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Guess Who Found Hitler's "Last Will & Testament" !?
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:37:49 PM »
Hold on to your chairs, it was a Jewish chap!


Arnold Weiss, 86
German-born U.S. soldier found Hitler's last will and testament
   


Arnold Weiss stands in front of the wreckage of a Nazi plane in Germany in 1945. (Special To The Washington Post)
By T. Rees Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 10, 2010

For a half-century, Arnold Weiss was best known as a Washington lawyer and founder of an international investment group. Perhaps it was his desire "to build rather than destroy," to move beyond World War II and the memories it conjured, that kept him silent for so long about his clandestine wartime mission.

Mr. Weiss, who died of pneumonia Dec. 7 at 86 in Rockville, was the man who found Adolf Hitler's last will and political testament.

He grew up in a Jewish orphanage in Germany just as the Nazis were coming to power, then made his way to the United States at 13. Because of his German-language skills, Army counterintelligence officials deployed him back to Europe during World War II.

In the autumn of 1945, after Hitler had committed suicide in a Berlin bunker, Mr. Weiss was dispatched to Munich on a special assignment.

Many Nazi loyalists refused to believe that Hitler had disgraced the Reich by killing himself. No witnesses confirmed the death, and the Soviets, who were the first to find Hitler's body, had refused to hand over his remains. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin told President Harry S. Truman at the Potsdam conference in July 1945 that Hitler might be in Spain or Argentina.

Mr. Weiss and his counterintelligence team were charged with hunting down rogue members of Hitler's inner circle and finding evidence of the German leader's demise.

In a 2005 profile in The Washington Post Magazine, Mr. Weiss described his war service alongside British intelligence officer Maj. Hugh Trevor-Roper, who became a historian and author of "The Last Days of Hitler."

Mr. Weiss sought out Wilhelm Zander, the military aide of Nazi Party secretary Martin Bormann, who was stationed at Hitler's lair during his final days.

Mr. Weiss tracked Zander down in late December 1945 to a stone house near a village on the Czech border, where Zander was arrested during an early-morning raid.

In a 10-hour interrogation, Zander said he'd been arrested under a case of mistaken identity.

"We confronted him with all the facts of his life," Mr. Weiss said of his strategy. He lied and told Zander, "We have your mother and sister."

Shortly afterward, Zander confessed and gave a full account of his military service. Toward the end of their conversation, Mr. Weiss asked Zander why he'd left Hitler's bunker shortly before the leader killed himself.

 Zander said he had been dispatched as a courier with an important envelope and then said, "I suppose you want the documents?"

Not knowing what the papers were, Mr. Weiss answered in the affirmative and escorted Zander to a farm on the outskirts of Munich, where the German soldier had hidden the manila envelope in a suitcase at the bottom of a dry well.

Mr. Weiss opened the package and read the typed heading on the first page: "Mein privates Testament," signed by Hitler on April 29, 1945, at 4 a.m - the day before he died.

In the document, Hitler outlined his succession in the event of his death and said that he would rather commit suicide in impending defeat than be paraded as a prize of the Allied victors.

"Hitler was trying to run Germany from the grave," Mr. Weiss said in 2005. "Talk about chutzpah!"

Mr. Weiss handed the envelope, which also contained Hitler and Eva Braun's marriage certificate, to his superiors. Later, Mr. Weiss's commanders commended him for his achievements and sent him photocopies of Hitler's wills.

He kept them as mementos of his war service. The originals are in possession of the National Archives.

Hitler's will was authenticated by U.S. intelligence officials and used at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, said Peter Black, a senior historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Mr. Weiss was proud of his accomplishments but not boastful. He did say that it was ironic that his Jewish eyes were the first to read Hitler's last words, which implored German leaders to "mercilessly resist the universal poisoner of all nations, international Jewry."
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Mr. Weiss was born Hans Arnold Wangersheim on July 25, 1924, in Nuremberg. He was the son of a former World War I German army officer who became a sports columnist for a local newspaper.

