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Uncovered Files Shed Light on Hitler's Wehrmacht

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By Cornelia Rabitz

Deutsche Welle, October 7, 2012

The discovery of files in Washington has provided fresh insight into a perennially controversial issue: the Nazi Wehrmacht, its self-image and its war crimes. DW talked to historian Felix Römer about his findings.

DW: The Wehrmacht and the war of extermination instigated and led by the National Socialists – 67 years after the end of the Second World War, one would think that research on the issue has been exhausted. But that is obviously not the case. You discovered and investigated files and documents in the US, which people here knew nothing about.

Felix Römer: There is a large tranche of files, which we knew nothing about until now, from a listening station close to Washington called Fort Hunt. The US military intelligence service interned around 3,000 Wehrmacht soldiers there between 1942 and 1945, kept them under observation, and secretly recorded them in their cells using hidden microphones. A vast swath of files containing over 102,000 pages of transcripts and examination reports was produced. It is a massive boost for research into the mentality of the Wehrmacht, since here you can hear Wehrmacht soldiers speak in their original tone – and about every topic imaginable.

The documents lay – accessible, but ignored for the most part – since the 1970s in the US National Archives. How does one approach them as a historian today? How did you unlock this substantial amount of material?

Felix Römer spent years researching the transcripts from Fort Hunt

It was only possible now due to generous support from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. That made it possible to create an entire research team charged with combing and evaluating the files. First of all, we entered the 102,000 pages from Fort Hunt – which were my responsibility – into databases and then the job was to critically read and evaluate the sources. It took us many years. But there was no other way to read these documents.

What type of soldiers, officers, captains were they? Were they just ordinary men or fanatical and brutal Nazi perpetrators?

That’s a difficult question, which I can’t answer definitively. The indoctrination of the Wehrmacht is one of the most controversial issues in German history. But because of the new sources, we can now build realistic images of the Wehrmacht, especially with regards to the indoctrination of German troops. This aspect was often given too much weight in earlier investigations. But now we can measure the extent of ideological indoctrination more realistically.

We see that the many Wehrmacht soldiers only had a very superficial political consciousness. But that does not mean that they were not influenced by National Socialist ideology. The transcripts from Fort Hunt show that the Wehrmacht was not a through-and-through political army – but it was not an army like any other. They had a political background. And many positions were occupied by political soldiers. Among them were many of the officers and non-commissioned officers, who stamped their mark on all levels of the Wehrmacht hierarchy. Through that hard core, the military leaders of the Wehrmacht led according to National Socialist ideology, without every ordinary private having to be a staunch National Socialist.

When you say that not every Wehrmacht soldier was a fanatical National Socialist, does that not decrease the level of blame that these people have been apportioned?

It’s not about placing blame here, but about analyzing the soldiers’ actions. It’s about how a military machine functioned. We want to better understand it. In the past, research approaches were in part too one-sided, especially the interpretation that every single soldier perpetrated war crimes because he was a staunch National Socialist. But with that, the social dynamics, which are extremely important in an army, were forgotten. We also see in the transcripts that soldiers often perpetrated crimes and then thought about the sense in them after the fact. In many cases, they simply did what all the others had done.

Was it a certain situation, peer pressure even, that drove soldiers to commit the most horrific of crimes?

Exactly. These social and circumstantial pressures come much more to the fore in the transcripts. They build the framework for actions taken during the war. However, the soldiers could behave differently within this framework. The individual’s intent and individual responsibility come into play here.

Peer pressure and indoctrination: the Wehrmacht in Rome in 1943

For a long time the assumption of a “clean Wehrmacht” held weight. In Germany, this myth was put to rest as late as 1995 with an exhibition on the topic. Did you also look into this myth?

The transcripts from Fort Hunt confirm a lot of what we already knew from existing research into the Wehrmacht concerning war crimes. But they are not suitable for quantifying the acts or the extent of the crimes. They just show how the soldiers talked about them. The value of the documents lies above all in their depiction of how soldiers viewed war crimes, how they thought about them. There we can add new facets to existing research and show how arbitrarily these soldiers experience violence and what they thought about it.

