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Was Spanish Flu (1918) Deliberate Genocide?

May 14, 2017


A pandemic is an efficient way to get rid of "useless eaters" without destroying property. 

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 infected 20% of the world's population and killed over 60 million people. This is roughly three times as many people as were killed and maimed in World War One, and is comparable to WWII losses. Yet this modern plague has slipped down the memory hole. Why?  Was it a deliberate ploy by the Illuminati to finish the job WWI began?

(From Dec 14, 2006) 

By Henry Makow Ph.D. 

In 1948, Heinrich Mueller, the former head of the Gestapo, told his CIA Interrogator that the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, the most devastating plague in human history, was man-made.

Mueller said the flu started as an US army bacteriological warfare experiment that somehow infected US army ranks at Camp Riley KS in March 1918, and spread around the world. He says that it "got out of control" but we cannot discount the horrible possibility that the "Spanish Flu" was a deliberate elite depopulation measure. Researchers have found connections between it and the "Bird Flu."


It was called the Spanish Flu because the first human case was identified there. Understandably there was panic worldwide, as influenza was not discovered until 1933, so the mystery was rather frightening.

 According to Wikipedia: "In the U.S., about 28% of the population suffered, and 500,000 to 675,000 died. In Britain 200,000 died; in France more than 400,000. Entire villages perished in Alaska and southern Africa. In Australia, an estimated 10,000 people died and in the Fiji Islands, 14% of the population died during only two weeks, and in Western Samoa 22%. An estimated 17 million died in India, about 5% of India's population. In the Indian Army, almost 22% of troops who caught the disease died of it."

"Indeed, symptoms in 1918 were so unusual that initially influenza was misdiagnosed as dengue, cholera, or typhoid. One observer wrote, "One of the most striking of the complications was hemorrhage from mucous membranes, especially from the nose, stomach, and intestine. Bleeding from the ears and petechial hemorrhages in the skin also occurred. ...Another unusual feature of this pandemic was that it mostly killed young adults, with 99% of pandemic influenza deaths occurring in people under 65 and more-than-half in young adults 20 to 40 years old. This is unusual since influenza is normally most deadly to the very young (under age 2) and the very old (over age 70). "


At a 1944 Nazi bacteriological warfare conference in Berlin, General Walter Schreiber, Chief of the Medical Corps of the German Army told Mueller that he had spent two months in the US in 1927 conferring with his counterparts. They told him that the "so-called double blow virus" (i.e. Spanish Flu) was developed and used during the 1914 war.


"But," according to Mueller, left, "it got out of control and instead of killing the Germans who had surrendered by then, it turned back on you, and nearly everybody else." ("Gestapo Chief: The 1948 CIA Interrogation of Heinrich Mueller" Vol. 2 by Gregory Douglas, p. 106) 

 James Kronthal, the CIA Bern Station Chief asked Mueller to explain "double blow virus." It reminds me of AIDS.

Mueller: "I am not a doctor, you understand, but the 'double-blow' referred to a virus, or actually a pair of them that worked like a prize fighter. The first blow attacked the immune system and made the victim susceptible, fatally so, to the second blow which was a form of pneumonia...[Schreiber told me] a British scientist actually developed it...Now you see why such things are insanity. These things can alter themselves and what starts out as a limited thing can change into something really terrible." 

The subject of the Spanish Flu arose in the context of a discussion of typhus. The Nazis deliberately introduced typhus into Russian POW camps and, along with starvation, killed about three million men. The typhus spread to Auschwitz and other concentration camps with Russian and Polish POWS. 

In the context of the Cold War, Mueller says: "If Stalin invades Europe...a little disease here and there would wipe out Stalin's hoards and leave everything intact. Besides, a small bottle of germs is so much cheaper than an atom bomb, isn't it? Why you could hold more soldiers in your hand than Stalin could possibly command and you don't have to feed them, clothes them or supply them with munitions. On the other hand, the threat of war...does wonders... for the economy." (108)

Is Mueller credible? In my opinion he is. Gregory Douglas apparently is a pseudonym for his nephew with whom he left his papers. Normally a hoax would not run to thousands of pages. The Interrogation is 800 pages. The  Memoirs are 250 pages. The microfilmed Archive apparently covers 850,000 pages. Finally, the material I have read is incredibly well informed, consistent and full of plausible revelations .  


(left, Flu fashion)


The Illuminati have made no secret of its desire to decrease the world population. (See Alan Stang,  Population Extermination: How Will it be Done?

It's possible that World War One was a disappointment in terms of the numbers killed. Whether the "Spanish Flu" was deliberate or not, we cannot say. But apparently the US Army has a record of experimenting with drugs/chemicals/bacteria on unwary soldiers. Did such an experiment get "out of control" at Fort Riley? Or was that its purpose in the first place?


