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April 15, 1983 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Frerieh Ifitelligeride - services Eini5loYed

Former Nazis After World War II

PARIS (JTA) -- The
French intelligence service
employed former Nazis
after World War II for in-
telligence gathering activi-
ties in the Soviet Union and
its satellite countries and to
keep tabs on attempts to re-
surrect Nazi groups in other
parts of the world, Le Monde
reported. •
The paper stressed that
these Nazis, unlike Klaus
Barbie who was employed
by the CIA after the war,
were not involved in war
crimes.
Barbie, the wartime ges-
tapo chief in Lyon, is pre-
sently awaiting trial there
for "crimes against human-
ity." According to recent re-
velations, the CIA helped
Barbie escape from Europe
at a time when France was
seeking his, extradition
from a U.S. detention camp
in Germany.
According to - Le
Monde, the French secret
services, like their
American and British
counterparts, selected
Nazis with intelligence
experience in the
prisoner-of-war camps
after 1945 to renew con-
tacts with their agents in
East European countries.
Those agents had in-
formed German intelli-
gence of Soviet moves
during the war.
France believed that with
Russian forces in occupa-
tion of all of Eastern
Europe, it was essential to
continue to receive informa-
tibn from those sources and
the, only way to do it was
through ex-Naiis, Le
Monde reported.
France employed the
services of agents from Sec-
tion VI of the Reichs
Sicherhert Haupt Amt
(RSHA) which had been in-
volved in sabotage missions
in regions under Soviet
influence,_ such as Iran,.
Turkey, certain Arab coun-
tries and Eastern Europe.
Also hired were former Ab-
Wehr agents, the German
military intelligence serv-
ice, which was active until
February, 1944.
According. to Le Monde
there was dissension be-
tween the RSHA which ern-
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ployed agents close to the
Nazi movement, many
former members of the SA,
and the. Abwehr which was
less sympathetic towards
the Nazis. Both groups were
fiercely anti-Communist.
They had worked with
thousands of anti-
Communist agents planted
in the Eastern European
countries while under Nazi
occupation. Le Monde said
the French also needed the
help of these former Nazi
agents to prevent the reac-
tivation of Nazi movements
throughout the world.

Former RHSA members
were not too cooperative in
that mission, the paper said.
The cooperation lasted
four years, until the Berlin
blockade in 1949. After that
the efforts to revive anti-
Communist networks in
Eastern Europe ended. But
the efforts against the revi-
val of Nazi groups
elsewhere continued for a
much longer time, Le
Monde said. Former French
intelligence officers refused
to, reveal the names of the
Nazi agents who worked for
them.

-

Witnesses
to Barbie Crimes
Sought Here

The Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith is try-
ing to locate witnesses or
families of victims deported
or tortured by Klaus Barbie,
the Nazi war criminal
known as the "Butcher of
Lyon."
Persons with information
regarding the activities of
Barbie during World War
II, should contact Richard
Lobenthal, executive direc-
tor, Michigan Region, ADL,
163 Madison, Detroit
48226, 962-9686. .

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