An especially interesting aspect is the perspective of Wehrmacht soldiers on the Holocaust. There it is confirmed that the majority of soldiers knew very well and had heard rumors – in principle, everyone could have known about it who wanted to know. But it also shows that the Holocaust was not popular within the army. However the war crimes are not the issue that we can read in relation to this. The transcripts illustrate a broad range of life in the Wehrmacht and make possible such a detailed picture of the mentality of this army.

Did you actually find a significant proportion of voices expressing dissent and critique, which the soldiers themselves participated?

Yes, there are a significant number of those voices. These views are particularly numerous in relation to the Holocaust. Many soldiers, discussing the genocide of the Jewish people, express criticism and reject it. It is actually often soldiers who were not perpetrators themselves, but who had just heard about it. But those who were directly involved tend to take a different view. With them there is more the need to justify their actions after the fact, and to maintain a positive self-image. This type of reaction is part of the automatism of violence.

Time and time again after the war, former members of the Wehrmacht plead that they were only obeying orders. Is that an argument that you found in the transcripts?

No, that only appears very rarely in our sources. Other things were much more important to the soldiers: their social circle, the group, their comrades, their leaders. They wanted to prove themselves to these people. The military value system plays its part, the militant ethos of the Wehrmacht. The soldiers wanted to be good soldiers, do a good job, win medals, fulfill their duties. They are motives that one regularly hears, that have nothing to do with simply obeying orders but with their understanding of their role as Wehrmacht soldiers. But the identification with these military values was very individual, that is one of the central themes of my study.

Felix Römer, 34, is a historian at the German Historical Institute in London. His book based on the transcripts from Fort Hunt, “Kamaraden – Die Wehrmacht von innen” (Comrades – the Wehrmacht from the Inside), is published by Piper.

” … The CIA endorses torture, assassination, terrorism and political subversion, none of which should be promoted as a legitimate career path. … “


Charles Ellis, The Post-Standard By Charles Ellis
The Post-Standard, November 01, 2012

Syracuse, N.Y. — Four protesters — two from the Syracuse Peace Council and two Syracuse University graduate students — gathered outside an SU classroom that was being used Thursday to recruit students to join the CIA.

About 30 to 40 students attended the recruiting session in room 347 of Hinds Hall, estimated Jessica Azulay, staff organizer for the peace council.

“(The protest) didn’t need to be very big,” she said. “Our stance is, if you’re going to work for a place, you should have a fundamental knowledge of what the organization stands for.”

In this case, she said, the CIA endorses torture, assassination, terrorism and political subversion, none of which should be promoted as a legitimate career path. One of the protesters, grad student Brian Tackett, knelt on the ground while dressed in an orange jumpsuit with a hood over his head, she said.

Another, grad student Ben Kuebrich, went inside the classroom and tried to talk to the students and recruiters. Kuebrich said he stayed for most of the 90-minute session. Four CIA officials were there, and Kuebrich said he asked several questions about torture allegations against the agency.

“None of them really wanted to respond,” Kuebrich said. “I just tried to be respectful and ask questions.”

He said none of the students seemed to mind that he was there asking questions.

The protesters passed out fliers detailing what they described as the CIA’s history of overthrowing democratically elected governments and supplying weapons to repressive regimes, Azulay said.

According to the SU website, the CIA was on campus recruiting for 12 job openings.

 PORTLAND, Ore. — A jury on Friday ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq War.

After a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for just two days before reaching a decision against the contractor, Kellogg Brown and Root.

Each Army National Guardsman was awarded $850,000 in non-economic damages and another $6.25 million in punitive damages for “reckless and outrageous indifference” to their health in the trial in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Guardsman Rocky Bixby, the soldier whose name appeared on the suit, said the verdict should reflect a punishment for the company’s neglect of U.S. soldiers.

