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How Nazi Germany’s ‘most diabolical’ SS officer evaded postwar justice

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One of Nazi Germany’s top Holocaust perpetrators traded rocket-making secrets for freedom, according to an investigator who researched the postwar trail of SS general Hans Kammler for more than a decade.

During the Third Reich, Kammler oversaw construction of the concentration camp system, including the killing facilities at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Later in the war, he took over Germany’s “secret weapons” program, forcing tens of thousands of laborers to construct and live in underground factories.

“The Holocaust would not have been as ‘efficient’ were it not for Kammler,” said Dean Reuter, author of “The Hidden Nazi: The Untold Story of America’s Deal with the Devil,” recently published in paperback. “He was integral to the evolution of mass murder.”

For decades, it was assumed Kammler died by suicide or was killed shortly after liberation in April 1945. Reuter’s book, however, demonstrates that Kammler was “delivered” to US authorities by rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, who feared Kammler’s secrets — and colleagues — would fall into Russian hands.

“Kammler and the Americans created the deal wherein he gave them the rocket team and they erased his past,” Reuter told The Times of Israel. “As part of that deal, we covered up his death and the world accepted that he died,” said Reuter, whose book was published in hardcover in 2019.

Opening with the hypothesis that Kammler did not commit suicide but relocated to South America, Reuter examined records showing Kammler was questioned by top American investigators in November 1945. Although von Braun possessed scientific know-how, Kammler — as von Braun’s direct superior — knew a lot more about stashed-away personnel, supplies, and documents.

“[Kammler’s] knowledge is probably only second........

© The Times of Israel

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