The Chabad Lubavitch Hassidic movement has requested that Yad Vashem recognize Nazi Admiral Wilhelm Canaris as a Righteous Gentile. Chief of the Abwehr, the Nazi intelligence service, Canaris played a key role in saving the lives of the Chabad Rebbe Yitzhak Yosef Schneerson and his family along with an estimated 500 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 according to numerous testimonies. Canaris has also been credited with using his position to convince Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco to stay out of the war and to stop a kidnapping and murder plot ordered by Hitler against Pope Pius XII and Italian King Victor Emanuel II after the 1943 Nazi occupation of Rome.
Chuck Morse, radio talk show host and author of the recently released book Was Hitler a Leftist?and of the previously released book The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism published by WND Books contends that the refusal of Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Studies establishment to recognize Wilhelm Canaris as a Righteous Gentile is due to their concern that such recognition might open a can of worms on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration and its conduct during World War II.
Admiral Canaris met with American Ambassador to Turkey George H. Earle in Istanbul, 1942. Speaking on behalf of an impressive array of high ranking German military and civilian officials he offered to have Hitler surrounded in his bunker, arrested, and sent to the west for trial as a war criminal. He stated that an armistice with a German provisional government would include the complete withdrawal of Germany from occupied Europe and a holding of a line against Soviet aggression by Germany on the eastern front with the help of the allies.
At the time Allan Dulles, who was the OSS chief in Switzerland, was reporting to FDR on the activities of these same anti-Nazi Germans who were looking for allied support. Dulles noted, in his book Germany’s Underground published in 1947, that the Allies supported every anti-Nazi group in occupied Europe during the war except for the German anti-Nazis. Earle, Dulles and others were ignored by the Roosevelt Administration. In his book, Dulles names the anti-Nazi conspirators and they included such prominent German figures as General Ludwig Beck, Carl Frederick Gerderler, Ulrich von Hassell, Johannes Popitz, General Kurt von Hammerstein and General Erwin von Witzleben. Indeed, in March 1947, the New York Times broke the story with the headline: Full Story of anti-Hitler plot shows that Allies refused to Assist. Why then did FDR refuse to help these anti-Nazi Germans end the war as they were reaching out as early as 1943?
Incontrovertible evidence now exists that includes congressional testamony from several reliable witnesses, the recently de-classified Verona decryptions which were secret communications between the Soviets and their American agents during the war and the opening of Soviet Archives after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that FDR was virtually surrounded by pro-Soviet spies, dupes, operatives and agents of influence. These included his virtual co-president Harry Hopkins, Assistant Secretary of State Alger Hiss, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Harry Dexter White, White House economic advisor Laughlin Currie, foreign policy advisor Laurence Duggan, Virginias Frank Coe and many others marbled throughout virtually every department of the Roosevelt Administration including the OSS and the Office of War Information. Harry Hopkins and Laughlin Curry lived in the White House just down the hall from FDR. Meanwhile his wife Eleanor wrote published paeans to “Uncle Joe” Stalin.
Archival evidence indicates that the Soviet’s wanted the war to continue long enough for them to conquer Eastern Europe and in order for Germany to be utterly destroyed or “pastoralized” which was called for in the Morgenthau Plan which was actually written by Soviet spy Harry Dexter White. The Soviets were also clamoring for a “second front” in France in order to deflect the allies out of Italy and the Balkans which was too close to Russia.
Yad Vashem, in their justification for refusing to recognize Wilhelm Canaris as a Righteous Gentile, claimed that Canaris was too involved in the Nazi war effort at too high a level yet had Canaris been successful in his effort to end the war in 1943 hundreds of thousands of Allied lives would have been saved, the Holocaust would have been stopped thus saving possibly millions of Jews, the extermination of the Hungarian Jews would not have happened, and the Soviets would have been stopped dead in their tracks thus saving millions more from the scourge of decades of Communism. Now is the time to recognize the valiant and courageous actions of the Righteous Gentile Wilhelm Canaris, who was tortured and executed a week before the collapse of the Nazi regime. Now is also the time for a forthright rendering of the true history of World War II.
Chuck Morse is the host the radio talk show “Chuck Morse Speaks” which is nationally syndicated on the IRN/USA Radio Network Mon – Fri 10 AM – Noon ET. He is the author of books as well as columns that have been published in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, WND, Newsmax and Front Page. Chuck Morse received the 2003 Communicator of the Year award from the National Right to Work Committee and was named a “Heavy 100″ Radio Talk Host by Talkers Magazine. Morse ran for Congress in 2004 against Rep. Barney Frank in Massachusetts.
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