Secret Cold War chapter: 40,000 Nazis planned for war against communists

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Albert SchnezAlbert Schnez, a Nazi colonel during World War II, was the organizer of the shadow army, recruiting men and soliciting donations. He would later serve in West Germany’s reestablished military. Photo courtesy of Der Spiegel.

It sounds like the plot of a Cold War spy novel.

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Germany was demilitarized by the Allies. But within five or six years of the Nazi surrender, 2,000 former officers of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS plotted to recruit a secret paramilitary force of 40,000 fighters, reports Der Spiegel. Continue reading

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It seems like happiness is just a thing called Joe

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Josef Stalin’s reputation is alive and well in his hometown. His statue is going back up, and his ugly mug is on coffee mugs.

In Gori, Georgia, the dictator’s purges — that sent 20 million people to gulags (where half died) — are once again “the victory of socialism,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Continue reading

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