Timeline Supplement to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye by proxy unveils the dark roots of Silicon Valley by Quinton Mitchell.

TIMELINE: CORRELATING DATES FROM J.D. SALINGER AND THE NAZIS BY EBERHARD ALSEN AND THE BEAST REAWAKENS BY MARTIN A. LEE TO STUDY MY THEORY THAT J.D. SALINGER’S CATCHER IN THE RYE WASN’T A “MIND CONTROL” BOOK BUT RATHER A BLEAK EXISTENTIAL POWERFUL NOVELLA SERVING AS AN ANALOGY FROM SALINGER’S DAYS AS AN ARMY CIC AGENT WHICH THEN STARTED A CULTURAL REVOLUTION (WITH SOME INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE). by Q. Mitchell

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*** SIDE NOTES UNRELATED BUT RELATED, YET NOT INTENDED TO DISTRACT FROM THIS PIECE *** The Cold War was definitely real but more fuzzy that what we’re told. It’s my opinion that the Cold War was planned all along as being essential to the power vacuum created in the aftermath of World War II, which in itself was planned largely by British and American elites and industrialists engaged in Trans-Atlantic commerce (e.g., many American’s had industry in Germany and some German executives of these businesses would join the Nazi Party). The ultimate intention of the Cold War in my view is that it was about controlling the world’s energy markets in the wake of WW2 by dividing the world along two spheres of influence. I say this because before WWI in areas such as Baku, Azerbaijan, Royal Dutch Shell, Anglo Dutch Shell, Nobel Oil, and the oil holdings of the French Rothschild dynasty inhabited this area, yet, a suspicious character emerged on the scene, whom had previously lived in Vienna not too far from future leaders such as Hitler and Tito, and this man was Josef Stalin. With the West supporting the Bolshevik revolution as a secret distance, they were able to not only take out the vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire (Austrian-Hungarian Empire and Germany) but also the Russian Empire. Kaiser Wilhem’s (King George’s cousin) allies in the Ottomans were beat and this cleared the land of Palestine for the Rothschild who were loyal to the British Empire (Members of Parliament, investors in DeBeers Diamonds with Cecil Rhodes, lenders during the Napoleonic Wars with Duke Wellington, and lawyers who acquired the Suez Canal). Czar Nicolas was also King George’s cousin. So the West Anglo American crew not only saw overthrow and war as vital for a balance-of-power, but from a royal angle, it was vital to severe Russia, since Russian nobility had many ties to German nobility and such as alliance as what Otto von Bismarck wanted, would’ve created an empire from Central Europe to the Pacific Ocean. A brilliant move of chess largely by the British policy makers of King George, whom together with the Rothschild and banking houses of the US and Europe, it helped to foster the geopolitical tension that would develop into WW2. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the oil interests that weren’t nationalized where handed over Standard Oil of the Rockefeller Dynasty. Further, energy prices played a strong role in the Cold War because soon after WW2 ended, the Western powers quickly swept into the Middle East seeing the rise of an infant Israel, revolutions in Egypt and Iran, and the opening of Saudi oil interests via the Getty Oil family. It is also important to note that Marxism came from England and Germany via Engels and Marx, and not from Russia, and Marx built his treatise on a post-Hegelian analysis of dialectical materialism, plausibly inspired by the revolutionary sentiments of the earlier French Revolution with its emphasis on Jacobism and Masonic orders committed to Enlightenment ideals. Many intellectuals in the US and UK supported Marxism, just as many supported Capitalism (Liberal Democracy) and Fascism. The synthesis of these behind the door power struggles would manifest themselves into 3rd Way economic thinking. Stalin and Lenin were at first propped up by the West in something akin to regime change that we see today throughout the world, yet, Stalin knowing not to trust the West entirely, started breaking from the “larger picture” and imposed anti-West policy. This unpredictability of the Soviets caused the Western establish to go Cold on Russia and vice versa, yet, throughout the Cold War you had intelligence assets sympathetic to Communism but also certain elites wanting softer tension with Russia.