See also "Hitler's Gestapo Chief Became Top Truman Advisor" 

See also "The Influenza Pandemic of 1918" 

Another view-- Vaccines Responsible for Swine Flu

Scruples, the game of moral dilemmas

Comments for " Was Spanish Flu (1918) Deliberate Genocide?"

David S, MD said (December 14, 2006):

Your article claiming Spanish Flu was manmade seems implausible to me for the following reasons:

The very existance of viruses as separate entities from bacteria wasn't proven until 1898.

The first human virus wasn't identified until 1901.

Viruses could not be seen until the 1940s.

The physical structure of DNA was not understood until the 1960s.

Creation of a new viral strain about 15 years after the discovery of viruses as an entity, and many years before each of the subsequent critical events identified above, isn't impossible. But it would be implausible in the extreme, IMHO.

Arn said (December 8, 2006):

Sir, I love/hate your site. There is so much to to be learned from it and yhat I enjoy. I send others to visit it. I just wish the news wasn't so dark, but that's life. I do not visit as much as I want to but when I am here I go from link to link and forget where I started from.


Good to hear from you. Remember knowledge is power. Even if you feel powerless to change external things, you can steer your own course in a new direction.


Lisa said (December 6, 2006):

I don't doubt it for a minute... Actually, I think most of our disease are man-made these days. I have worked as a medical transcriptionist for the last seven years, and I can tell you for an absolute fact that the pharmaceutical companies create most of the diseases... take one for one thing, and bam, you have three more problems pop up. I kept noticing a trend; either a patient is healthy and on no meds or is sickly and on a long list. Oncology (cancer medicine) was the WORST, and I was relieved to wash the blood off of my hands from that account after only one year. Talk about hell on earth!

All of this probably won't do any good for your article, but on a more personal level -- just because the bird flu & disease topic came up -- wanted to pass onto you some info about Olive Leaf Extract. My husband & I have been taking it for maybe 6-8 months now and I have to say that we have not been sick, not even a cold or flu, since we started taking it. I didn't really look into it that much, just took a friend's advice and started taking it, but really the results have been quite amazing. IF those ever-elusive "powers that be" are up to something, why not prepare early? A little "preventive medicine?"

BIRD FLU IS FOR THE BIRDS said (December 5, 2006):

Hello, This was not a FLU, it was made man by the doctors who were bored. Only people who got the vaccines got sick, they had to make up
a name for it so they named it the Spanish Flu. Eleanor McBean was a young girl at the time, I suggest that you put her name in your search
and she wrote a few books about it. The scientists are PAID by the GOV to lie and say it was the bird flu, The Bird flu is a hoax and it can not be transmitted to people, it is in the bird population like chickens.

THE WHO the world health organization is so phony and work with the gov to say all this lies that it can spread. I suggest that
you go to click on and scroll down to searchable archives, and look for this 2005-10-10 It will Jon
tells about the fake bird flu and then go to 2005-10-13 This tells you more how the chicken are raised in dirty conditions, and are
subjected to vaccine all the time, this weakens their IMMUNE SYSTEM.... they eventually die from all the vaccines they get. No one
person has ever died from bird blu, because it is only in the chicken family. NOT one document is out there, sure they are going to lie that
someone has these people were sick prior with upper respiratory or some other illness. But to make it sound that it can transfer to people
THEY LIE that these people died from bird flu... this is all about propaganda. I suggest that you all read this one written by a doctor
who is not afraid to tell the truth and for goodness sake sent this message to others. THE GOV will lie about anything to make money from
that bloody toxic chemical poisoned TAMIFLU who knows what aids virsu is packed in there and vaccines are loaded with toxic chemicals that
eroded the myelin shealth causes brain injuries, seizures, destroys the central nervous system. ANd they said if you get sick from the TAMIFLU
SHOT too bad they cant help you, HINT HINT it tells you already how toxic they are, don t be a stupid fool, THEY LIE the gov LIES all
the time and yes, they think we are all so stupid. THIS IS ALL ABOUT
CRAP AND PROPOGRANDA LIES and LIES believe their bloody lies??? this is very long and it shows you how phony the bird flu is going to people, WAKE UP

Nate said (December 5, 2006):

Well done sir.

I am curious as to why you did not raise the rhetorically pregnant question ... "And exactly why did certain governments dig up dead bodies and recreate the Spanish Flu?"

Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated ...
Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, ... any molecular biologist with sufficient knowledge could recreate this virus," said Dr John Wood, ...,3605,1585977,00.html - 38k - Cached - Similar pages

Ray said (December 5, 2006):

I thought I would add a bit to your article on the Spanish Flu of 1918.

