Allen Dulles, the OSS, and Nazi War Criminals: The Dynamics of Selective Prosecution (Paperback)
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Allen Dulles, the OSS, and Nazi War Criminals: The Dynamics of Selective Prosecution (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 01/10/2017
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This book examines the circumstances surrounding SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Karl Wolff's escape from prosecution for war crimes in 1945. Wolff avoided prosecution because of his role in 'Operation Sunrise', negotiations conducted by high-ranking American, Swiss and British officials - in violation of the Casablanca agreements with the Soviet Union - for the surrender of German forces in Italy that enabled the Anglo-American forces to take Trieste. After 1945, Allied officials, amongst them Allen Dulles, in a move that later helped him ascend to the head of the CIA, shielded Wolff from prosecution to maintain secrecy about the negotiations. 'Operation Sunrise' thus relates to the early origins of the Cold War in Europe and had wide-ranging implications, even in the field of justice: new evidence suggests that the Western Allies not only failed to ensure cooperation between their respective national war crimes prosecution organizations, but in certain cases even obstructed justice by withholding evidence from the prosecution.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107691070
Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm


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'Kerstin von Lingen's most important book sheds light on a fascinating, cinema-like story. For the first time we learn how Karl Wolff, one of the most prominent surviving SS generals, managed to avoid prosecution with the help of the OSS. This well-researched book is essential reading for everyone interested in the astonishing story of German war criminals in the postwar period.' Soenke Neitzel, London School of Economics and Political Science
'This fascinating study sheds new light on the role of Allen Dulles in Operation Sunrise, the related protection of Nazi war criminals, and the origins of the Cold War.' Thomas Reifer, University of San Diego and Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
'... a thought-provoking and comprehensive narrative on Karl Wolff ...' Duncan Bare, Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies
'[Von Lingen's] commendable research based on declassified sources at various national archives in Germany, England, the United States, and Switzerland as well as university libraries and newspaper archives has resulted in a meticulously detailed and well-written work of scholarship. Successfully interconnecting different historical themes, [she] is convincing in her argument that 'political considerations that foreshadowed the coming of the Cold War began to dominate as the war ended'.' Sebastian Huebel, H-Net Reviews
'[This Book] does not fit into a single category of historical analysis. It is in part a militar history of the final stages of World War II; it is intelligence history of the early Cold War with strong focus on the United States' Office of Strategic Services; and finally, it is a part political, part social history of Germany's ambiguous postwar attempt to come to terms with its recent past ... Above all, however, it is a case study that seeks to analyse and bring into context the story of SS General Karl Wolff ... The reader is left with the important lesson that not only had the alliance between the East and West crumbled before the war even ended, but that the United States went so far as to negotiate a separate, secret surrender agreement with the enemy, ... which in turn resulted in the complicated conundrum for the United States of protecting, instead of bringing due punishment to, a high-ranking SS general.' Sebastian Huebel, H-War
`Kerstin von Lingen's most important book sheds light on a fascinating, cinema-like story. For the first time we learn how Karl Wolff, one of the most prominent surviving SS generals, managed to avoid prosecution with the help of the OSS. This well-researched book is essential reading for everyone interested in the astonishing story of German war criminals in the postwar period.' Soenke Neitzel, London School of Economics and Political Science
`This fascinating study sheds new light on the role of Allen Dulles in Operation Sunrise, the related protection of Nazi war criminals, and the origins of the Cold War.' Thomas Reifer, University of San Diego and Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
'... a thought-provoking and comprehensive narrative on Karl Wolff ...' Duncan Bare, Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies
'[Von Lingen's] commendable research based on declassified sources at various national archives in Germany, England, the United States, and Switzerland as well as university libraries and newspaper archives has resulted in a meticulously detailed and well-written work of scholarship. Successfully interconnecting different historical themes, [she] is convincing in her argument that 'political considerations that foreshadowed the coming of the Cold War began to dominate as the war ended'.' Sebastian Huebel, H-Net Reviews
'[This Book] does not fit into a single category of historical analysis. It is in part a militar history of the final stages of World War II; it is intelligence history of the early Cold War with strong focus on the United States' Office of Strategic Services; and finally, it is a part political, part social history of Germany's ambiguous postwar attempt to come to terms with its recent past ... Above all, however, it is a case study that seeks to analyse and bring into context the story of SS General Karl Wolff ... The reader is left with the important lesson that not only had the alliance between the East and West crumbled before the war even ended, but that the United States went so far as to negotiate a separate, secret surrender agreement with the enemy, ... which in turn resulted in the complicated conundrum for the United States of protecting, instead of bringing due punishment to, a high-ranking SS general.' Sebastian Huebel, H-War

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