Hiss); Sen­a­tor Joe McCarthy’s per­se­cu­tion of Amer­i­can P.O.W.‘s who sur­vived a Nazi mas­sacre at the Bat­tle of the Bulge; Joe McCarthy’s promi­nent, pro-Nazi polit­i­cal back­ers; the role of Richard Nixon in block­ing a con­gres­sion­al move to breakup of I.G. Far­ben (the Nazi chem­i­cal giant); Nixon’s spon­sor­ship of promi­nent Roman­ian war crim­i­nal Nico­lai Malax­a’s res­i­dence in the Unit­ed States and Nixon’s invi­ta­tion to Valer­ian (nee Viorel) Tri­fa, anoth­er Roman­ian Iron Guard butch­er, to give the open­ing prayer before the U.S. Sen­ate in 1955.


2 comments for “AFA 2: Looking Back From 1984”

  1. Amaz­ing!!! Excel­lent work Dave

    Posted by Nick Joseph | March 17, 2009, 2:13 pm
  2. Haven’t lis­tened to this one in a while, Dave, but I always though this was one of your best. =)

    Posted by Steven | October 23, 2011, 1:37 am

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