NOTE AND EUREKA MOMENT: Henry Kissinger served in the CIC same as JD Salinger but they were in two different detachments with Kissinger near Hesse and Salinger towards Bavaria. Yet, Kissinger served in the 970th Counter Intelligence Corps. I remembered back to a CIA document (available to the public) I read a while ago, by Michael C. Ruffner, that dealt with how the SSU, the precursor to the CIA, and successor to the OSS, started linking up with Soviet defectors but many were hard-line nationalist and antisemties. This falls in line with the policy of Allen Dulles who absorbed the Nazi intel apparatus into the CIA’s ranks, and gave them immunity in Germany, USA, Europe, and their hideaways in Latin America. Kissinger’s unit is brought up with, “Lt Col. Ellington D. Golden, Region IV, 970th CIC Detachment, to Commanding Officer, 970th CIC Detachment, “Hrynioch, Ivan,” 18 November 1947, (C), enclosing Special Agent Camille S. Hajdu, Memorandum for the Officer in Charge, “Hrynioch.17 November 1947, (C), in ivan firynioch, Dossier XE-20-19•66, Investigative Records Repository, US Army Intelligence and Security Command, Fort George G.Meade, Maryland (hereafter cited by dossier number, IRR, INSCOM).” (Ruffner, 1998).

From my research it seems safe to say that Salinger had no major role in knowing the OSS/SSU later CIA and other parts of the CIC in helping Nazis and European Nationalists which would create the intel network in Cold War Europe and Stay Behind Units. As a lowly corporal and later Sergeant, Salinger had his own inner demons, though he was privy to the fact that his CIC Nazi hunting was in vein. Yet, Kissinger, on the other hand likely played more of a prominent role in establishing these Far Right networks since his 970th CIC unit is mentioned in a CIA release by Michael C. Ruffner (1998) detailing how Frank Wisner took CIC information to run reports on how to establish and use emirges or “cells” in Europe to fight the Communists. Yet, these units, which had rival ethnic ties, a legacy of antisemitism, and many fought for the Nazis would go to inspire lingering antisemitism in the West. But, remember, Kissinger is Jewish and later as Secretary of State, a powerful role in the Cold War, he must have known that the CIA was utilizing far-right Pro Nazi forces across the globe for clandestine operations. Even, Mossad, would tap into such networks when the time was right such as the utilization of Otto Skorzeny for the assassination of German scientists helping the Egyptians (many had worked with Paperclip scientists who were sent to the USA). By the time Salinger landed back in the USA with his German wife in 1947, his work may have been referenced, but he was largely remove from the works of the CIA which picked up around 1947 to 1951. However, there were CIC agents and CIA agents still hunting Nazis, meaning there was internal politics going on, and I wonder if Salinger even kept up with any veteran friends and if any complaints were shared. Regardless, Salinger’s war-time experiences near battles and as a CIC agent had already likely given him enough jaded and nihilistic rage to manifest itself passively via the character of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, i.e., phonies, are the top brass and intel community.

The CIC seems to have been coopted by the intel community, likely via the officer class’s relationship with the intel community (Ivy League, etc), and Kissinger’s unit of the 970th may have been one of those. Klaus Barbie himself was a CIC informant and a British “agent” had testified on behalf of Otto Skorzeny, illuminating that Dulles, the OSS, MI6, and British and American elites wanted the Nazis to be “sparred” after the war. Wisner’s recommendation of using Soviet defectors (while secretly using Nazi defectors under Allen Dulles direction) also signs like back to Lee’s (1997) book about how the Nazi intel community sided with the West but also the Soviets, thus giving themselves more leverage in proving how important their continuity would be to the CIA. It’s also important to know that Frank Wisner would later kill himself after his career took a dive after his association with the Cambridge Five scandal of Kim Philby. The Cambridge Five believed Marxism-Leninism was the best political system and the best way to fight fascism. Thus, such facts calls into question how Cold exactly was the Cold War. For example, Ivy Lee, The Rockefeller Family’s media fixer, visited Russia in the early 20th century and wanted improved cooperation with Russia, and later David Rockefeller would help set up the first American bank in Russia during the 1970s, plus, sitting on economic boards assessing Russia’s banking infrastructure not far after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Relating to how the Nazi intel community used Soviet and Western allegiances to their advantages, Lee (1997) states, “The Americans also tried to recruit Skorzeny’s partner from the July 20 affair, Major General Otto Ernst Remer. But Remer spurned the offers, opting instead to collaborate with the Soviets during the Cold War. Those who looked to the East after the Third Reich fell took their historical cue from Bismarck, the Prussian realpolitiker who unified Germany “by blood and iron” in 1871. Bismarck insisted that Germany must align with Russia, its proximate and mineral-rich neighbor. This was also Remer’s wholehearted belief” (p. 6). It should be of note that this West East Fascist Intel dynamic still holds sway because East Germany to do this day, which isn’t as economically prosperous as the West, is still open for Russian influence particularly as it pushes far-right ideology.

