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FTR #155 Nuclear Weapons and the “Underground Reich”

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NB: This is a recy­cled broad­cast con­tain­ing updat­ed mate­r­i­al, but includes the orig­i­nal broad­cast in its entire­ty.

For some time, Mr. Emory has accessed the work of the remark­able Paul Man­ning. Part of the CBS news team that cov­ered World War II (along with the late Edward R. Mur­row), Man­ning authored the land­mark title Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile [3] (Lyle Stu­art, copy­right 1981), detail­ing the post-war career of Mar­tin Bor­mann, Hitler’s most impor­tant aide.

 Long rumored to have been killed at the end of the war, Bor­mann escaped to Latin Amer­i­ca with all of the liq­uid wealth of the Third Reich at his dis­pos­al. Bor­mann has used that wealth to finance (lit­er­al­ly) an Under­ground Reich, an insti­tu­tion that wields pro­found (though large­ly unrec­og­nized) influ­ence in the con­tem­po­rary world. Mr. Emory believes that (bar­ring a sig­nif­i­cant change in polit­i­cal real­i­ty) the Bor­mann group will prove to be the deci­sive ele­ment in human affairs.

 This broad­cast details Man­ning’s last pub­lished work: the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion’s ini­ti­a­tion of joint nuclear weapons devel­op­ment between Ger­many, Argenti­na and South Africa and its pro­mo­tion of the Con­dor II mis­sile project, joint­ly devel­oped by Iraq, Egypt and Argenti­na. (It should be not­ed that Man­ning’s sec­ond book on the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion was nev­er pub­lished. His son Jer­ry was mur­dered at that time, in ret­ri­bu­tion for his work on the Bor­mann group, accord­ing to Man­ning’s intel­li­gence con­tacts.) The joint weapons devel­op­ment was intend­ed to give Ger­many nuclear and inter­con­ti­nen­tal mis­sile tech­nol­o­gy that it was offi­cial­ly for­bid­den from pos­sess­ing.

 Short­ly after World War II, the dis­cov­ery of ura­ni­um in Argenti­na spurred the clan­des­tine nuclear devel­op­ment pro­gram. At the time, Argenti­na was ruled by Juan Per­on, who was very close to Bor­mann and the Nazi emi­gre com­mu­ni­ty in Argenti­na.

Insti­gat­ed by the Bor­mann group, the pro­gram was great­ly assist­ed by the Siemens Cor­po­ra­tion’s devel­op­ment of two nuclear reac­tors for Argenti­na. The Con­dor II mis­sile project would have giv­en Sadam Hus­sein a great­ly expand­ed mis­sile capa­bil­i­ty, had the U.S. not secret­ly inter­vened with Argenti­na to inter­dict the mis­sile’s progress. Much of the infor­ma­tion accessed by Man­ning came from Leon Grun­baum, a Holo­caust sur­vivor and nuclear sci­en­tist. Grun­baum was sub­se­quent­ly mur­dered.

 Pro­gram high­lights include: the close rela­tion­ship between Nazi Ger­many and Iraq dur­ing World War II; the per­pet­u­a­tion of the Nazi-Iraqi link in the decades after the war; the close links between Egypt and the Bor­mann group; details of the hier­ar­chi­cal struc­ture of the Bor­mann group (alleged­ly head­ed, in the ear­ly 1990s, by Bor­man­n’s son Adolph Mar­tin and his sis­ter Neu­mi); the rig­or­ous sur­veil­lance of and harass­ment of Leon Grun­baum (cul­mi­nat­ing in his mur­der); the theft of Grun­baum’s notes while he was vis­it­ing Switzer­land; remark­able sim­i­lar­i­ties between the real­i­ty of the Bor­mann group as report­ed by Man­ning and the por­tray­al of the orga­ni­za­tion in the Nazi tract Ser­pen­t’s Walk.