A Fresh Look
by Carla Binion
Nazis and the Republican Party
Investigative reporter Christopher Simpson says in
BLOWBACK that after World War II, Nazi émigrés were
given CIA subsidies to build a far-right-wing power base in
the U.S. These Nazis assumed prominent positions
in the Republican Party's "ethnic outreach
committees." Simpson documents the fact that these Nazis did not
come to America as individuals but as part of organized
groups with fascist political agendas. The Nazi agenda
did not die along with Adolf Hitler. It moved to America (or
a part of it did) and joined the far right of the
Simpson shows how the State Department and the CIA put
high-ranking Nazis on the intelligence payroll "for
their expertise in propaganda and psychological
warfare," among other purposes. The most important Nazi
employed by the U.S. was Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler's most
senior eastern front military intelligence officer. After
Germany's defeat became certain, Gehlen offered the U.S.
certain concessions in exchange for his own
protection. Gehlen promoted hyped up cold war propaganda on
behalf of the political right in this country, and
helped shape U.S. perceptions of the cold war.
Journalist Russ Bellant (OLD NAZIS, THE NEW RIGHT, AND THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY) shows that
Laszlo Pasztor, a convicted Nazi war collaborator, built the
Republican émigré network. Pasztor, who served as
adviser to Republican Paul Weyrich, belonged to the Hungarian
Arrow Cross, a group that helped liquidate
Hungary's Jews. Pasztor was founding chairman of the
Republican Heritage Groups Council.
Two months before the November 1988 presidential election,
a small newspaper, Washington Jewish Week,
disclosed that a coalition for the Bush campaign included a
number of outspoken Nazis and anti-Semites. The
article prompted six leaders of Bush's coalition to resign.
According to Russ Bellant, Nazi collaborators involved in
the Republican Party included:
1.Radi Slavoff, GOP Heritage Council's
executive director, and head of "Bulgarians for Bush." Slavoff
member of a Bulgarian fascist
group, and he put together an event in Washington honoring Holocaust
denier, Austin App.
2.Florian Galdau, director of GOP
outreach efforts among Romanians, and head of "Romanians for
Galdau was once an Iron Guard
recruiter, and he defended convicted Nazi war criminal Valerian Trifa.
3.Nicholas Nazarenko, leader of a
Cossack GOP ethnic unit. Nazarenko was an ex-Waffen SS officer.
4.Method Balco, GOP activist. Balco
organized yearly memorials for a Nazi puppet regime.
5.Walter Melianovich, head of the GOP's
Byelorussian unit. Melianovich worked closely with many Nazi
6.Bohdan Fedorak, leader of
"Ukrainians for Bush." Fedorak headed a Nazi group involved in
The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article on the Bush
team's inclusion of Nazis (David Lee Preston, "Fired Bush
backer one of several with possible Nazi links,"
September 10, 1988.) The newspaper also ran an investigative
series on Nazi members of the Bush coalition. The article
confirmed that the Bush team included members
listed by Russ Bellant.
Journalist Martin A. Lee, has written for The Nation,
Rolling Stone, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other
publications. In THE BEAST REAWAKENS, Lee confirms that
during both the Reagan and Bush years, the
Republican Party's ethnic outreach arm recruited members from
the Nazi émigré network.
Lee says that the Republican Party's ethnic outreach
division had an outspoken hatred of President Jimmy
Carter's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), an
organization dedicated to tracking down and prosecuting Nazi
war collaborators who entered this country illegally. Former
Republican Pat Buchanan attacked Carter's OSI
after it deported a few suspected Nazi war criminals.
According to Lee, public relations man Harold Keith
Thompson was principal U.S. point man for the postwar
Nazi support network known as die Spinne, or the Spider. In
the late 40s and early 50s, Thompson worked as
the chief North American representative for the remaining
National Socialist German Worker's Party and the
SS. Lee writes that the wealthy Thompson gave generously to
Republican candidates Senator Jesse Helms and
would-be senator Oliver North. Thompson's money gained him
membership in the GOP's Presidential Legion
of Merit. Lee says Thompson also "received numerous
thank-you letters from the Republican National
Committee." Those letters are now in the Hoover
Institute Special Collections Library.
Christopher Simpson writes in BLOWBACK that in 1983,
Ronald Reagan presented a Medal of Freedom, the
country's highest civilian honor, to CIA émigré program
consultant James Burnham. Burnham was a
psychological warfare consultant who promoted something
called "liberationism." Just before the 1952 election,
the CIA worked up a multimillion-dollar public relations
campaign aimed at selling Americans on expanding
cold war activities in Europe. Part of the guiding theory
(given the name "liberationism") was the idea that
certain Nazi leaders from World War II should be brought in
as "freedom fighters" against the USSR.
Reagan said that Burnham's ideas on liberation
"profoundly affected the way America views itself and the
world," adding, "I owe [Burnham] a personal debt,
because throughout the years of traveling on the
mashed-potato circuit I have quoted [him] widely."
Reagan may not have known Burnham's theories were
based on his work on projects that enlisted many Nazi
collaborators, but it seems that Reagan's CIA Director
Casey or former CIA Director, Vice President George Bush,
would have informed him.
At a May 9, 1984 press conference, Simon Wiesenthal said,
"Nazi criminals were the principal beneficiaries of
the Cold War." The cold war mentality, hyped by Reinhard
Gehlen and other Nazis, became the shelter for tens
of thousands of Nazi criminals. Helping the far right in this
country to promote cold war hysteria became the
Nazi war criminals "reason for being." As
Christopher Simpson says, the cold war became those criminals'
means "to avoid responsibility for the murders they had
Journalist Seymour Hersh says Christopher Simpson's
BLOWBACK is "the ultimate book about the worst
kind of cold war thinking, in which some of our most
respected statesmen made shameful decisions that they
mistakenly believed to be justified." To this day, says
Simpson, the U.S. intelligence agencies hide the scope of
their post-World War II collaboration with Nazi criminals.
Are Republicans like George H. W. Bush, Oliver North, and
Jesse Helms, aware they have been assisted by
Nazi collaborators? Bush once worked for the CIA and should
have known about the nature of the Nazis in his
'88 campaign. No doubt he knows the history of Nazi/CIA
collaboration. Whether or not Bush knew of the
fascists' involvement in his campaign, the Republican Party
should have done a far better screening job. One
thing is certain: The intelligence agencies know the scope
and extent of Nazi involvement with the political
right in this country. It is a shame they keep it hidden from
the majority of the American people.
© 2000 Carla Binion All rights reserved