A big question that seems unanswered is did J.D. Salinger keep up with any of his old Counterintelligence buddies, despite his elusive persona? With Salinger being back in the states by 1947, right as the CIA was being born and utilizing the Gehlen Organization to set up West German intelligence, it makes you wonder if Salinger ever kept up with any of his old troop buddies. Did they know something, especially that the CIC’s mission was shifting from Nazi Hunting to Anti-Communism and this meant many Nazis were being used by the CIA? J.D. Salinger according to the book by Alsen (2018) illuminates a picture of Salinger seeing Nazi hunting as futile, but is it possible his experiences, plus, maybe the rumors of his CIC peers, helped inspire the negative energy found in Holden Caulfield. “Phonies” serve as the CIC top brass, OSS, etc. Ironically, when Ronald Reagan was almost assassinated by a fan of Catcher in the Rye, Reagan’s secretary, Helen Von Damme, had ties to former Nazis such as Otto Von Bolschwing. I’m not making a direct connection, but with Salinger’s later use of Hinduism and yoga, it seems like the universe dished out a dose of cosmic karma.

Salinger served with the Twelfth Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division, 4th CIC detachment, of the United States Army, having landing at D-Day on Utah Beach (yet, landed with the 8th Infantry Regiment at 0645), witnessed the pre-D-day friendly fire disaster at Slatpon Sands (Exercise Tiger), Liberation of Paris (Salinger’s 4th Infantry Division were the first to enter), dealt with the friendly fire accident at Saint Lo, and was near action in the Battle of Bulge campaigns such as the Hurtgen Forest (Kurt Vonnegut was taken POW. 12th Infantry has 3,142 troops but came out with 1,493 casualties) and Echternach (the 12th Infantry lost a whole company) near Luxembourg City. The 4th Infantry Division comprised the 8th, 4th, and 22nd Infantry Regiments. Each regiment had 3,200 men divided into 3 battalions, but the battalions were divided into 4 rifle companies. As separate auxiliary attachments there was an engineering, medical, quartermaster, HQ (which includes the CIC detachment). Salinger was a Sergeant and Corporal. The CIC unit has two officers and fifteen enlisted men. CIC members didn’t wear rank or insignia and carried a .45 caliber handgun, but also reviewed the work of the Military Police. Towns Salinger’s division were at included Zweifall, Saint Martin, Beuzeville au Plain, Saint Lo, Luxembourg, Nuremberg etc. Later his CIC detachment set up offices at Villa Oberwegner. He married in Pappenheim.

My excavation of this subject is based on two things. 1) From a clinical psychology perspective of helping people because I feel the Catcher in the Rye reveals the type of nihilism and existentialism associated with feelings of modern alienation, attention seeking, and feeling lost especially among boys/men who tend to have a hard time dealing with the larger questions of life especially once the notion of utility is mechanized or dictated by corporate images, and are more prone to compensate for such voids with a type of misdirected hyper masculinity leading to violence rather than holistic practices. For example, mass shooters for instance can be or have been compared to people like Holden Caulfield. Yet, Holden as a character who is deeply wounded I see a person worth saving, helping, and assisting. The existential underpinnings of Catcher in the Rye foreshadowed the inevitable shift towards a nihilistic epoch largely produced by a sense of general relativity which in my opinion was created by the hyper-reality of post-capitalism (so I’m at odds with self-ascribed classical liberal gurus such as Jordan B. Peterson), e.g., mass media, life mimicking art rather than art mimicking life, cerebral marketing techniques meant to manipulate the human psyche including sex drives, the erosion of social units due to division-of-labor, financialization, extreme globalization without mitigation protocols in place, i.e., safety nets, and ultimately the reduction of the human soul into material on a type of Darwinist evolutionary trajectory of the strongest survives – a notion with prevails in our culture regardless of political affiliation. 2) To understand history and how the world works such as my analysis on what I call the ACZS Network (Anglo-American Continental Zionist Saud). The group which really runs the world and has run the world since WW2. A group of competing factions in a type of cabal mafia network who cooperate, share ideas, but share a common goal of dominating the majority of humans. Yet, as times change, I’ve noticed the slow entry of Russia into the network and I warn that the style of its entry, with it being far-right, can have grave consequences for the notion of the liberal democracy and the freedoms we value.

