US recruited Nazis as secret spies against Soviet in Cold War era

A week after a report informed how the dozens of suspected Nazis continued receiving millions in Social Security payments after being expelled from the United States, a fresh revelation has come to light claiming that the CIA and other American intelligence agencies recruited at least a thousand Nazis as secret spies against the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Oct 28, 2014, 14:39 PM IST
US recruited Nazis as secret spies against Soviet in Cold War era

Washington: A week after a report informed how the dozens of suspected Nazis continued receiving millions in Social Security payments after being expelled from the United States, a fresh revelation has come to light claiming that the CIA and other American intelligence agencies recruited at least a thousand Nazis as secret spies against the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II.

 

According to a BBC report citing declassified US documents, the American government did not hesitate to rope in even Nazi war criminals to use them against Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The report mentions a former Nazi officer named Otto von Bolschwing, who reportedly wrote policy papers on how to terrorise Jews, was recruited by the CIA to spy in Europe.

As a reward for his services, the CIA was said to have relocated him and his family to New York in the 1950s.

Also, the secret documents cite the example of how the US government even protected their recruited Nazi spies during war crimes trial.

The CIA reportedly tried to intervene when one of its recruited Nazi officials, named Aleksandras Lileikis, who was said to be involved in the massacres of Jews in Lithuania, became associated with a war crimes investigation.

According to a New York Times report, the declassified records show that during 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, law enforcement and intelligence officials like J Edgar Hoover at the FBI and Allen Dulles at the CIA hired Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets”.

The report comes ahead of the release of a book titled “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men” by Eric Lichtblau.

The latest revelation also comes a week after an Associated Press investigation spilled the beans on how several Nazis were still being paid by the US government even after being expelled.