The Truth Behind The ODESSA File

Posted: October 20, 2011 in World War 2
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ARTICLE WRITTEN BY Guy Walters PUBLISHED ON The Telegraph

I see that today’s papers are full of accounts of Gudrun Burwitz, the daughter of Heinrich Himmler, & her organization Stille Hilfe (Silent Help), that is reputed to help Nazis on the run. Predictably, the reports mention how Stille Hilfe co-operates with the ‘Odessa’, the clandestine Nazi escape network. I’m not qualified to discuss the activities of Stille Hilfe, but I do know a thing or two about the ‘Odessa’, & I believe the organization is more the product of fantasy than reality. I apologize that this is a longish post, but it’s a subject close to my professional heart, & nothing gets my goat more than when people talk knowledgeably about ‘Odessa’.

The most obvious problem with Odessa is the name. If you were organizing a super secret escape network for SS men, would you really label yourself with an acronym that stood for ‘Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen’ – the Organization of Former SS Members? No, I thought not.

The truth about the Nazi escape organizations, beneath the mushroom clouds of smoke, is that they were similar to an old-boy network, or perhaps even the loose web of terrorist cells & groups that are today placed under the name of al-Qaeda. After the war, there were countless organizations that assisted escaping Nazis, & some of these groups had names, such as ‘Konsul’, ‘Scharnhorst’, ‘Sechsgestirn’, ‘Leibwache’, ‘Lustige Brüder,’ & some did not. Instead of one big fire under the smoke, there were instead many small ones, the combination of their multiple & toxic emissions suggestive of a single large inferno. Assistance would also be provided on an ad hoc basis, sometimes by an individual or a handful of individuals rather than by a coordinated group. [Read More]

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