** NOTE ** Max Von Hohenloe is mentioned in this timeline and he was referenced in Lee’s (1997) book. This Max von Hohenloe must be Prince Max Egon zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1897-1968), and not be confused with the other Max von Hohenloe (1931-1994). The Hohenloe family had many branches which included the Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst. The Schillingfurst branch included Stephanie von Hohenloe who is allegedly from a Jewish common family who married into the Hohenloe, which is more of a common practice than talked about, such as parts of the House of Löwenstein-Wertheim. Stephanie von Hohenloe was a Nazi spymaster, awarded a medal by Hitler, and went to England to spy and seduce some members of the English far right aristocracy. This is where groups such as the Cliveden Set of Lady Astor but also Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, a tabloid publisher sympathetic to Fascism. Her intrigues were during the time of Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler which compelled him to invade other nations.

December 1942: Walter Schellenberg, head of the SD (SS foreign intelligence service) who also happened to be a director of ITT’s German subsidiary came in December 1942 when he dispatched Prince Max von Hohenloe, a Prussian aristocrat and businessman, to Bern to se whether a rapprochement with the United States was possible. (Lee, p. 19)

September 12, 1943: [Otto Skorzeny saves Mussolini] On September 12, 1943, they swooped upon the mountain stronghold, stormed the Hotel Camp Imperatore, where the Duce was incarcerated, and plucked him from captivity. With little time to spare, Mussolini and Skorzeny piled into a light reconnaissance plane. The pilot used the sudden, thousand foot drop off the side of the mountain to gather speed. When it pulled out of dive, the plane barley cleared the trees below. An unshaven Mussolini turned white from vertigo. With tears streaming down his cheeks, the Duce proclaimed en route to a reunion with the Fuhrer, “I knew my friend Adolf Hitler would not leave me in the lurch.” (Lee, p. 17-18)

July 20, 1944: Adolf Hitler and his top military advisors had gathered at the Wolf’s Lair, the Fuhrer’s headquarters in East Prussia, for an early-afternoon strategy session on July 20, 1944. They were listening to Lieutenant General Adolf Heusinger, chief of operations of the Wehrmacht (German army), deliver a bleak reports about Germany’s latest misfortunes on the eastern front. Suddenly a violent explosion hurled everyone onto the floor. Writhing and coughing amid thick smoke and dust, several German officers could hear Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel shout, “Wo ist der Fuhrer?” (“Where is the Fuhrer?”) (Lee, p. 3)

August 10, 1944: On August 10, 1944, twenty days after the abortive coup attempt, sixty-seven prominent German industrialists – including leaders of Messerschmitt, Krupp, Volkwagenwerk, and other major companies – gathered at the Hotel Maison Rouge in Strasbourg. During the top-secret conclave, they made preparations “for the economic campaign which will follow the end of the war,” according to the minutes to the meetings, which were subsequently discovered by the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. Conference records indicate that the participants had agreed to shift a prodigious amount of Nazi loot to neutral countries. Some Nazi firms would be relicensed outside Germany in order to dodge reparations claims the minutes noted, “so that after the defeat a strong, new Reich can be built” (Lee, p. 22)

September 1944: By September 1944, there were several confirmed reports that German submarines were taking both people and plundered capital from Spain to South America. (Lee, p. 22)

September 1944: In September 1944, when Hungary’s dictator, Admiral Miklos Horthy, a Nazi ally, was on the verge of suing for peace with Russia as Axis fortunes plunged, Skorzeny led a contingent of Special Forces into Budapest to kidnap Horthy and replace his government with the more hard-line Fascist Arrow Cross regime. That regime, in turn, went on to kill or to deport to concentration camps tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews who had managed to survive the war up to that point. (Raviv & Melman, 2016)

December 7, 1944: Salinger’s boss, Captain Oliver Appleton, reported that “Agents of this detachment took over the duties of the 83rd CIC Detachment in the City of Luxembourg” and that “offices were established at Mondorf, Senningen, and Junglinster”  (Alsen, p. 77, para 2)

December 16-24, 1944: The Battle of Luxembourg cost Salinger’s Twelfth Infantry Regiment almost as many casualties as the Battle of the Hurtgen Forests. The regiment was especially hard hit during the action around the town of Echernach. The town is located on the Sauer River, twenty-one miles northeast of Luxembourg City. During the Echternach battle – which raged from December 16 to 24, 1944 – the Twelfth Regiment lost a whole company that was taken prisoner by the Germans. But the regiment held the town and prevented the Wehermacht from advancing toward the city of Luxembourg. The Battle of Echternatch was part of Field Marshall Gerd von Rundstedt’s preparation for the Ardennes Offensive, also known as the Battle of the Bulge. (Alsen, p. 76, para 1).

