Waffen SS Official Otto von Bolschwing and the Creation of Israel, Connections to Iran Contra & Place in San Francisco Politics
From: “The CIA Names File on Adolf Eichmann”
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 150
The CIA was surprised by Israeli agents’ capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, and a subsequent CIA file review uncovered extensive ties between Eichmann and men who served as CIA assets and allies (like Franz Alfred Six and Otto Von Bolschwing), according to the CIA’s three-volume Directorate of Operations file and their Directorate of Intelligence file on Eichmann. …
… Von Bolschwing was deeply involved in intelligence work-and in the persecution of innocent people-for most of his adult life.
He had joined the Nazi party at the age of twenty-three, in 1932, and had become an SD (party security service) informer almost immediately. In the years leading up to 1939, von Bolschwing became a leading Nazi intelligence agent in the Middle East, where he worked under cover as an importer in Jerusalem.
One of his first brushes with Nazi espionage work, according to captured SS records, was a role in creating a covert agreement between the Nazis and Fieval Polkes, a commander of the militant Zionist organization Haganah, whom von Bolschwing had met through business associates in the Mideast.
Under the arrangement the Haganah was permitted to run recruiting and training camps for Jewish youth inside Germany. These young people, as well as certain other Jews driven out of Germany by the Nazis, were encouraged to emigrate to Palestine. Polkes and the Haganah, in return, agreed to provide the SS with intelligence about British affairs in Palestine.
Captured German records claim that Polkes believed the increasingly brutal Nazi persecution of the Jews could be turned to Zionist advantage-at least temporarily-by compelling Jewish immigration to Palestine, and that the Haganah commander’s sole source of income, moreover, was secret funds from the SS.
Report by von Bolschwing on a meeting in Vienna between Eichmann and representatives of the Reichsbank and Economics Ministry from Berlin concerning the emigration of the Jews from Austria; Berlin, 20.6.38. Submitted during the course of the trial and marked T/149 (BO6-1176, Vol. I, p. 290)
From: “Why Israel’s Capture of Eichmann Caused Panic at the CIA”
Information that could have led to Nazi war criminal was kept under wraps.
… An urgent memo was sent to CIA investigators urging caution and pointing out that if Moscow discovered these ex-Nazis had been working for the Americans that would make those agents “very vulnerable”.
Meanwhile, some of the CIA’s German agents were beginning to panic. One of them, Otto Albrecht von Bolschwing – who also had worked with Eichmann in the Jewish affairs department and was later Heinrich Himmler’s representative in Romania – frantically asked his old CIA case officer for help.
After the war Bolschwing had been recruited by the Gehlen Organisation, the prototype German intelligence agency set up by the Americans under Reinhard Gehlen, who had run military intelligence on the eastern front under the Nazis. “US army intelligence accepted Reinhard Gehlen’s offer to furnish alleged expertise on the Red army – and was bilked by the many mass murderers he hired,” said Robert Wolfe, a historian at the US national archives.
Zepezauer’s “The CIA’s Greatest Hits”
“The notion that they [CIA, Army Counterintelligence Corp, Gehlen organization] employed only a few bad apples will not stand up to the new documentation. Some American intelligence officials could not or did not want to see how many German intelligence officials, SS officers, police, or non-German collaborators with the Nazis were compromised or incriminated by their past service […] Hindsight allows us to see that American use of actual or alleged war criminals was a blunder in several respects […] there was no compelling reason to begin the postwar era with the assistance of some of those associated with the worst crimes of the war. Lack of sufficient attention to history-and, on a personal level, to character and morality-established a bad precedent, especially for new intelligence agencies. It also brought into intelligence organizations men and women previously incapable of distinguishing between their political/ideological beliefs and reality. As a result, such individuals could not and did not deliver good intelligence. Finally, because their new, professed ‘democratic convictions’ were at best insecure and their pasts could be used against them (some could be blackmailed), these recruits represented a potential security problem.”
Zepezauer mentions Klaus Barbie and others in the final paragraph. Surely a darker part of the story and I wonder why he doesn’t make more of it. (Ditto when it comes to von Bolschwing).
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome’s father, Judge William Newsome, was a business partner of Nazi Otto von Bolschwing, the SS officer who settled in the U.S. after the war.