“Justice was definitely served for the 12 of us,” Bixby said, adding that two of his children were about to enter the military. “It wasn’t about the money, it was about them never doing this again to another soldier.”

The suit was the first concerning soldiers’ exposure to a toxin at a water plant in southern Iraq. The soldiers said they suffer from respiratory ailments after their exposure to sodium dichromate, and they fear that a carcinogen the toxin contains, hexavalent chromium, could cause cancer later in life.

Another suit from Oregon Guardsmen is on hold while the Portland trial plays out. There are also suits pending in Texas involving soldiers from Texas, Indiana and West Virginia.

Pre-existing conditions?

KBR was found guilty of negligence but not a secondary claim of fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Papak acknowledged before the trial began that, whatever the verdict, the losing side was likely to appeal it.

Any appeal must first wait for Papak to formally enter the judgment.

The company will appeal the verdict, said KBR attorney Geoffrey Harrison in a statement issued late Friday afternoon. Harrison said the verdict “bears no rational relationship to the evidence.”

“KBR did safe, professional, and exceptional work in Iraq under difficult circumstances,” Harrison said in the statement, and multiple U.S. Army officers testified under oath that KBR communicated openly and honestly about the potential health risks.

“We believe the facts and law ultimately will provide vindication.”

KBR witnesses testified that the soldiers’ maladies were a result of the desert air and pre-existing conditions. Even if they were exposed to sodium dichromate, KBR witnesses argued, the soldiers weren’t around enough of it, for long enough, to cause serious health problems.

The contractor’s defense ultimately rested on the fact that they informed the U.S. Army of the risks of exposure to sodium dichromate.

KBR was tasked with reconstructing the decrepit, scavenged plant just after the March 2003 invasion while National Guardsmen defended the area. Bags of unguarded sodium dichromate — a corrosive substance used to keep pipes at the water plant free of rust — were ripped open, allowing the substance to spread across the plant an into the air.

Attorneys for the 12 Oregon National Guardsmen focused on the months of April, May and June 2003, alleging KBR knew about the presence of sodium dichromate and took no action.

One of the soldiers’ key witnesses, a doctor, testified that hexavalent chromium caused a change to soldiers’ genes, leaving them more susceptible to cancer. KBR’s attorneys challenged that diagnosis, saying the soldiers’ witness was the only physician in the U.S. prepared to make such a diagnosis.

Concern over role of contractors

Plaintiff Jason Arnold said he understands that contractors are a necessity for often-specialized tasks, but he hopes the verdict forces the U.S. military to reexamine its relationship with the private defense industry.

“For a corporation to come in and have this much disregard for the health and well-being of men that are shedding blood, sweat and tears for this country,” Arnold said, “for them to come in and to say that we mean less than their profit, is wrong.”

During the Iraq war, KBR was the engineering and construction arm of Halliburton, the biggest U.S. contractor during the conflict. KBR split from Halliburton in April 2007.

KBR has faced lawsuits before related to its work in Iraq. One of the more prominent cases, involving a soldier who was electrocuted in his barracks shower at an Army base, was dismissed.

A second case is still in Maryland federal court, in which former KBR employees and others who worked on Army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan allege KBR allowed them to be exposed to toxic smoke from garbage disposal “burn pits.”

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report

By Calvin Adkins

The Daily Southerner, October 19, 2012

TARBORO — The foundation that developed a plan to compensate victims of forced sterilization in North Carolina is reporting an increase in the number of verified victims of the state’s old eugenics program in Edgecombe, Lee, Montgomery, and Buncombe counties.

North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation announced Thursday that a new count shows 186 victims in 61 counties. The count includes 168 living victims.

While procedures were performed in all 100 counties, 43 counties still report no verifications.

Lenoir County continues to report the highest number of verifications with 24 matches to N.C. Eugenics Board records. Mecklenburg County, which had the highest number of procedures of any North Carolina county, follows with 15 verifications.

