Spitfire List Web site and blog of anti-fascist researcher and radio personality Dave Emory.

News & Supplemental  

Germany Keeping Eichmann Files Secret for 50 (More) Years

Com­ment: Why would this be nec­es­sary? Among the pos­si­bil­i­ties is the polit­i­cal sen­si­tiv­i­ty deriv­ing from past employ­ment of Eich­mann and many of his subordinates–and supe­ri­ors–by ele­ments of West­ern intel­li­gence, includ­ing U.S. and Ger­man intel­li­gence ser­vices.

The open­ing of these files would also shed light on the Under­ground Reich and its deriv­a­tive, pro­found eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal rela­tion­ships with gov­ern­men­tal, reli­gious and com­mer­cial cen­ters of pow­er around the world.

“The Eich­mann Files: Clas­si­fied Doc­u­ments Could Be Released after 50 Years” by Leon Dis­che Beck­er; Spiegel Online; 3/11/2010.

Fifty years after Nazi war crim­i­nal Adolf Eich­man­n’s arrest by the Israeli Mossad in Argenti­na, basic details about his 15 years as a fugi­tive remain a gov­ern­ment secret. The files kept by Ger­many’s for­eign intel­li­gence agency, the BND, remain clas­si­fied today — alleged­ly for rea­sons of nation­al secu­ri­ty. A Ger­man jour­nal­ist is now suing in a fed­er­al court for the release of the files.

Fifty years have passed since Adolf Eich­man­n’s arrest, but the Ger­man for­eign intel­li­gence agency, the BND, is still hop­ing to pre­vent the release of files detail­ing his post-war move­ments. A Fed­er­al Admin­is­tra­tive Court in Leipzig is cur­rent­ly exam­in­ing almost 4,500 pages of secret doc­u­ments on Eich­mann, a lead­ing archi­tect of Hitler’s plans to mur­der Europe’s Jews. The court is soon expect­ed to rule whether the BND’s jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for con­ceal­ing the files are still applic­a­ble and in line with the coun­try’s free­dom of infor­ma­tion laws. . . .

. . . Uki Goñi, a promi­nent Argen­tine jour­nal­ist and expert on the post-war Nazi fugi­tives, has tak­en a spe­cial inter­est in the BND files and thinks that ref­er­ences to a for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vice are a smoke­screen. “They could eas­i­ly redact the name of the intel­li­gence ser­vice and the name of the infor­mants,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “The files would not be embar­rass­ing to any oth­er secret ser­vice but to Ger­many itself.” Goñi believes the files would reveal hith­er­to unknown lev­els of col­lu­sion between the Ger­man gov­ern­ment and Nazis who fled over­seas to escape pros­e­cu­tion.

In his book, “The Real Odessa,” which describes how the Per­on regime sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly aid­ed Nazi war crim­i­nals, Goñi doc­u­ments how Nazi war crim­i­nals lived free and easy in Buenos Aires. Ger­man For­eign Ser­vice mem­bers and Nazis vis­it­ed the same estab­lish­ments and drank in the same beer hall. The Nazis did­n’t hide their alle­giances either: “The Nazis would come in, click their heels and throw up their tra­di­tion­al salute,” Goñi told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Eich­mann did­n’t feel the need to keep a low pro­file in that com­mu­ni­ty. The Ger­man embassy in Buenos Aires gave his wife and chil­dren pass­ports in their own name, just as they had giv­en infa­mous Nazi doc­tor Josef Men­gele a pass­port.

Attor­ney Rein­er Geulen thinks that the most explo­sive infor­ma­tion enclosed in the files per­tains to Eich­man­n’s flight from Ger­many. “He was very chat­ty in Jerusalem — he knew he was going to die any­way,” Geulen said. Accord­ing to Geulen, Eich­mann explained in great detail who helped him flee Ger­many and then Europe — infor­ma­tion the Israelis were very inter­est­ed in. “There is good rea­son to believe that he received help from Ger­man, Ital­ian and Vat­i­can offi­cials,” he said. . . .


One comment for “Germany Keeping Eichmann Files Secret for 50 (More) Years”

  1. This “hith­er­to unknown lev­els of col­lu­sion between the Ger­man gov­ern­ment and Nazis who fled over­seas” seems the key to it all, but will the case get through the Ger­man court? Bra­vo Dave, bra­vo Argen­tine jour­nal­ist Uki Goñi.

    Posted by Rob Coogan | March 13, 2010, 9:24 am

Post a comment