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Report: US Gave Nazis 'Safe Haven'
DOJ findings on Nazis in America after war
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User | Suggested by Nemesis
Posted Nov 14, 2010 6:16 AM CST
SS officers socializing in their retreat at Solahutte outside of Auschwitz, Poland in 1944.   (AP Photo/USHMM)

(Newser) – In the aftermath of World War II, numerous Nazis turned to an unlikely safe haven: the United States of America. The New York Times has obtained a hotly sought-after Justice Department report, which Justice itself tried to block for four years, that details the US government's twisted and complex past with Nazis and their collaborators. Among its most damning disclosures is the extent to which the CIA knowingly allowed Nazi scientists to enter the US. "America, which prided itself on being a safe haven for the persecuted, became—in some small measure—a safe haven for persecutors as well,” it reads.

The report, for instance, alleges that CIA officials worked with Otto Von Bolschwing, an associate of Adolph Eichmann. It also tells the story of Arthur Rudolph, a Nazi scientist who was brought to the US for his rocket-making expertise and was later honored by NASA. A 1949 Justice Department memo urges immigration to let Rudolph into the US from Mexico, saying refusal to do so "would be to the detriment of the national interest.” Justice emphasizes that the report is not official and contains many errors; it did not specify for the Times what those errors are. For the entire 617-page report, click here.

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Kookey90
Nov 15, 2010 12:57 AM CST
Hmmm, must be a real slow day in the newsroom.
stevsie
Nov 14, 2010 5:08 PM CST
no fucking shit.
Newer_Used
Nov 14, 2010 5:01 PM CST
This qualifies as news because, as the article says, the NYT has actually obtained the "smoking gun" document about Nazis given asylum in the US.