His parents divorced when he was a toddler and left him at an orthodox Jewish orphanage. He wore a yarmulke, which made him a target of abuse during the rise of the Nazi Party. He was once hoisted to a lamppost and flogged by a horde of Hitler Youths.

He fled Germany after his bar mitzvah and made his way to the United States with the help of a charitable Quaker group.


 When he arrived with $5 and a cardboard suitcase, Mr. Weiss stowed away on a train bound for Milwaukee. He was eventually taken in by a family from Janesville, Wis.

He reversed his first and middle names and adopted the surname Weiss from a popular University of Wisconsin running back.

After the United States entered World War II, Mr. Weiss served in the Army Air Forces and was assigned to an intelligence unit after officials learned he spoke German.

As an American soldier, Mr. Weiss helped liberate thousands at the Dachau concentration camp and was overwhelmed by the stench of a trainload of decomposing bodies.

He later learned that his father had survived internment at Dachau and that his grandmother had died as a prisoner at Auschwitz.

Mr. Weiss returned to the United States and graduated from the University of Wisconsin and its law school in the early 1950s. He joined the U.S. Treasury Department as general counsel of the Office of International Finance and later was one of the first employees at the Inter-American Development Bank.

From 1977 to 1992, Mr. Weiss was a partner at the Washington law firm Arent Fox, where he specialized in international finance before founding Emerging Markets Partnerships.

At EMP, which handled more than $7 billion worth of investments, Mr. Weiss helped fund international development projects. He retired in 2006.

His wife of 49 years, Artemis Lychos Weiss, died in 2005. Survivors include two sons, Daniel Weiss and Andrew Weiss, both of North Bethesda; a foster sister; and three grandchildren.
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Toward the end of World War II, Mr. Weiss interrogated scores of senior Nazi officials who were later put on trial in Nuremberg for crimes against humanity.

In time, Mr. Weiss became frustrated with the slow rate of prosecution for low-ranking personnel.

"The war crimes courts were already backlogged," Mr. Weiss said in 2005. "The jails were full. They were going to slip through the cracks."

In at least a dozen cases, Mr. Weiss said, he and his team left vehemently unremorseful Nazi prison guards at the gates of refugee settlements for "additional debriefing."

Whatever happened to the German soldiers - whose fates were decided by the labor and death camp survivors who lived at the settlements - Mr. Weiss claimed never to know.

"The German people paid dearly for their infatuation with Hitler," Mr. Weiss said in 2005. "But there were times when justice had to be done."



Hitler's Last Will & Testament

ADOLF HITLER


My political testament.

More than thirty years have passed since 1914 when I made my modest contribution as a volunteer in the First World War, which was forced upon the Reich.

In these three decades love and loyalty to my people have guided all my thoughts, actions and my life. They gave me the strength to make the most difficult decisions ever to confront mortal man. In these three decades I have spent my strength and my health.

It is untrue that I or anyone else in Germany wanted war in 1939. It was wanted and provoked solely by international statesmen either of Jewish origin or working for Jewish interests. I have made too many offers for the limitation and control of armaments, which posterity will not be cowardly enough always to disregard, for responsibility for the outbreak of this war to be placed on me. Nor have I ever wished that, after the appalling First World War, there would ever be a second against either England or America. Centuries will go by, but from the ruins of our towns and monuments the hatred of those ultimately responsible will always grow anew against the people whom we have to thank for all this: international Jewry and its henchmen.

Only three days before the outbreak of the German-Polish war I proposed a solution of the German-Polish problem to the British Ambassador in Berlin - international control as in the case of the Saar. This offer, too, cannot be lied away. It was only rejected because the ruling clique in England wanted war, partly for commercial reasons and partly because it was influenced by the propaganda put out by international Jewry.

I have left no one in doubt that if the people of Europe are once more treated as mere blocks of shares in the hands of these international money and finance conspirators, then the sole responsibility for the massacre must be borne by the true culprits: the Jews. Nor have I left anyone in doubt that this time millions of European children of Aryan descent will starve to death, millions of men will die in battle, and hundreds of thousands of women and children will be burned or bombed to death in our cities without the true culprits being held to account, albeit more humanely.