In April, Edgecombe reported 49 sterilization were performed but that none of them had been verified.

The sterilization program, which lasted from 1929 until 1974, was aimed at creating a better society by weeding out people who were deemed “feeble-minded.” The majority of those targeted were poor women. Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people.

The sterilization effort reportedly escalated in from July 1946 to June 1968 and shifted to targeting poor, black women. During that time, the North Carolina Sterilization Board involuntarily sterilized 5,364 people.

Supporters of eugenics believed that “defective” humans could be weeded out of the population. Scientists, however, discredited that assumption by the 1930s and most states stopped their programs.

In a 1969 court ruling against eugenics, a judge said many of the victims were threatened with a loss of welfare benefits unless they agreed to the sterilization.

A five-member Eugenics Compensation Task Force fought to give living victims a lump sum payment of $50,000 to living victims and those who were alive when verified by the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. North Carolina was the first state in the country to tackle the question of how much to give victims of the program.

The Foundation had stopped taking new requests for verification on June 20 when it ran out of money.In a story published in The Daily Southerner in June, Sen. Clark Jenkins (D-Edgecombe) said he was an advocate for the bill that would compensate the eugenics victims”The idea of eugenics is horrible,” Jenkins said. “The idea that the victims be compensated is a good idea. I was very disappointed (that it failed in the senate) and I will continue to seek the funding.”

The religious right in the US backs GOP climate change denial because science also supports evolution against creationism

By Katherine Stewart
The Guardian, November 4, 2012

Now that Sandy has exacted a steep toll in lives and property, the question is unavoidable: why do so many people in America refuse to take climate science seriously?

I am not assuming that Sandy was the direct consequence of human-caused climate change. But with this fresh evidence of the impact of climate issues on real people, how is it possible for anyone to think that thousands of scientists around the world are engaged in an elaborate hoax?

The standard reply is that some powerful organizations – above all, in the fossil fuel industry – think that they can benefit from misleading the public, and have funded a successful disinformation campaign. There is a lot of truth to this answer, but it isn’t the whole truth.

For the average climate science denier in the street (and there are a lot of them on some streets), there is often little correlation between the vehemence of their denials and the so-called “facts” at their disposal. The average Chuck is like Chuck Norris, who has claimed that climate science is a “trick”. Not an innocent mistake, not a systemic bias, but a premeditated fraud.

Climate science denial needs disinformation to survive, but it has its feet firmly planted in a part of American culture. That culture draws on lots of different sources. But if you want to understand it, you need to understand something about America’s religious landscape.

Take a look at some of the most recent initiatives in the climate science denial wars. In Louisiana, Tennessee, New Hampshire and other states, legislatures have either passed or put forward bills intended to disinform secondary-school students about climate science. Sure, they paper over the assault on education with claims that they only want to teach “both sides” of the issue and encourage “critical thinking”. But, as leaked documents made clear in at least one instance, the ultimate purpose is to produce a young generation of “skeptics” whose views on climate science will happily coincide with those of the fossil fuel industry.

Who is behind these programs of de-education?

The group writing much of the legislation is the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), a “nonpartisan” consortium of state legislators and business interests that gets plenty of money from the usual suspects. But the legislation has also received vital support from groups associated with the religious right. For example, the perversely named Louisiana Science Education Act, which opens the door to climate science denial in the classroom, was co-authored by the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based creationist thinktank. That act also received crucial support from the Alliance Defending Freedom, the well-funded Christian legal advocacy group that has described itself as “a servant organization that provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel”, and which promotes a radical religious agenda in public schools.

What does religion have to do with climate science? Radical religious activists promote the anti-science bills, in part, because they also seek to undermine the teaching of evolution – another issue that supposedly has “two sides”, so schools should “teach the controversy”. Now, you don’t have to believe that Earth was created in six hectic days in order to be skeptical about climate science, but a large number of climate science deniers also happen to be evolution deniers.

