Blumenthal, Ralph. "C.I.A. Is Planning to Unlock Many Long-Secret Nazi Files," New York


Blumenthal, Ralph. "C.I.A. Is Planning to Unlock Many Long-Secret Nazi Files," New York
Times, 10 September 1992, p. B8.

There have been reports concerning "Operation Paperclip" in several different places. Paperclip
was the code name for the process of getting German scientists out of Germany and into the U.S.
immediately after WWII. The purpose of Paperclip was to keep German technology and
know-how out of the hands of the Russians; it was also designed to provide us with that same
technology and know-how. Thus the military made much of grabbing the Peenemunde rocket
scientists, including von Braun, and having them work in Alabama on our rocket program.
Indeed, this disgraceful episode of ours - wherein we disguised the pro-Nazi sympathies of
people we wanted (for several different reasons) - is being further exposed. Now the C.I.A. has
decided to make more of the story public.

"Recent years have brought disclosures that American intelligence protected such heinous killers
as Klaus Barbie, the head of the German secret police in Lyons, who deported French Jews to
Nazi death camps; covered up the German Army record of Kurt Waldheim, the former Secretary
General of the United Nations, and hired German scientists who had used slave labor and
experimented on concentration camp inmates.

"An agency official that the unit in charge of classifying secret material had been ordered ‘to
search for and review all such records, including those previously released only in part, for
declassification and transfer to the National Archives.'"

This declassification is mainly the work of Elizabeth Holtzman, a former Congressperson from
New York and now a candidate for nomination for the Senate seat held by D'Amato. She was
involved in getting this information to the public several years ago and this new information
comes to the public through Holtzman's office. She is quoted as saying "The United States
attitude toward Nazi war criminals after World War II is one of the most sordid chapters to our
nation's history."

What will emerge concerning German scientists that we don't already know? It might prove to be