In Pasteur Plagiarist Impostor! � The Germ Theory Exploded!, R.B. Pearson states on page 85; [Quoting]

�In the pamphlets �Germ Mutation� and �Immunity, Artificial vs. Natural� I give some important evidence indicating that the 1918 influenza epidemic was caused by mutation in vaccines used to �prevent� typhoid in the armies in Europe.
�When they inoculated against typhoid, they soon found that they had a PARA-typhoid on their hands, and the percentage of paratyphoid in those inoculated WAS IDENTICAL TO THE SECOND DECIMAL PLACE, with the percentage of TYPHOID in those NOT inoculated.(60)
�And when they gave two �shots,� one for each of these, they discovered a second paratyphoid, so to be scientific, they called them �A� and �B�.
�And, as �scientists� must always be �scientific,� they then gave the boys three �shots�, one for each of the above diseases, whereupon they found a fourth �disease��INFLUENZA�and the world�s highest recorded death rate in that! The Surgeon General of the A.E.F. said of this �Influenza�:
�The ordinary clinical picture of typhoid paratyphoid is very frequently profoundly modified in vaccinated individuals� . . . �intestinal types of supposed influenza should always be considered as possible typhoid until proven otherwise.� . . . �vaccination is a partial protection only and must be reinforced by sanitary measures.�(61)" [End Quoting]

Thank you for all your work Mr.Makow.

Jean from Hungary said (December 5, 2006):

Once again you pointed out something real big. We know that the NWO "elites" are openly supporting a massive depopulation agenda and, thus, something is certainly being cooked on that purpose. Everybody fears that it could be the "bird flu" and is surprised that it did not "work" until today. Personally, I`m afraid the next "Spanish flu" virus is ready to be unleashed but wasn`t yet.

Could it be that the "bird flu" is only a preparatory phase in that it is going to justify massive vaccinations which would protect or, on the contrary, sensibilise selected populations to a still secret and unleashed WMD virus? Such a selective targeting could be necessary considering that the physically deficient urbanised western populations` immune system is certainly weaker than that of the Arab or Asian populations whom the global "elites" want probably to get rid of in particular.

This didn`t appear in the international medias but, a few months ago, the current Hungarian government was bragging about funding a miracle vaccine against the "bird flu ". Some of the ministers of this government have even "tested" it in front of the TV cameras (?!).

Strangely, this miracle vaccine never appeared on the international market and went unnoticed by the World Health Organisation. Even stranger is that, when some journalists asked the government about the destiny of this miracle vaccine likely to save mankind from a "bird flu" plague, they were answered that it was not the business of the government to bring it to the populations and that of an obscure private company was charged to sell it at the best price and... that an Iraqi billionaire bought it already for use in the Middle East. Sure, I`m a conspiracy nut...

PS ...And do not forget the depleted uranium everlasting dust clouds offered to the Middle East in the "anti-terrorist" Gulf war packages. Many million Arab and Iranian people will probably die of it in the coming years. Many Israeli people too, of course, since the zionist wall cannot filtrate the DU dust... Are the Israelis a sacrificial lamb to the NWO? I mean those many who are too poor to ever leave the region.

Jennifer said (December 4, 2006):

Look up the herb "Boneset", it was used by locals to survive the Spanish Flu. I tell people to go buy Boneset, St.John'sWort and Goldenseal at a reliable health food store,which will protect them from the man-made bird flu shortly coming to devastate most of mankinds' indigenoius/poor people world-wide. I'm Shawnee, many of us know what's to come.

Bob said (December 4, 2006):

Superb essay, Henry. A whole book could be written about elite depopulation measures, perhaps by you. Even the deliberate delay in responding to the New Orleans Katrina calamity serves as an example. It's a bad time to be a "useless eater".

The most outrageous case, I believe, was the development of the AIDs virus, as endorsed by Richard Nixon, at Fort Deitrick, Maryland. While much material on this is to be found, considerable effort is necessary. Surely, the elites found the widespread deaths of black Africans to be a bonus.

Jocelyn said (December 3, 2006):

I think that Heinrich Mueller is very credible, and accurately reported what he had heard at the 1944 conference. But I do not think that his source, General Schreiber, is credible. First of all, the context of the comment: it was made at a bacterial warfare conference. The Nazis had every reason to lie, if that might help to convince anyone in the room who might be squeamish about what they themselves were doing. Secondly, Schreiber�s description of the �double blow� was all wrong. He says the first blow attacked the immune system. In actual fact, it was people with STRONG, not weak immune systems, who died of the Spanish Flu. Thirdly, Schreiber says that a British scientist developed that flu. So how did the Flu get out of control in the US? Here I am looking at motive and opportunity. The United States was not in WW1 until 1917. Germany, Britain and the rest of the combatants had been at war since 1914. If the British had developed the Flu as a weapon, it makes more sense that they would have tested it in Canada or France, because if they killed a few colonials or Frenchmen, so what? I can�t see the British taking the chance of offending the Americans.