What exactly is the theology of climate science denial? The Cornwall Alliance – a coalition whose list of signatories could double as a directory of major players in the religious right – has a produced a declaration asserting, as a matter of theology, that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human contribution to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming.”

It also tells us – on the firm foundation of Holy Scriptures – that policies intended to slow the pace of climate change represent a “dangerous expansion of government control over private life”. It also alerts us that the environmental movement is “un-Biblical” – indeed, a new and false religion. If the Cornwall Declaration seems like a tough read, you can get what you need from the organization’s DVD series: “Resisting the Green Dragon: A Biblical Response to one of the Greatest Deceptions of our Day.”

Now, this isn’t the theology of every religion in America, or of every strain of Christianity; not by a long stretch. Most Christians accept climate science and believe in protecting the environment, and many of them do so for religious as well as scientific reasons. But theirs is not the theology that holds sway in the upper reaches of the Republican party, or moves your average climate science denier Chuck. As Rick Santorum explained at an energy summit in Colorado:

“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth … for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit.”

Why does this theology of science denial have such power? For one thing, it gives its adherents something to throw back in the face of all those obnoxious “elites”, which they think are telling them what to do with their lives. There’s no need to master the facts if all you need is to learn a few words of scripture.

But, perhaps, more to the point is that this kind of religion works for Chuck because it allows him to disguise the extraordinary selfishness of his position in a cloak of sanctimony. Translated into the kind of language that you can take to the shopping mall, it says that God wants you to squeeze whatever you can out of the earth – and to hell with the grandkids.

I hear plenty of cynicism about the choice facing people this Tuesday, 6 November. Some say that it really doesn’t matter who gets elected. It is true that Obama has largely kept climate change out of the campaign. But it is delusional to imagine that Obama is just the same as Romney and the Republican party on this issue. Paul Ryan is on record as a world-class climate science denier. Mitt Romney’s press secretary has been a shill for oil companies.

Romney’s proposals on energy policy and climate issues, so far as they can be discerned, are indistinguishable from those of the fossil fuel industry. And anyone who thinks that Republican party policies won’t be informed by some of that old-time religion simply hasn’t been listening to what its candidates have to say about women, reproductive rights, and what they speciously call “religious liberty”.

There is a choice. And even if you don’t think it matters, your grandkids will.

Also see: “Prince Andrew’s link to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein taints royalty in US,” The Guardian, March 17, 2011


By Dominik Lemanski, Jonathan Corke and Deborah Sherwood

Daily Star, November4,  2012

Photo: 11-year-old Moira Anderson was last seen boarding a bus in Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1957. According to The Sunday Times (“Pressure on police to release paedophile dossier”), 23 April 2006, Strathclyde Police have a dossier listing members of a child-abuse ring. The dossier is said to implicate senior public figures, including senior police officers and members of the Crown Office and former Scottish Office.

A VICTIM of a paedophile ring linked to Margaret Thatcher’s Tories believes his two brothers were murdered for trying to  expose the truth.

Chris Johns, who begged the Queen to help protect him and his family after the first brother was killed, says he hopes one day there will be a new probe into their deaths. He was speaking as Labour MP Tom Watson – who spoke out against the same paedo ring in Parliament – said he too is afraid for his safety.

Chris is convinced his brothers were  silenced as they began to reveal the full extent of the paedophile network, which wrecked the lives of hundreds of young boys from the late 1960s onwards. Adrian, 32, died in an arson attack before he had chance to give a statement, while brother Leander, 34, was found dead in mysterious ­circumstances, below, during the trial of one of his abusers.

Just a handful of men involved in their abuse and that of scores of other children were ever convicted.

Chris himself says he had underage sex with a high court judge and was raped by a police officer who has never faced justice. Our investigations meanwhile suggest at least one Tory peer, a major showbiz star,  political figures including a Conservative MP and an agent to a world-famous singer could be implicated.