January 1, 1945: Although little of the work of Salinger’s CIC detachment in Luxembourg was noteworthy, they did make one spectacular arrest whey they apprehended a Nazi spy outside the command post of the Eighth Regiment. This happened on January 1, 1945, a week after the Battle of Echternach. The spy’s name was Marcel Silberseisen, or perhaps Silbereisen, and his instructions were as follows: “Subject was…to find out especially how many armored units there were in the area, their unit numbers and strength in men and weapons, whether or not they were fully motorized, and their locations; also the location of any other units observed.” (Alsen, p. 78, para 2).

April 12, 1945: Roosevelt dies (Lee, p. 25)

April 27, 1945: Kaufering Lager IV was labeled the Krankenlager, the camp for the sick of the other ten Kaufering camps. But it was really an extermination camp because the sick prisoners, most of them Jews from Eastern Europe, did not receive any medical attention. Instead they were left to die from their sicknesses or from starvation. Soldiers of the US Army’s Twelfth Armored Division discovered Kaufering Lager IV around noon on April 27, 1945. At that time some of the camp’s building were still burning. On the previous day, April 26, the last eight hundred prisoners who were well enough to travel had been loaded onto railroad cattle cars to be transported to the main camp at Dachau. The morning of April 27, just before the SS guards abandoned the camp, they had a tank truck spray gasoline on the roofs of the eight earthen huts that housed the prisoners who were too sick to be evacuated. Then the SS set hose huts on fire. (Alsen, p. 83)

April 28, 1945: Salinger probably went to see the camp (Kaufering Lager IV, a concentration extermination camp for the sick). (Alsen, p. 83).

** The transcripts of the Dacau war crimes trials supply the most accurate Kaufering death count. According to those figures, Salinger would have seen the corpses of eighty-six prisoners who had been burned to death, plus 274 others of people had died from starvation or typhus or had been shot to death. (Alsen, p. 86)

** The astonishing thing about Salinger’s visit to the Kaufering concentration camp is that it did not result in a change of his nonjudgmental attitude towards Nazis or in the change of his negative attitude toward the war and the US Army (Alsen, p. 88)

May 13, 1945: Salinger’s May 13, 1945, letter to Elizabeth Murray shows that his nervous collapse had a more profound effect on his mind than mere despondency – that it impaired his judgement and his rationality. (Alsen, p. 95)

May 16, 1945: On May 16, 1945, he (Otto Skorzeny) emerged from the woods with a small group of German soldiers and strutted into the command post of the U.S. Thirtieth Infantry Regiment near Salzburg, Austria. (Lee, p. 26)

June 1945: Henry Kissinger (970th Counter Intelligence Corps) was made commandant of the Bensheim metro CIC detachment, Bergstrasse district of Hesse, with responsibility for de-Nazification of the district. (Isaacson, 1992)

July 1945: A week after the end of the war, Salinger suffered a mental collapse. But it took him two months, until July 1945, to seek help in the psychiatric ward of a civilian hospital. He mentions his nervous breakdown in a letter he wrote to Ernest Hemingway from that hospital… (Alsen, p. 89, para 1)

** In his letter to Hemingway, Salinger says that his nervous breakdown made him turn to “a General Hospital in Nuremberg.” Because in 1945 no other hospital in Nuremberg had a psychiatric clinic, that hospitals must have been the Klinikum Nord, then called the Allgemeines Stadtisches Krankenhaus, the Municipal General Hospital.

July 1945: In July 1945, two months after the end of the war, Dr. Ulrich Fleck, a prominent Nazi, still remained doctor of the psychiatric clinic at the Nuremberg hospital. Dr. Fleck’s file in Nuremberg City archived shows that he had been a Strumbannarzt (storm trooper doctor) of the paramilitary SA from 1933 to 1934, and a member of the Nazi Party from 1937-1945 (Alsen, p.91, para 1)

** And two of his letters from 1945 show that he came to see his Nazi hunting as a joke (Alsen, p. 110, para 4).

July 20, 1945: Operation Paperclip is initiated but wasn’t officially approved by President Truman until the next year.