After six years of war which, despite all setbacks, will one day go down in history as the most glorious and heroic manifestation of the struggle for existence of a nation, I cannot abandon the city which is the capital of this Reich. Since our forces are too meager to withstand the enemy's attack and since our resistance is being debased by creatures who are as blind as they are lacking in character, I wish to share my fate with that which millions of others have also taken upon themselves by remaining in this city. Further, I shall not fall into the hands of the enemy who requires a new spectacle, presented by the Jews, for the diversion of the hysterical masses.

I have therefore decided to stay in Berlin and there to choose death voluntarily when I determine that the position of the Fuhrer and the Chancellery itself can no longer be maintained. I die with a joyful heart in the knowledge of the immeasurable deeds and achievements of our peasants and workers and of a contribution unique in the history of our youth which bears my name.

That I am deeply grateful to them all is as self-evident as is my wish that they do not abandon the struggle but that, no matter where, they continue to fight the enemies of the Fatherland, faithful to the ideals of the great Clausewitz. Through the sacrifices of our soldiers and my own fellowship with them unto death, a seed has been sown in German history that will one day grow to usher in the glorious rebirth of the National Socialist movement in a truly united nation.

Many of our bravest men and women have sworn to bind their lives to mine to the end. I have begged, and finally ordered, them not to do so but to play their part in the further struggle of the nation. I ask the leaders of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force to strengthen the National Socialist spirit of resistance of our soldiers by all possible means, with special emphasis on the fact that I myself, as the founder and creator of this movement, prefer death to cowardly resignation or even to capitulation.

May it become a point of honor of future German army officers, as it is already in our Navy, that the surrender of a district or town is out of the question and that, above everything else, the commanders must set a shining example of faithful devotion to duty unto death.

Before my death, I expel former Reichs-Marshal Hermann Goring from the party and withdraw from him all the rights that were conferred upon him by the decree of 29 June, 1941 and by my Reichstag statement of 1 September, 1939. In his place I appoint Admiral Donitz as President of the Reich and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Before my death, I expel the former Reichsfuhrer of the S.S. and the Minister of the Interior Heinrich Himmler from the party and from all his state officers. In his place I appoint Gauleiter Karl Hanke as Reichsfuhrer of the S.S. and Head of the German Police, and Gauleiter Paul Giesler as Minister of the Interior.

Apart altogether from their disloyalty to me, Goring and Himmler have brought irreparable shame on the whole nation by secretly negotiating with my enemy without my knowledge and against my will, and also by attempting illegally to seize control of the State.

In order to provide the German people with a government of honorable men who will fulfill the task of continuing the war will all the means at their disposal, I, as Fuhrer of the nation, appoint the following members of the new cabinet:

President of the Reich: Donitz
Chancellor of the Reich: Dr Goebbels
Party Minister: Bormann
Foreign Minister: Seyss-Inquart
Minister of the Interior: Gauleiter Giesler
Minister of War: Donitz
Supreme Commander of the Army: Schorner
Supreme Commander of the Navy: Donitz
Supreme Commander of the Air Force: Greim
Reichsfuhrer of the S.S. and Head of the German Police: Gauleiter Hanke
Trade: Funk
Agriculture: Backe
Justice: Thierack
Culture: Dr Scheel
Propaganda: Dr Naumann
Finance: Schwerin-Crossigk
Labor: Dr Hupfauer
Munitions: Saur
Leader of the German Labor Front and Minister without Portfolio: Dr Ley.

Although a number of these men, including Martin Bormann, Dr Goebbels and others together with their wives have joined me of their own free will, not wishing to leave the capital under any circumstances and prepared to die with me, I implore them to grant my request that they place the welfare of the nation above their own feelings. By their work and loyal companionship they will remain as close to me after my death as I hope my spirit will continue to dwell among them and accompany them always. Let them be severe but never unjust and let them never, above all, allow fear to preside over their actions, placing the honor of the nation above everything that exists on earth. May they, finally, always remember that our task, the consolidation of a National Socialist state, represents the work of centuries to come, so that every individual must subordinate his own interest to the common good. I ask of all Germans, of all National Socialists, men and women and all soldiers of the Wehrmacht, that they remain faithful and obedient unto death to the new government and its President.

