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The Pope Wanted Hitler Dead

The Catholic Church is doing some serious rehabilitation of its tarnished public image and to go along with all of Pope Francis’s liberal views comes word that the Church wasn’t pro-Hitler after all. Salon brings us an excerpt from “Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler” by Mark Riebling:

At six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peter’s. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius took his place at the end, borne on a portable throne. Ostrich plumes stirred silently to either side, like quotation marks.


Pius entered the basilica to a blare of silver trumpets and a burst of applause. Through pillars of incense he blessed the faces. At the High Altar, attendants placed on his shoulders a wool strip interwoven with black crosses.

Outside, police pushed back the crowds.

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Holocaust Archaeology: A Harrowing Investigation into Treblinka

It’s hard to believe that Holocaust denialism is still a thing but this is the internet. And it is still a thing.


Forensic Magazine offers a profile of a forensic archaeologist searching for clues at the infamous Treblinka concentration camp:

For Caroline Sturdy Colls, a British archaeologist, what lies in that soil at Treblinka tells the story of perhaps the greatest crime of the 20th century. She tells part of that story in a new book, and an exhibit at the site, both unveiled this year.

Sturdy Colls and a colleague excavating the site at Treblinka.

Sturdy Colls and a colleague excavating the site at Treblinka.

“I view the Holocaust as a crime,” she toldForensic Magazine in an exclusive interview. “You can consider the sites [across Europe] as one big crime scene…

“There’s almost a social responsibility, to forensic archaeologists in particular who have got the skill sets in terms of investigating crimes, to apply those to the investigation of the Holocaust,” she added.

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British Historian Says Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany

Marion Doss (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Marion Doss (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Did Hitler die? Or did he escape? British historian, Gerrard Williams, maintains that there’s been a large cover-up and that Hitler actually escaped Germany.

PTI via First Post:

Gerrard Williams claims that official records confirming the deaths of Hitler and his wife Eva Braun are seriously flawed as the Russians’ failed to announce they had found the body of the infamous dictator.

“I believe that in April 1945 the real Hitler along with Eva Braun were spirited out of the bunker where they escaped. They did not die, we were lied to, we’re still being lied to,” said Williams, a journalist, author and historian.

“It is supported by eyewitnesses who actually never saw anybody get shot. They never see the Fuhrer and Eva go into his private quarters in the bunker. They see bodies coming out but nobody ever see Hitler and Eva dead,” Williams said.

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Espionage Threatened the Manhattan Project, Declassified Report Says

Manhattan Project Site -- '109 East Palace Avenue Santa Fe (NM)' 2013 by Ron Cogswell via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

Manhattan Project Site — ‘109 East Palace Avenue Santa Fe (NM)’ 2013 by Ron Cogswell via Flickr. (CC by 2.0)

via NYTimes:

In December 1945, four months after atomic bombs brought an end to World War II, the United States Army published a secret report on security surrounding the Manhattan Project, the vast government effort that developed them.

Finally declassified last month by the Department of Energy, the report concludes that the project was “more drastically guarded than any other highly secret war development.”

But it also makes clear that the effort was dogged by leaks and espionage, and it reveals a huge blind spot on the government’s part: a lack of awareness that a wartime ally, the Soviet Union, was bent on stealing Manhattan Project secrets and developing its own nuclear bombs.

From 1943 through 1945, investigators cataloged 1,500 leaks, 200 acts of sabotage and 100 confirmed cases of espionage, but maintained that their diligence “prevented the passing of any substantial amount of project information.”

Some of the episodes were serious.

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Book Claims Adolph Hitler Escaped To Brazil And Died In 1984

hitlerIs the photo at right of a man known as Adolph Leipzig none other than der Führer? A Brazilian researcher as been granted permission to conduct genetic testing in an effort to prove her theory, the Daily Mail reports:

A startling new book claims Adolf Hitler actually escaped his hideout and died incognito in 1984 in a small town near Brazil’s border with Bolivia – and it can be proved by a picture.

The author believes the Fuhrer fled to Argentina before settling in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso to hunt for buried treasure – with a map given to him by Vatican allies. As part of his elaborate ruse to escape detection, he also had a relationship with a black woman called Cutinga.

Post-graduate student Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias has outlined her bizarre theory [in her] book, titled ‘Hitler in Brazil – His Life and His Death’.

She claims he may have lived as Adolf Leipzig in the small Brazilian town of Nossa Senhora do Livramento.

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The U.S. Goverment Lobotomized Thousands Of World War II Soldiers With PTSD

margraten-cemeteryThe Wall Street Journal on a forced frontal lobotomy as a grim cure for the horrors of war:

The orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned Roman Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot, to the floor, he recalls. He fought so hard that eventually they gave up. But the orderlies came for him again on Wednesday, July 1, 1953, a few weeks before his 30th birthday. This time, the doctors got their way.

The U.S. government lobotomized roughly 2,000 mentally ill veterans—and likely hundreds more—during and after World War II, according to a cache of forgotten memos, letters and government reports unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. Besieged by psychologically damaged troops returning from the battlefields of North Africa, Europe and the Pacific, the Veterans Administration performed the brain-altering operation on former servicemen it diagnosed as depressives, psychotics and schizophrenics, and occasionally on people identified as homosexuals.

The VA’s practice sometimes brought veterans relief from their inner demons.

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The Nazis’ Bizarre Plan To Breed Giant Angora Rabbits

angora rabbitsSecret Nazi pets, as revealed by the Daily Mail:

A bizarre Nazi plan to breed giant Angora rabbits in concentration camps to provide fur-lined clothing for Hitler’s armed forces has been unearthed in a German archive.

‘Operation Munchkin’, as it was known, was the brainchild of sinister S.S. chief Heinrich Himmler who was had a career as a trained chicken farmer before he became the architect of the Holocaust.

He ordered a breeding programme for the rabbits and specified that they were to be raised in luxury just yards away from the where crimes against humanity was taking place.

The plans were detailed the ‘Angora book’ which was discovered hidden at Himmler’s home on the fringes of the Tegernsee lake in Bavaria in 1945. A chart in his book counted 6,500 rabbits by the end of 1941 and 25,000 by 1943.

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