The Nazis Next Door

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


Nazis in America

The Nazis Next Door is a book by the Washington D.C. journalist Eric Lichtblau. This book describes how the most atrocious Nazi killers during the Hitler years, 1933-1945, were rewarded and honored in the United States until, at the end of the 20th century and primarily in the early years of the 21st century, a few, a very few, of these mass murderers were prosecuted, deprived of their American citizenship, and deported.

Several thousand Nazi murderers were employed by our government. These were people who threw newborn Jewish babies out of fourth story hospital windows so that these tiny children smashed their little heads on the cement pavement, so that their brains flowed into the streets. These killers forced Jewish children, women, and men into gas ovens after stealing everything their victims had brought with them into the murder camps. Many of the mass murderers were not Germans, but Christian volunteers  from Poland, the Ukraine, and Lithuania and Russia. They all viewed all Jews, even newborn babies, as “Christ killers” and therefore deserving of death.

The Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation appointed many of the mass murderers to excellent government jobs from which the retired with large pensions and Social Security payments.

Some of these killers claimed, when later confronted, that they were forced to commit the killings. Others claimed that their presence in killing camps was only to do some office paperwork or that they worked in areas where no one was murdered. Among these murderers were M.D.s, doctors who performed gruesome experiments on helpless Jews. Some were frozen in ice, others were forced into superheated areas, and others were subject to experiments involving useless surgery without anesthetics.  All were murdered in these experiments by doctors who had sworn to help the sick.

In the late 1980’s and thereafter, the US Justice department established a division whose job it was to seek out Nazis living in the US. The “Nazi hunters” traveled all over Europe to find evidence of the horrors these killers had inflicted on so many victims. As a result John Demjanjuk,  a Ukrainian immigrant and former concentration camp guard, was deported. Tom Soobzokov,  a Russian  former SS (Schutzstaffel or protection division) murderer was killed by a bomb someone planted at his house. The bombers were never identified. Dr. Humbertus Stukhold, a feted doctor of space medicine  who had come to America, was greatly admired in this country until his record as a fearsome killer in the German camps became known after his death.

The book identifies a number of the worst Nazi killers ever to come to this country. Most of them lived here many years without being identified or recognized. They had a wonderful life in America, even as thousands of Jews who survived the Holocaust stayed for years in so called Displaced Person camps until they could move to Israel.

For centuries, philosophers have discussed whether or not there is justice in this world.  So far there is no answer.

Shalom u'vracha.

  Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including The American Jewish Community in the 20th and 21st Century (2021).

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