#40... Oct 3,
P. 14, AMERICAN
FREE PRESS * October 3, 2005...
Behind the Scenes
with Michael Collins Piper
May Have Also Been Secret WWII Nazi Collaborator
By Michael Collins Piper
warned: if you rely on the mainstream media for news about Simon
Wiesenthal, the famed “Nazi hunter” who died recently
in Vienna at age 96, you may be shocked by the material that follows.
Although the media hails the Ukraine-born Wiesenthal as “the
conscience of the Holocaust,” the truth is that Wiesenthal
told so many conflicting tales at various times and in various circumstances,
both in writing and in published and broadcast interviews, of where
he was and what he was doing before and during World War II, that
many questioned his integrity.
One notable Wiesenthal critic was Bruno Kriesky, the Jewish former
Socialist Party chancellor of Austria (hardly a “Nazi apologist,”)
who called Wiesenthal a “habitual liar” and publicly
charged, based on information brought to his attention, that it
was likely Wiesenthal had collaborated with the Nazis during World
What is known about Wiesenthal is that very little of what he claimed
about his own life and experiences has been consistent. For example,
he claimed that during one period he was an “architect,”
and then an “engineer” and then a “mechanic in
a factory that produced bedsprings.”
Elsewhere, he said he was a “partisan” fighting the
Germans and, under other circumstances, claimed to have been “in
hiding” during the same time frame.
At one point he claimed he was a prisoner at Auschwitz in Poland,
but later he said he had simply “passed by.” He also
claimed to have been an inmate at the Lemberg, Austria camp in 1941
but the camp didn’t even exist at that time.
For decades he claimed to be “on the trail” of Josef
Mengele, the notorious physician on the Auschwitz staff, constantly
filing reports with the media about Mengele having been “spotted”
all over South America. Relying on Wiesenthal’s lies, an array
of outfits such as the Anti- Defamation League raised millions of
dollars through “scare” letters based upon the thesis
of a “hidden Nazi menace.”
In fact, it was ultimately determined Mengele had died, years before,
in Brazil and that his death had already been very well known to
both the CIA and Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad.
In the early 1970s Wiesenthal stirred up a global media hate campaign
against a Polish-born Chicago man, Frank Walus, who the “Nazi
hunter” charged had committed war crimes. After years of legal
prosecution by the U.S. government, Walus was vindicated: he had
been a farm laborer in Germany and had nothing to do with any war
crimes in Poland. Yet none in the mainstream media dared criticize
Wiesenthal for his sordid role in the vicious persecution of an
One of Wiesenthal’s few factual statements shocked many worldwide
when he wrote in a letter, later published in the journal Books
and Bookmen, stating that “there were no extermination
camps on German soil,” laying waste to years of legends about
“gassings” at such holding facilities as Dachau and
Since that time, Wiesenthal’s claim was affirmed by the American
Jewish Committee, which states that the structures shown to American
soldiers at the war’s end as being the famous Dachau “gas
chambers” were never used to kill anyone.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles claims it fights anti-Semitism.
However, the truth is that the well-funded outfit spends a great
deal of its energy smearing those who question over-reaching U.S.
favoritism toward Israel at the expense of friendly U.S. relations
with the rest of the world, much of which views the U.S. slant toward
Israel as a cause of much Middle East unrest.
Last year, one of the center’s spokesmen, Abe Cooper, savaged
this author as being “anti-American” for criticizing
the U.S. war against Iraq.
Photograph of Simon Wiesenthal reaching out to
touch a spot on a diagram.
Caption: "FINGER POINTER:
Simon Wiesenthal was well known for pointing his finger
at suspected WWII `war criminals' (many imagined) during
his long career as a `Nazi hunter.' But few have questioned
this Holocaust icon’s own quite questionable past."
October 3, 2005.
American Free Press)