Revealed: The Middle East's Secret Army of Nazis

(Scotsman-UK) Allan Hall - Chilling details of a secret army of Nazis emigrating to the Middle East after the Second World War to become the nucleus of an Arab-led force to crush Israel have been revealed in Germany. Intelligence officers, SS generals, propaganda specialists and even Holocaust functionaries went to Egypt after the collapse of the Third Reich to continue to persecute Jews after a covert recruitment drive that was the brainchild of Egypt's King Farouk. "He commissioned a confidant to build a new army," researcher Geraldine Schwarz told Die Welt. The king's man was Adel Sabit, entrusted to build the anti-Israel force along with former Afrika Korps Lt.-Gen. Artur Schmitt. Schmitt had been living after the war in a Cairo hotel under the name of Goldstein. His orders were to recruit his countrymen with the aim of building a million-strong army. In addition, Mahmout Sabit, the cousin of Adel Sabit, said Syria hired 50 Nazis between 1948-9, including many former SS soldiers, to help mold its army and intelligence service. One of the men brought to Syria was Walter Rauff, who at war's end was the SS security chief for northern Italy. He was a wanted war criminal who helped develop mobile gas-wagons to kill Jews.

2015-02-27 00:00:00

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