Israeli newspaper Haarertz said Otto Skorzeny pictured assassinated rocket scientist Heinz Krug on September 11, Adolf Hitler's most decorated S.
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Israeli newspaper Haarertz said Otto Skorzeny - the brutal but brilliant rescuer of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini who went on to commit war crimes by dressing German troops in American uniforms during the Battle of the Bulge - assassinated Heinz Krug on September 11, Krug, 49, was one of a number of Nazi rocket experts who worked on Hitler's V1 and V2 programmes recruited to work for Egypt to develop missiles capable of wiping out the Jewish state. Krug was never found after vanishing from his office in Munich.
Now Haaretz reveals: 'Based on interviews with former Mossad officers and with Israelis who have access to the Mossad's archived secrets from half a century ago, Krug was murdered as part of an Israeli espionage plot to intimidate the German scientists working for Egypt. The most astounding part of the claim is that Lt. Skorzeny - holder of the Knight's Cross, Nazi Germany's highest award for valour - was a member of the hit squad.
Haaretz said its sources spoke out about his extraordinary role within the Mossad only if they were not identified. According to the newspaper, Krug was at the top of the Mossad list for assassination. He was a superstar during the war at Peenemunde, the Baltic island where Wernher von Braun constructed the 'wonder weapons' Hitler was convinced would bring Germany final victory.
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Haaretz said von Braun offered Krug the chance to go to America with him and other members of the team to work on the rockets which would win the race for space with the moon landings. They would set up a secret strategic missile program for that Arab country.
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A committed Nazi would see this as an opportunity to continue the ghastly mission of exterminating the Jewish people. At first Mossad contented itself with a war of harassment against Krug and his comrades: anonymous threatening phone calls at midnight and unsigned letters calling for him to quit his Egyptian assignment.
According to Haaretz, Krug contacted Skorzeny, then 54, because he felt Hitler's favourite warrior would protect him. American and British military intelligence once labeled Skorzeny 'the most dangerous man in Europe' for his remarkable exploits, the most famous of which was flying a gliderborne rescue squad to the top of an Italian mountain to rescue Mussolini from partisans. But unbeknown to him, the former servant of the organziation which carried out the Holocaust of six million Jews, was already in the pay of Mossad.
Haaretz said its sources within the vaunted intelligence services said Skorzeny drove Krug out of Munich in his car with three bodyguards following in a vehicle behind. Otto Skorzeny - the brutal but brilliant rescuer of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini - was one of the favourite assassins of Adolf Hitler centre. The man who pulled the trigger was none other than the famous Nazi war hero. Israel's espionage agency had managed to turn Otto Skorzeny into a secret agent for the Jewish state.
Krug's body was doused in acid and the remains of what were not burned away plunged into a shallow grave.
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It is alleged that future Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, who was then head of the Mossad's special operations unit, greenlighted the operation. Another was Zvi Malkin who had tackled extermination expert Adolf Eichmann when he was kidnapped by a Mossad gang.
Yosef 'Joe' Raanan, the secret agency's senior officer in Germany, coordinated the killing.
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Skorzeny pictured died of cancer, at age 67, in Madrid in July , taking the secrets of his treachery to Nazism to the grave. While it may seem implausible for the state of Israel to hire a man so closely linked with the regime which tried to destroy all Jews, Haaretz went on: 'The Mossad's playbook for protecting Israel and the Jewish people has no preordained rules or limits. When short-term alliances could help, the Israelis were willing to dance with the proverbial devil, if that is what seemed necessary. But why would Skorzeny work for them?
According to Haaretz's informants, Skorzeny shunned an offer of money from Mossad operatives who met him in Madrid, saying he had enough. But he did what one thing - to be removed from the list of wanted criminals sought by the world's top Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Mossad agreed to fix it. During this visit, Skorzeny was taken to Yad Vashem, the museum in Jerusalem dedicated to the memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. There was a strange moment there when a war survivor pointed to Skorzeny and singled him out by name as a war criminal,'' said Haaretz.
His Mossad handler smoother over the situation by claiming he was his relative and a Holocaust survivor himself. The new recruit allegedly flew to Egypt and gathered valuable intelligence on German scientists and the front companies supplying them. These included Heinz Krug's company, Intra, in Munich. One man went on the record about his hiring, Rafi Eitan who, in aged 79, became an as head of a political party representing pensioners.
Ultimately, Mossad were unable to persuade Holocaust survivor Wiesenthal to remove Skorzeny from his list of war criminals.
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Instead the Mossad forged a letter for their new recruit, allegedly from Wiesenthal, saying it had been done. As well as eliminating Krug, Haaretz said Skorzeny mailed letter bombs to Nazi scientist in Egypt, one of which killed five Egyptians in the military rocket site Factory where German scientists were employed. Next page. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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