The ring allegedly spread well beyond North Wales, where the brothers were abused, into London and across Britain. Steven Messham, a victim of the same ring,  says he was raped “more than a dozen times” by a “leading politician from the Thatcher years”.

And last night Chris said: “I want ­recognition of how deep into society this thing goes. These people are utterly ruthless and have their dirty work done by third parties.”

The 59-year-old, along with his brothers, were all put into care as children. And that’s when they fell into the hands of evil paedophile John Allen, who ran children’s homes across North Wales.

In 1992 after years of abuse, Adrian, who had been at the Bryn Alyn home, tried to blackmail Allen by saying he was going to tell all unless he gave him money. According to Chris he had decided to lift the lid on the depravity. But on April 17, 1992, Adrian was killed in an arson attack, which Leander survived with awful burns after jumping to safety. In 1995 both Chris and Leander gave evidence against Allen during a trial.

And that’s when Chris wrote to the Queen. The letter, which Chris has given us ­ permission to publish, shows him begging Her Majesty for help. He wrote: “We were mentally, morally and physically abused as children (most of it will probably never come to light).”

And he added: “Having given our evidence Leander, myself and indeed the rest of my family in Wales are living in great fear of our lives.”

An aide to the Queen replied, saying his ­letter had been forwarded to the Lord ­Chancellor’s department and the Prince of Wales. But the only reply was from a representative of the Chancellor’s impersonally named ­“Customer Service Unit”.

Leander, known as Lea, died days later from an ­unexpected overdose, which Chris and his family have a­lways questioned. During the week between Lea’s evidence and his death, Allen had absconded from bail. His whereabouts were never properly ­explained. He claimed he had a breakdown and ­wandered lost in an Oxfordshire wood. But £16,500 was taken from his bank  accounts during that time.

Chris said: “Leander survived the fire and gave evidence at court but within two days he was dead.”

Allen was given six years for sex assaults on boys.

PM to investigate allegations of Downing St paedophile  ring

Tom Watson MP demands police investigate claims. Do  they refer to Mrs Thatcher’s one-time PPS?

The Week, Wed 24 Oct 2012

A LABOUR MP has asked David Cameron to ensure that the police investigate  evidence of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number  10”.

Tom Watson, the Birmingham MP who led the campaign for an inquiry into phone  hacking, told Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions today:  “The evidence  file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains  clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring.

“One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former prime  minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.

“The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to  ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and  investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked  to Parliament and Number 10.”

Cameron, who had earlier told the Commons that the BBC has “serious questions  to answer” over allegations that Jimmy Savile abused children, told Watson he  would look into the claims, The Independent reports.

“You raise a very difficult and complex case,” said Cameron, “and I’m not  sure which former prime minister he is referring to, but what I would like to do  is to look very carefully in Hansard to the allegations you have made, the case  that you have raised and look very carefully – and to see what the Government  can do to give you the assurances you seek.”

Righton was convicted in 1992. The Guardian, and The Times’s David Aaronovitch, suggest  that the case Watson was referring to was the subject of an article in The Sunday Times at the weekend.

The article contained a claim by former Conservative minister Edwina Currie  that a fellow Tory MP, Sir Peter Morrison, had sex with 16-year-old boys when  the age of consent was 21. Morrison was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s  parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the party. He died in  1995 at the age of 51.

Currie said: “Was he doing anything illegal? Almost certainly. Would it be  illegal today? Hard to tell now the age of consent is down to 16.”

She noted that she had first raised the allegation in an autobiography in  2002. An extract from that book reads: “One appointment in the recent reshuffle  has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has  become the PM’s PPS.

“Now he’s what they call ‘a noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys; he  admitted as much… when he became deputy chairman of the party but added,  ‘However, I’m very discreet’ — and he must be!

“She [Thatcher] either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way,  it’s a really dumb move.

“It scares me, as all the press know, and as we get closer to the election  someone is going to make trouble very close to her indeed.” ·