September 1945: In September 1945, Skorzeny was escorted to Nuremberg, where the war crimes trials were about to begin (Lee, p. 30).

September 20, 1945: OSS disbanded, ironically enough, on September 20, 1945, the same day the Prussian spy chief (Reinhard Gehlen) arrived in the United States. (Lee, p. 34)

October 18, 1945: JD Salinger married the German, Slyvia Welter in Pappenheim, Germany by forging a French passport in order to get around fraternization laws. (Alsen, p. 102-103)

November 1945: By November 1945, when Salinger began his work as a special investigator, the chief responsibility of the CIC had become the denazification program. The program was created by the Allied Control Council even before Germany and Austria were completely occupied. The purpose of denazification was to remove all Nazi officials from positions of influence and to punish all former members of the Nazi Party from having supported an evil regime. The basic assumption behind denazification was that all Germans and Austrians were Nazis unless they could provide proof to the contrary. (Alsen, p. 111, para 1)

March 5, 1946: Originally, OMGUS (the Office of the Military Government, United States) tried to accomplish the task of denazification through special courts staffed by the divisional civilian affairs detachments of the US Army. But the courts could not keep up with the staggering number of former Nazis waiting for their trials. By March 1946, the military government’s judge advocate estimated that the number of persons in internment camps was 100,000, but the Denazification Policy Board believed that “the number to be tried might well be 500,000.” The military governor of the American Zone of Occupation, General Lucius Clay, reported to Washington that “even if the War Department were to send him 10,000 Americans for the purpose, he could not denazify the US Zone”. OMGUS resolved the dilemma by turning the denazification program over to the Germans. This happened during a ceremony at Munich City Hall on March 5, 1946. But the German denazification courts, or Spruchkammern, immediately developed a reputation for whitewashing former Nazi officials. This must have made Salinger realize that denazification was not working. (Alsen, p. 113-114).

April 1946: American intelligence had its first tentative encounter with Ukrainian emigre groups as early as April 1946, marking the beginnings of one of the earliest and most controversial covert action projects of the Cold War. The Strategic Services Unit (SSU. the successor to the wartime Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. and precursor to the Central intelligence Group and Central Intelligence Agency) learned about anti-Soviet Ukrainian resistance movements that continued after the war in Western Europe.’ Boleslav A. Holtsman, SSU’s X-2 (Counterintelligence) representative in Munich, became the primary American contact with Ukrainian leaders in the American zone in Germany

May 10, 1946: Jerry and Sylvia Salinger arrived in New York on the War Shipping Administration freighter Ethan Allen. On her immigration form, Slyvia again claimed French citizenship. (Alsen, p. 102)

July 1946: Upon returning to Germany in July 1946 (Reinhard Gehlen who had been at Fort Hunt, MD working for the Intel community) he immediately pulled together the makings of a sophisticated espionage apparatus known as “the Org” (Lee, p. 35)

1947: Gehlen’s spies would work initially for army intelligence and then for the CIA, which was founded in 1947. Supported by regular subsidies from U.S. taxpayers and wealthy German industrialists, he set up his base of operations inside a mysterious, high-walled compound near Munich that had once house that staff of Rudolf Hess and Martin Bormann, Hitler’s deputies (Lee, p. 35)

1947: By 1947, there had officially been “a change in emphasis,” according to a once-classified CIC report, “from the denazification mission to the collection of positive intelligence: – which meant that anti-Communism rather than Nazi hunting was now the guiding principles of CIC policy. To the extent CIC operatives continued to chase after Nazis, it was usually not to capture them but to recruit them (Lee, p. 36)

September 1947: Nevertheless, in September 1947 he (Otto Skorzeny) was acquitted of illegal actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a British officer testified that Skorzeny had done nothing that his Allied counterparts had not themselves considered or attempted. Despite the Dachau verdict, Hitler’s ace commando made a lasting impression on Eisenhower, who, as president of the United States, kept a photo of Skorzeny in the White House office (Lee, p. 33)