Above all, I enjoin the government and the people to uphold the race laws to the limit and to resist mercilessly the poisoner of all nations, international Jewry.

Berlin, 29 April, 1945, 4 a.m.

                 Adolf Hitler


Witnesses:

Dr Joseph Goebbels        Wilhelm Burgdorf
Martin Bormann            Hans Krebs



Aside from the lucky coincidence of the discovery of the document, is it valid?  Style-wise it seems close enough to Hitler's writings.  Content perhaps a bit less so.  He doesn't mention Bolsheviks or Russians at all in the will, surprising since 1) Soviets were taking over Berlin & 2) anti-Bolshevism was a constant theme of Hitler's writings & speeches. 

OTOH The Will mentions Jews 7 times including the last line.  Granted, Hitler did write & speak much about the Jews but still the Will's content seems a bit lopsided, suggesting it was a Jewish forgery.


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- Guess Who Found Hitler's "Last Will & Testament" !?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013, 06:51:43 PM »
I don't know, I'm kinda suspicious of the source.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2013, 04:37:47 AM »
This is all true.

It should be preserved next to:

The FBI found terrorist passport in the 911 rubble.

List of Iraq WMDS.

The Chosen astronaut post shuttle destruction diary.

The amendment to Constitution creating Federal Reserve system with paper money.

Anne Frank's scribed in time travelling ballpoint pen diary.


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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2013, 06:20:57 AM »
This is all true.

It should be preserved next to:

The FBI found terrorist passport in the 911 rubble.

List of Iraq WMDS.

The Chosen astronaut post shuttle destruction diary.

The amendment to Constitution creating Federal Reserve system with paper money.

Anne Frank's scribed in time travelling ballpoint pen diary.


Also the Koran and the book on How To Fly A Plane written in Arabic that the "terrorists" accidentally forgot to take with them on 911 and the FBI found the next day.

And the tape of Osama bin Boogyman "confessing" to 911 that they just happened to find on a VCR tape lying around someplace the day after they invaded the sprawling city of Jalalabad.

Also a video of the cheerful McDonnel family all dressed up to the t's and merrily discussing how their kid got slaughtered the day before at Sandy Hook, and barely able to keep from laughing, and of course ham crisis actors Robbie Parker and everyone's favorite, Gene Rosen.

Anyway, I asked my expert friend about Hitler's Last Will & Testament and this was his reply:

"i've gone over and over that, and i am not certain one way or the other. however, there are sentiments in that document that sound alien to AH's normal mindset.
 
if you want to have your heart broken, read an authentic letter from that time--dr. goebbels's letter to his son from the last days: it appears in "Final Entries."





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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2013, 06:34:20 AM »
"if you want to have your heart broken, read an authentic letter from that time--dr. goebbels's letter to his son from the last days: it appears in "Final Entries."





Last letters of Joseph and Magda Goebbels... april 1945



Letter form Dr. Joseph Goebbels to Harald Quant, april 28, 1945.

Started in the Führerbunker on april 28, 1945.

Dear Harald,

we are locked down in the Führerbunker at the Reichschancellory and we are fighting for ou lives and honor.

How will this fight end, god only knows, But I know it will end for us with honor and glory, dead or alive . I do not think we will se each other again, because of this, this will be the last words you will receive from me. I hope, if you come out [alive] from this war, that you will honor both your mother and I, as is not necesary for us to survive to influence our people.

You will be the only one left to carry on with our family traditions. Always act in a way not to ashame us. Germany will resist [survive] this war, but only if our people has in its eyes examples to guide them. and this is the example that we want to give. You can be proud to have a mother like you have now, last night the fhuherer gave her the golden party pin he has carried during years on his jacket, and I think she deserves it. in the future, you will have only one mission: be worth of the great sacrifice we are willing to make. I know you will. Don't let the noise that the world is about to start disorientate you. One day, the lies will fall under their own weight, and truth will triumph over them, the hour will come in which we will be above all, clean and whitout guilt, [(mancha: culpa)] like our faith and task were.

