By Jurgen Heideking, Christoph Mauch, EDITOR *
Even paranoids have enemies. Hitler’s strongest foes have been the Allied powers, yet he additionally feared inner conspiracies bent on overthrowing his malevolent regime. in reality, there has been a small yet major inner resistance to the Nazi regime, and it did obtain support from the surface global. via lately declassified intelligence records, this ebook finds for the 1st time the whole tale of America’s wartime wisdom approximately, encouragement of, and mystery collaboration with the German resistance to Hitler—including the recognized July twentieth plot to assassinate the Fuehrer.The U.S. government’s mystery contacts with the anti-Nazi resistance have been performed by way of the OSS, the realm struggle II predecessor to the CIA. hugely delicate intelligence reviews lately published by means of the CIA make it obvious that the U.S. executive had massive wisdom of what used to be happening contained in the 3rd Reich. for instance, a capitulation supply to the western Allies into account through count number von Moltke in 1943 was once completely mentioned in the U.S. executive. And Allen Dulles, who used to be later to develop into head of the CIA, was once good expert concerning the mythical plot of July twentieth. in truth, those mystery reviews from within Germany offer a well-rounded photo of German society, revealing the professional- or anti-Nazi attitudes of alternative social teams (workers, church buildings, the army, etc.). The newly published records additionally convey that students within the OSS, lots of them recruited from ivy-league universities, searched for anti-Nazi events and leaders to aid create a democratic Germany after the war.Such intelligence accumulating was once an incredible job of the OSS. besides the fact that, OSS director “Wild invoice” Donovan and others favorite subversive operations, spreading disinformation, and issuing propaganda. Unorthodox and infrequently risky schemes have been constructed, together with bogus “resistance newspapers,” anti-Nazi letters and postcards dispensed during the German postal carrier, sabotage, and pretend radio announces from “German generals” calling for uprisings opposed to the regime.This is far greater than a documentary assortment. Explanatory footnotes offer a wealth of historical past info for the reader, and a accomplished creation places the records into their wider ancient point of view. prepared in chronological order, those intelligence studies supply a desirable new point of view at the tale of the German resistance to Hitler and demonstrate an fascinating and formerly unexplored point of America’s warfare with Hitler.
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To re-enforce distrust of the army command among soldiers from industrial labor families. 3. To increase hatred of war among the women of labor families. Other objectives, more generally applicable to enemy populations apply 1942 28 also to labor. The above three objectives comprise the main points precisely aimed at labor. (b) In enemy-held, and enemy-dominated lands. 1. To slow down labor, employed in munition plants producing for the enemy, 2. To encourage sympathy for allied war aims and toleration for allied war acts, such as bombings of munition plants.
Document 3 8 May 1942 Letter from Allen W. Dulles (COI New York) to COI William J. 2 The timeliness of the program outlined depends largely upon the accuracy of the analysis of the present situation in Germany, As set forth in this memorandum this picture is somewhat more optimistic from our point of view than I would have judged it to be, but Berle, of course, has access to material not available to roe, Certainly the time will come when a propaganda drive based on a comprehensive statement to be made by the President should be undertaken.
In Sweden as well as in Switzerland contacts may be reorganized from reliable elements of the labor organizations like the Swiss Social Democratic party or the Swedish Social Democratic party. There have always been individuals, particularly in the youth groups of these parties who were working together with the border organizations of the German underground movement before the German expansion. 5 The same is true for unoccupied and occupied France. ) Another branch to develop would be a careful investigation of contact possibilities with anti-Nazi personalities and groups in South America.