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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German report on Kristallnacht exhibit strikes disturbing note

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The tone taken by a prominent German news magazine in describing an exhibit on Kristallnacht, the days of shattered glass and terror that rained down on Jews 75 years ago starting Nov. 9, should alarm and dismay readers in America and other countries whose diplomats broke the rules to warn the world and help those persecuted by the Nazis. Continue reading

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