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Update on the Eichmann File

COMMENT: We’ve been fol­low­ing a paper chase entail­ing an ongo­ing Ger­man government/BND coverup of what the Fed­er­al Repub­lic knew of Adolf Eich­man­n’s where­abouts fol­low­ing the war.

As we saw in FTR #558, Eich­mann worked on con­tract for Gehlen’s orga­ni­za­tion in the Mid­dle East. (The BND was the final incar­na­tion of the Gehlen orga­ni­za­tion, which orig­i­nat­ed as the Third Reich’s East­ern Front intel­li­gence ser­vice.)

Con­sid­er­ing that the alleged “de-Naz­i­fi­ca­tion” of Ger­many was large­ly mytho­log­i­cal, it should not be sur­pris­ing that the BND failed to do any­thing sub­stan­tive.

Bril­liant Argen­tine author Uno Goki (author of The Real Odessa) has weighed in on the issue, once again.

“Ger­many Knew Adolf Eich­manns Hid­ing Place Years Before Cap­ture” by The­u­nis Bates; AOL News; 1/11/2011.

EXCERPT: But Eich­man­n’s cap­ture need­n’t have been so long in the mak­ing. Ger­man news­pa­per Bild this week­end pub­lished a secret ser­vice doc­u­ment that revealed West Ger­man intel­li­gence offi­cials knew about his Argen­tine hide­out as ear­ly as 1952. It appears as though the agency chose not to act on the infor­ma­tion.

The type­writ­ten file card obtained by Bild notes that Eich­mann was liv­ing in the Argen­tine cap­i­tal under the alias Clemens. “SS colonel Eich­mann is not to be found in Egypt but is resid­ing in Argenti­na under the fake name Clemens,” it read. “Eich­man­n’s address is known to the edi­tor of the Ger­man news­pa­per ‘Der Weg’ in Argenti­na.” (Ger­man week­ly Der Spiegel report­ed that Eich­mann had in fact adopt­ed the pseu­do­nym Ricar­do Kle­ment.)

Argen­tine jour­nal­ist Uki Goni — author of “The Real Odessa,” which chron­i­cles the post­war flight of Nazi crim­i­nals to South Amer­i­ca — told AOL News that he was­n’t sur­prised West Ger­man agents had dis­cov­ered Eich­man­n’s where­abouts by 1952.

“The idea that the Nazis arrived in Argenti­na and fad­ed into the jun­gle some­where is just not the case,” he said. “There was quite a strong Ger­man com­mu­ni­ty in Buenos Aires with its own news­pa­pers and restau­rants. So when the new arrivals came after the war, every­one knew exact­ly who they were, and they went to the same restau­rants as every­body else.”

Goni adds that West Ger­many’s for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vice, then known as the Gehlen Orga­ni­za­tion, had noth­ing to gain by nab­bing Eich­mann.

“The agency was run by for­mer Nazi offi­cer Rein­hard Gehlen, and it was packed with for­mer SS offi­cers and for­mer Nazis,” he said. “So nobody had any inter­est in find­ing these Nazis and bring­ing them to tri­al. On the con­trary, they would have been more like­ly to help them escape jus­tice.”

Many senior fig­ures in the new West Ger­man state also lacked the will to see Eich­mann extra­dit­ed back home and put on tri­al. Gov­ern­ment min­istries and pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions were stuffed with ex-Nazis; some had been heav­i­ly involved in the Holo­caust and were wor­ried about what the for­mer SS offi­cer might say in the dock. . . .

COMMENT: Anoth­er rea­son for the reluc­tance of BND may have been their unwill­ing­ness to brook the wrath of the Bor­man net­work.

. . . Israeli agents who move too close­ly to these cen­ters of pow­er are elim­i­nat­ed. One such ter­mi­na­tion was Fritz Bauer, for­mer­ly attor­ney gen­er­al for the State of Hesse in Frank­furt, a sur­vivor of Auschwitz and the man who tipped off the Israeli Mossad about the pres­ence of Adolf Eich­mann in Buenos Aires, who was killed on orders of Gen­er­al Mueller. [Ital­ics are mine–D.E.]. . .Mueller’s ruth­less­ness even today is what deters Artur Axmann from alter­ing his tes­ti­mo­ny that he saw Bor­mann lying dead on the road­way the night of their escape from the Fuehrerbunker, May 1–2, 1945. . . .To this day, Axmann, the only so-called liv­ing wit­ness to the ‘death’ of Bor­mann in Berlin, knows his life is in jeop­ardy if he revers­es him­self. Gen­er­al Mueller is thor­ough and has a long mem­o­ry, and for a Nazi such as Axmann to go against Mueller’s orig­i­nal direc­tive would make him a trai­tor; ret­ri­bu­tion would sure­ly fol­low. . . .

Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile by Paul Man­ning; pp. 289–290.


One comment for “Update on the Eichmann File”

  1. com­pli­ments on your research.
    in con­junc­tion with your eich­mann update:The ger­man mgazine CICERO in the novem­ber issue 2010 has an inter­est­ing art­cle­of sev­er­al pages on the com­plic­i­ty of the auswartiges amt (for­eign affair-dept of state)during ww2. they also pub­lish a “wannsee doc.” about who knew what,where and how about the final solution.A must read.
    Page70-73 cov­ers Gehlen and the pol­i­tics of the CDU-CSU in respect to the BND.
    How about an arti­cle on BASF-Win­ter­shall and the russ­ian gas pipeline under the Baltic.
    Or?.....Why has the Quandt family(BMW) invest­ed in a US com­pa­ny which inserts RFD’s in pass­ports for 40plus nations in the world.(talking about databases)or....the Dutch HEEREMA affair(Pieter Schelte Heere­ma) who lays the pipeline under the baltic(ex nazi co.-now the largest pipeline under water lay­er in the world.Nazi-Heerema-BASF-
    Russ­ian gas(the old com­bine work­ing again)Thank you for your work.Regards

    Posted by stephan | January 18, 2011, 11:42 am

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