Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Otto Skorzeny Was Working For Who After World War 2?

Otto Skorzeny, a committed Nazi SS commando extraordinaire had quite an interesting wartime career and post-war.

Much of his post-war career is shrouded in mystery.

A new revelation sheds some light on what he was doing and most importantly for whom, likely much to the chagrin of the Neo-Nazi set that tends to venerate him.

Haaretz: The Strange Case of a Nazi Who Became an Israeli Hitman

. . . the most astounding revelation is the Mossad agent who fired the fatal gunshots: Otto Skorzeny, one of the Israeli spy agency’s most valuable assets, was a former lieutenant colonel in Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS and one of Adolf Hitler’s personal favorites among the party’s commando leaders. The Führer, in fact, awarded Skorzeny the army’s most prestigious medal, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, for leading the rescue operation that plucked his friend Benito Mussolini out from the hands of his captors.

So Hitler's top commando was recruited and working for the Mossad after the war? Mind boggling, and quite the case of strange bedfellows indeed.


Murphy's Law said...

He also worked for the IRA and the PLO after he finished helping Nasser stage a coup in Egypt against the guy that the CIA sent him there to support. He'd work for anyone who paid him in the 50's and 60's and he was very good at what he did. Scary, interesting guy. Died of cancer in 1975.

Expatriate Owl said...

Once way back when, I went to hear Simon Wiesenthal speak; he commented to our group about how so many Nazis would turn on their own for such relatively low sums of money. The Skorzeny story would not have fazed Wiesenthal in the least.

Comrade Misfit said...

My mind is officially blown.

Seems that Skorzeny loved the game more than who he played for,

Aaron said...

ML: He's got quite an interesting history, much of it still unknown I'm sure.

Expat Owl: Habing a NAzi sent out to kill other Nazis is rather poetic justice.

Comrade Misfit: It is certainly an unexpected revelation.