Author blames Vatican, Red Cross, Allies over Nazi escapes

A Harvard researcher claims thousands of potential Nazi war criminals and collaborators escaped after the Second World War with help from the Vatican and Red Cross and also assisted by the Allies. A Harvard researcher claims thousands of potential Nazi war criminals and collaborators escaped after the Second World War with help from the Vatican and Red Cross and also assisted by the Allies. Gerald Steinacher, author of Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Escaped Justice, probes newly opened files from the International Committee of the Red Cross and other war-era archives to reconstruct the strategies of evasion and routes to freedom used by potential war-crimes suspects, the Vancouver Sun reports. As many as 8,000 ex-Nazis, whose wartime activities should have been probed by Allied authorities, reached Canada or Britain by questionable means, Steinacher found, though even more made their way through Italy to Spain or South America to live out their lives. (…) “One cannot ignore the role of the Western Allies,” the author also writes, “particularly the involvement of the U.S. intelligence services in assisting refugees with a Nazi past and in recycling SS agents at the beginning of the Cold War” in the effort to combat “Communist expansion.”

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