Goodbye dear Harald!! If we meet again, depends on god, if is not to be, I will always be proud of having belonged to a family, that, even in adversity, and up to the last moment, has been faithful to the Führer and his pure and holy cause.

my best wishes and dearest greetings

papa [dad, not as strict as father, but not as wartm as "Daddy"]


******

Letter from Magda Goebbels to Harald Quandt
28 de abril de 1945.

April 28, 1945
written on the fuhrer's bunker
My dear son:

it has been six days since we arrived here, at the Fuhrer's bunker, papa, your six brothers and I, to put the only possible and honorable end to our nacionalsocialist life. I do not know if you will ever receive this letter. perhaps there will be one human soul that will allow me to send you my last goodbye: I want you to know I am besides yoru papa agaisnt his will, and this past sunday the fuhrer still wanted to help me get out of here. You know your mother, we carry the same blood, I did not had to think it a minute, our magnificent idea[ls] are falling down, and with them, all I ever knew about beauty, admirable, noble and good.

The world that will come afther the fuhrer and nationalsocialism does not deserves that one wants to live on it. because of that, I have brought the children with me, the life that comes ahead is not worth for them to live it, and a grateful god will understand that I myself set them free. You wil live and I ask only one thing form you, that you never ever forget you are a german, never do against [your] honor, and thru your life, see that our deaths won't be in vain.

The children are marvelous, in our circumstances, as primitive as they are, they take care of themselves, if they have to sleep on the floor, if they can clean themselves, if they can eat at all, and what they can eat, if, never a word of complaint or crying . the explosions shake the bunker , The elders protect the young and their presence is a blessing, even if only because they bring a smile now and then to the fuhrer.

Last night, the fuhrer took off his golden party pin and pinned it to me. I am proud and Happy. May god bring me strenght to complete the last and hardest [task]. We have only one objective: be loyal to the Fuhrer to death and be able to end our lives with him is a grace of destiny which we never counted with.

Harald, my dear boy, I wil tell you the best thing I have learnt in life: be loyal [truthful]:loyal to yourself, loyal to men, and loyal to your fatherland.

[(new page, over)]

it is difficult to start a new page, who knows if I can fill it, I would like to give you so much love and strength, and take away all the pain for our loss. be proud of us and try to remember us with pride and happiness, We all have to die..isn't more beautiful to live les, but with honor and valiant than to have a long live in shameful conditions?

I must finish, Hanna Reitsch is taking this letter, she is leaving again, I embrace you with my most sweet, deep and maternal love.

My dear son,live for Germany!
your Mother



NOTE:
*between [ ] are notes for grammar corrections or translation not made very clear, will edit several times after is completed.



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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2013, 04:25:34 PM »
Anyway, I asked my expert friend about Hitler's Last Will & Testament and this was his reply:

"i've gone over and over that, and i am not certain one way or the other. however, there are sentiments in that document that sound alien to AH's normal mindset.
 
if you want to have your heart broken, read an authentic letter from that time--dr. goebbels's letter to his son from the last days: it appears in "Final Entries."
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I'm guessing the Last Will was a forgery, at least by the source.  Seems it was a professional effort & thus 'good enough' to be accepted as "history".  As to the authors:  I guess Jews in general but an open question of whether the Soviet faction, London faction or US sayanim.

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2013, 05:42:25 PM »
I'm guessing the Last Will was a forgery, at least by the source.  Seems it was a professional effort & thus 'good enough' to be accepted as "history".  As to the authors:  I guess Jews in general but an open question of whether the Soviet faction, London faction or US sayanim.


I don't know, EB. There's no particular motive for it. It's not like they had him saying stoopid stuff, like, "yeah, i started ww2 because I hate peace and freedom and democracy and yo mama!" or something, unless someone just wanted to create a valuable document for himself.  Did David Irving say it was a forgery?
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