March 17, 1948: In early March 1948, Frank Wisner (University of Virginia Seven Society), a former OSS officer and a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, proposed that the State-Army-Navy-Air Force Coordinating Committee (SANACC) form an ad hoc committee to explore the use of Soviet exiles. Under the authority of NSC 4-A, SAN-ACC took up Wisner’s proposal and circulated his paper, “Utilization of Refugees from the Soviet Union in U.S. National Interest,” as SAN-ACC 395. Wisner proposed in SANACC 395 to “increase defections among the elite of the Soviet World and to utilize refugees from the Soviet. World in the national interests of the U.S.” The paper noted the great dissatisfaction of many Russians since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and the growth of Russian anti-Communism during the German occupation in World War H. Wisner believed that at least 700,000 Russians were scattered in European DP camps and elsewhere. This figure, Wisner claimed, represented “the potential nucleus of possible Freedom Committees encouraging resistance movements into the Soviet World and providing contacts with an underground.” According to Wisner, the United States remained “ill-equipped to engage in the political and psychological conflict with the Soviet World,” and the “Soviet satellite areas like the USSR are tending to become a terra incognito.” American ignorance of the Soviet Union in all fields and at all levels, he lamented,was profound and growing. (Ruffner, 1998)

October 1948: As a result of Frank Wisner’s SANACC 395. CIA undertook an-other study of the various emigre groups in Europe. Zsolt Aradi and Boleslav Holtiman had moved on to new assignments, and with CIA’s Office of Special Operations in Germany, now had the responsibility of assessing the Ukrainians… Completed his report, known as Project ICON in October 1948. The report drew from and updated Aradi’s earlier December 1946 work on Ukrainian nationalism. He based. his conclusions on the files of the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Munich and CIA records.”

1949: There were plenty of true believers in the CIA, which was given the green light to engage in political actions, propaganda, and paramilitary operations that relied heavily on the services of Gehlen and his “spooky Nazi outfit,” as one U.S. agent described it. The Org already employed four thousand Germans when it was bolted lock, stock, and barrel into the CIA in 1949. This was during the peak of the “Chicken Little” era of American espionage, when the sky was always on the verge of falling, or so it seemed. The Agency began shelling out what amounted to $200 million (some o fit siphoned from the Marshall Plan kitty) to satisfy the Org’s voracious, covert appetite (Lee, p. 37)

January 26, 1949: On January 26, 1949, a decree of the Family Court of Queens County, New York, annulled Salinger’s marriage to Slyvia Welter. (Alsen, p. 102)

1950: Gehlen’s biggest booster at the CIA was Allen Dulles, who started running off-the-shelf intelligence activities in Eastern Europe from the office of his Wall Street law firm before he formally joined the Agency in 1950 (Lee, p. 37)

July 1, 1951: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is published

August 23, 1951: Frank Wisner becomes Deputy Director of Plans of the CIA and is reported to have been instrumental in the Iran Revolution and Guatemala, etc.

February 2, 1954: Otto von Bolschwing arrives in the USA (Carey, 1981)

1962: Heinz Krug, a Nazi scientist who went to work for the Egyptians to help them develop rockets goes missing and was likely kidnapped by a team lead by Otto Skorzeny. “After Krug was shot, the three Israelis poured acid on his body, waited awhile and then buried what was left in a hole they had dug beforehand. They covered the makeshift grave with lime, so that search dogs — and wild animals — would never pick up the scent of human remains.” “During the war that ended 17 years earlier, Krug was part of a team of superstars at Peenemünde, the military test range on the coast of the Baltic Sea, where top German scientists toiled in the service of Hitler and the Third Reich. The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was proud to have engineered the rockets for the Blitz that nearly defeated England.” (Reviv and Melman, 2016)

November 27, 1962: Parcel sent to rocket scientist Wolfgang Pilz exploded in his office when opened on 27 November 1962, injuring his secretary. [Otto Skorzeny likely behind it after being recruited by Mossad in order to not be outed as a Nazi]

October 29, 1965: Frank Wisner kills himself

March 1969: Otto von Bolschwing got a job in high technology. He was retained as an international business consultant by TCI, the Sacramento firm. The company planned to commercialize on technology development in the Silicon Valley and used a few years earlier to monitor troop movements in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war according to the firm’s founder, Oswald S. Williams. TCI’s subsidiaries in Palo Alto and Mountain View, Advanced Information Systems and International Imaging Systems, were developing a high-volume computer network for business and a navigation system for oil tankers using satellite communications, Williams said.”

References:

Alsen, Eberhard (2018) J.D. Salinger and the Nazis. University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI). ISBN 978-0-299-31570-2

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