Mae Brussell traced the connections in 1987: “Adolf Hitler’s Reinhard Gehlen, OTTO ALBRECHT von BOLSCHWING, to the Iran-Contragate evidence. TCI, Stanford Technology. John Paul Getty, Rumanian Iron Guard … “
Gordon Getty, fourth son of J. Paul, is Gavin Newsome’s financial angel. Wikipedia: “Getty is one of the nation’s leading venture capitalists and philanthropists. … Though a Republican, he is a major fundraiser for local and national Democratic Party candidates, and has contributed to the campaigns of NANCY PELOSI, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom, and John Kerry.”
AROUND THE NATION; Screening of Evidence Sought in Nazi Case
October 5, 1981
AP – Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to screen for government secrets any evidence submitted by Otto von Bolschwing, 71 years old, who is accused of serving as an adviser to Adolf Eichmann in persecuting Jews.
Rodney Smith, an attorney for the United States Department of Justice, said he made the request Friday to prevent the possible disclosure of classified information by Mr. von Bolschwing.
The Government is attempting to strip Mr. von Bolschwing of his United States citizenship and deport him. He is accused of concealing wartime Nazi affiliations when he applied for citizenship in New York in 1959.
Mr. Von Bolschwing contends that he was an undercover agent for the American Office of Strategic Services and denies ever having served in the SS or Gestapo. …
World Watchers International Tape #520 November 22, 1981
OTTO ALBRECHT ALFRED VON BOLSCHWING
THINGS PICK UP FOR OTTO. FROM SS GESTAPO, HIMMLER, HITLER, TO UNITED STATES.
DECEMBER, 1953, Otto V. B. applied to emigrate to United States.
FEBRUARY, 1954, Otto arrived in the USA. Already with CIA six years.
U.S. CITIZEN 1959, SAME YEAR JFK TO RUN AGAINST RICHARD NIXON.
“Suddenly his career took a sudden upward turn.”
“Developed close ties with ELMER BOBST, President of Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical. (Bobst, Warner-Lambert, the God Father to Nixon Presidency.”)
Otto became DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETING AT “WARNER LAMBERT”.
Developed CLOSE TIES TO ALFRED DRISCOLL, HONORARY BOARD CHAIRMAN of Warner Lambert, former New Jersey Gov.
“Now his national, international contacts were WAY OUT OF PROPORTION WITH HIS JOB”
“BY MID-SIXTIES OTTO VON B. BECAME AN EXECUTIVE WITH CABOT MANUFACTURING”
Missing here the JFK, MLK, RFK assassinations. More to fill in. If he is in charge of Gehlen-Permindex Operation, 1960-1969 were busy years.
BY MID-SIXTIES OTTO BECAME CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR CABOT MANUFACTURING
German Subsidiary Advisor for $50,000,000. “Carbon factory.”
Thomas Franzioli, Senior Vice-President of FIRST NATIONAL BANK , BOSTON financed deal, worked with Albrecht Alfred Otto Von B.
“STARTED A BUSINESS IMPORTING WINE FROM ARGENTINA”
MARCH, 1969, JUMPS TO CALIFORNIA, SACRAMENTO, SILICON VALLEY, TCE. DEFENSE DEPT.
TCI, TRANS INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER INVESTMENT CORPORATION.
AIS, Advanced Information Systems, subsidiary of TCI.
IIS, International Imaging Systems, subsidiary of TCI.
TCI used to monitor 1967 Arab-Israeli War, now hired Von B., 1969.
Planned to “commercialize technology” sent him abroad, most impt. contacts.
Became part of Defense Dept., needed security clearances.
1969, Otto’s contacts of value in “Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Antilles, South America.” (They lump all S. America together)
BOARD OF TCI [not the cell phone company], OTTO VON BECOMES PRESIDENT IN 1970
J. Paul Getty Jr., Emanuel Fthnenakis…Greek with direct contacts to Aristotle Onassis, heads of Europe Walter F. Leverton, Judge William A. Newsom. Fthenakis also associated with Ford Aerospace, Philco, past Vice-President of ITT, and former Vice-President of Fairchild.
HELEN VON DAMM, CURRENT SECRETARY OF RONALD REAGAN, FORMERLY FROM TCI, VON BOLSCHWING.
HOW TCI BECAME STANFORD TECHNOLOGY TRADING GROUP AND WORKED WITH OLLIE NORTH AND HAKIM TO FUND IRAN-CONTRA.
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