Tangentially related, a WWII serial killer mystery
http://www.wtkr.com/news/offbeat/sns...,5124388.storyTOKYO (Reuters) - Nazi-occupied Paris was a terrible place to be in the waning days of World War Two, with Jews, Resistance fighters and ordinary citizens all hoping to escape. Disappearances became so common they often weren't followed up.
And one man used the lawlessness for his own terrible purposes, killing perhaps as many as 150 people.
Yet it wasn't until thick black smoke seeped into buildings in a fashionable part of the city that firefighters and police were called to an elegant townhouse where they found body parts scattered around -- setting off a manhunt that led them, eventually, to Marcel Petiot.
A secret plot by ex-Nazis, the Vatican, Spain, and even some in the United States to form a post-World War II military force to challenge Communist Russia's feared expansion into West Germany is going on the auction block next week.
OTTO SKORZENY'S "PLAN SKORZENY" - COLLABORATING WITH FRANCO, THE VATICAN AND EX-NAZI GENERALS TO BUILD A SECRET ARMY IN SPAIN
On Sep. 7, 1950 Otto Skorzeny, bearing a passport under the alias of "Hans Frey", met with ex-Wehrmacht Gen. Hans Speidel to discuss a matter of great importance to Skorzeny and many of his fellow ex-Nazis. On the very same day, he obtained a temporary visa to travel to Spain and on Sep. 16, 1950, Skorzeny entered Spain under an alias to begin a collaboration with Spain's top military leaders, ex-SS generals and officers, and even the highest levels of the Vatican to plan the formation of a secret army of ex-Nazis and Spanish military in Spain and North Africa, prepared at any time to counter a Russian attack from East Germany. This grouping of documents, directly from Skorzeny's estate, documents his efforts to form such an "army in exile", perhaps with even more sinister intent. Its contents have remained hidden for over sixty years, totally unknown to journalists and historians alike.
Peter Tindley, who has died aged 94, spent much of his career in south-east Asia; during the Second World War he made an epic journey from Thailand to safety in China, and later worked for MI6.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...r-Tindley.htmlAfter flying to India, Tindley was commissioned into 6th Field Regiment RA. He served in Baluchistan until 1943, when he was recruited by Inter Services Liaison Department (ISLD), the cover name used in south-east Asia by MI6.
Despite evidence of Japan’s imperial ambitions, the service had neglected its networks in the region during the interwar years. Much of the work of intelligence gathering there after 1940 was accordingly done by SOE, which had far better contacts with resistance groups and prominent local figures. As a result, relations between the two agencies were not cordial.
Most of ISLD’s attempts to insert agents focused on Burma, but Tindley was one of the few case officers working further afield. His first mission was to drop off two spies by submarine on to the island of Phuket. This was a hazardous business, and often a search by the Japanese security police would be sparked by the discovery of a dinghy on a beach. Tindley was then posted to southern China, one of MI6’s few strongholds in Asia, where he ran agents into Thailand and down the Indo-China coastline to spot and report on enemy shipping movements.
Audio atLegendary Soviet spy Gevork Vartanian, who helped foil a Nazi plot to kill Allied leaders in Tehran during World War II, has died in Moscow aged 87.
Operating in Tehran during World War II, he tracked German commandos who had arrived to attack a summit attended by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.
Realizing they were being followed, the Germans called off the attack.
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012/01/11/63677165.htmlGevork Vartanian was a true patriot and a bright personality, Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev stated when commemorating the legendary Soviet intelligence officer who died on January 11, aged 87.
Vartanian was responsible for a number of successful intelligence operations some of which still remain classified. Even the list of the countries where he worked remains top secret.
However, one of Vartanian’s operations is a living legend. He helped prevent a Nazi assassination plot on the leaders of the US, the UK and the USSR in Tehran in 1943. The 19-year old Vartanian’s opponent was Nazi number 1 spy Otto Skorzeny who was personally controlled by Hitler.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16515914Vartanian was born on 17 February 1924 in the south Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, into the family of an Iranian national of Armenian extraction. In 1930, the family moved to Tehran where the father, Andrei, served as a Soviet agent under a business cover.Following his father, Gevork became a Soviet agent in 1940 at the age of 16.
Interesting and related - anyone read it yet?
http://www.theaxmannconspiracy.com/A trusted member of Hitler's inner circle, Artur Axmann, the head of the Hitler Youth, witnessed the Führer commit suicide in Berlin—but he would not let the Reich die with its leader. Evading capture, and with access to remnants of the regime’s wealth, Axmann had enough followers to reestablish the Nazi party in the very heart of Allied-occupied Germany—and position himself to become dictator of the Fourth Reich.
U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Officer Jack Hunter was the perfect undercover operative. Fluent in German, he posed as a black marketeer to root out Nazi sympathizers and saboteurs after the war, and along with other CIC agents uncovered the extent of Axmann’s conspiracy. It threatened to bring the Nazis back into power—and the task fell to Hunter and his team to stop it.
The Axmann Conspiracy is the previously untold true story of the Nazi threat that continued in the wake of World War II, the espionage that defeated it, and two fascinating men whose lives forever altered the course of history.
The book "Das kahn doh nicht das ende sein" goes into a lot of detail. The "Conspiracy" book seems to be an attempt at making money by seemingly fictionalizing great chunks of history surrounding the "money" and "power" he allegedly had, and the guy who caught him. He didn't have access to a "Nazi fortune", there was little left that wasn't frozen in international accounts or in Allied hands. When he was arrested, he lost nearly everything he had because he had fines to pay based on his activities. But after the war, he was a very very successful businessman. Everything except the classified reports was freely available after the war. There was no attempt at hiding anything at the time, and he made no attempt to hide his activities either. He was just using a false name and trying to reach out to known base-level Nazis that weren't of interest to the Nuremberg trial process. The discovery of who he was, was completely accidental. They were looking for Bohrmann and found Axmann through the Nazi underground when someone was posing as a Nazi with money for Bohrmann.
The book reads like someone trying to make a buck out of taking what's already known and spinning a story around it that it was a great conspiracy when in fact it wasn't.