How could Hitler’s henchmen have found a “safe haven” in the United States?
Full transparency is being demanded after a secret report revealed Nazis were “knowingly granted entry” to the US despite awareness of their pasts.
Obtained by the New York Times, the Justice Department document details what it calls Washington’s“collaboration with persecutors.”
“The government knows much more about the history of American collaboration with the Nazis than was previously acknowledged in this remarkable post World War Two period,” said Eric Lichtblau who wrote the New York Times article.
Nazi scientist Arthur Rudolph worked on rockets for Hitler’s Germany. Allowed into the US after the war, he was hailed as the father of the Saturn V rocket programme that took Americans to the moon. He was later forced to leave the country after his links to concentration camp labour were revealed.
“We are still covering up,” said Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League. “We are still hiding the role that some in our country played by some perverse sense of national interest. I think it is time that our country knew.”
The 600 page report dates from 2006. Ever since, the US Justice Department has tried to keep it secret.