Franz Kuhlmann was a naval officer seconded by Donitz in the dying days of World War 2 who, assuming Hitler did escape from Berlin, may have been a key liaison in this attempt. These excerpts are taken from Walter Kempowski’s Swansong.
I have just completed Thirty Four: The Key to Goering’s Last Secret by William Hastings Burke, possibly the most narcissistic and self-indulgent historical study ever published. It is about Albert, the brother of Hermann Goering, and his lobbying his brother to assist a few dozens of society prominents. Often these are cases who had multiple people lobbying for their relief or assisting people to emigrant when it was still official policy to encourage emigration. Some tales of resistance acts by Skoda officials are downright absurd and would find no collaboration in the archives of the victorious allies. Archduke Joseph Ferdinand was released from Dachau in April 1938, before Albert claimed to have lobbied for his release in May 1938; in any case mostly only communists were permanently detained in the wave of arrests in the aftermath of the Anschluss. However, in general Albert Goering comes across as a genuinely humane person, regime hostile and I am sure his efforts were gratefully appreciated by the recipients perhaps to the point of puffing up accounts of his activities after the war. As such, it is interesting to see the accounts Albert Goering gave concerning the Holocaust during his time in American captivity after the war.
Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, was sentenced to 7 years jail in Cairo for spreading false news. According to James Harding, Director of BBC Current Affaris and News, Peter Greste is “a hard-working, honourable journalist, with a track record of achievement….honestly practising his trade.” Which sounds terrible, however it might be worth testing what the BBC’s idea of a hard-working, honourable journalist honestly practising his trade actually is by examining how they dealt with the report of the recent OPCW fact-finding mission regarding chemical weapon usage in Syria. The BBC report can be read here while the actual report is uploaded here s-1191-2014_e_ .
The BBC relies heavily on Human Rights Watch for its information, who appear to be getting lazy in these days as they aren’t bothering to maintain simulacrum of credibility to their reports. HRW alleges these stills from a youtube video indicate chemical weapons use
One of the difficulties of Holocaust research is finding out what happened to the deported Jews after moving through the various transit camps of Poland. It really requires reading on odd places and making connections over time. For example, a single reference to Dutch Jews in the vicinity of Wilna in 1943 could be mistaken or happenstance. If you find another such reference in a completely independent source, then you have a strong indication that something has emerged out of the obscurity. (more…)