My feeling about Spanish Flu as a weapon of war, is that it was most likely a natural flu, and if used as a weapon, it was AFTER it had become epidemic, to kill selected high-level enemy targets. If the British used it, it�s too bad they didn�t get the Kaiser with it. I think it�s more likely that the Germans themselves used it. Kaiser Bill was a very nasty piece of work, and his own grandmother, Queen Victoria, had not been able to tolerate him. The Kaiser did not hesitate to use mustard gas, chlorine gas, and other chemical weapons, so why not bacteriological weapons? I can imagine it being approved for use after the US joined in 1917, and the tide of war turned against Germany.

By the way, I do not think that the Spanish Flu recombined at any point, with Sin Nombre or other hantaviruses, although that was what the writer of the book thought. Recent research has shown that the Flu was a nasty killer all by itself, like the current deadly bird flu. The SARS flu of a couple years ago, is similar in that it was also hemorrhagic. Dr. Patricia Doyle got it, and survived. I recommend her Emerging Diseases Message Board at She also has a number of excellent articles archived at, which can be searched for under �Patricia Doyle�.

In the meantime, if you want to know more about recombination of viruses,
check out the website,

Tim said (December 3, 2006):

Interesting article but from what I've seen so far a lot of Heinrich Mueller's information is second hand (hearsay). Until we find out what
the first hand witnesses & participants said it is very much speculation. Interesting and it fits a lot of other circumstantial information but still in the speculation category.

I remember a story on Nova a couple of years ago where they were looking at the 1917/18 epidemic and there was an allied camp (in Belgium I believe) where the British had setup a farm to feed the troops. Lots of pigs, chickens and humans living in close quarters.

They showed doctors reports from late 1915 and early 1916 that showed the same symptoms and pathologies as the later world wide outbreaks.

A more likely scenario is that some "genius" in the military thought it would be great to weaponize it and took samples back to the US
where it broke out of confinement.

A secondary scenario is that it was developed earlier and then they just needed the right cover to release it. Intentionally released to
thin out the herds in a place that could have given rise to it naturally (great cover for diabolical work!). Like a densely packed farm.

It doesn't matter if it hits your troops first because it will infect all quick enough. Especially in a war where territory and animals
change hands frequently. That and the fact that the western front wasn't really that important. It was the east and destroying ruling
imperial families of Russia and Germany that was the real agenda.


Thanks. Funny how you accept PBS (NOVA) which is funded by the elite but not Mueller which is suppressed by them.


Bob said (December 3, 2006):

Just saw your piece on the "Spanish" Flu, and agree with ALL of your conclusions. But I doubt that very many people in this day and age will "see" the hands of the NWO behind something that happened so "long" ago. What is needed are constant reminders that people with strong immune systems need no other defenses against the latest NWO "threat", whether the strains are man-made, weaponized, or natural.

Darleen said (December 2, 2006):

There is absolutely NO DOUBT in my mind that viruses, such as AIDS, are created in THEIR laboratories, by THEIR scientists and introduced into society as a means to control the population. Targeting the ethnic groups which they consider expendible and "useless eaters" such as the "towelheads" they are killing in
Iraq and the "darkies" they starve and plaque with
diseases in Africa.

Is it merely "luck" that those whom WE SERVE never
seem to succumb to the diseases that they spread? Is it merely "good fortune" that they escape the horrible suffering of diseases such as cancer for which they will never find a cure, but continue to milk us of donations for research. I'm sure the heads of many of these organizations skim from the top, line their pockets with our gifts and, if drugs and pornography aren't bringing in enough "dough" to fund their black
operations, they have another resource at their

Ed said (December 2, 2006):

There is an article in "The Lancet", published in the 80's, which accuses the USSR of developing Aids.
A month later a medical journal in the USSR published an article stating that Aids was developed from a pneumonia virus in a laboratory in Maryland.
I was told this by a retired blood specialist.
He was an expert witness at a case in California during which he was approached by two former CIA employees who had taken infected blood to Africa to spread the disease. With the lack of hygiene in Africa the disease spread very rapidly. They were deeply ashamed of what they had done. Although they wanted to "come clean", no one would publish the story.
The doctor told me that he only dare talk about it, and question the party line that aids came from monkeys, because he was retired.
Aids was introduced into the UK from the US by Terence Higgins. His "partner" was the son of a virologist(!) who also died. The virologist put up the money to start the Terence Higgins Trust.
I do not know if all of this is true or not, it is only what I have been told, but it certainly agrees with what you say in your article.

David said (December 2, 2006):

Well done here Henry; although, despite the overwhelming body of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary: by & large -- the great majority of people out there still believe in the good tooth fairy.

Quite frankly, I am convinced that the vast majority of the world's population will only wake-up to what is really going on here on planet Earth, is once the flames of hell are liking at their feet.

Tony said (December 2, 2006):

I don't believe anything that has Gregory Douglas's name attached to it. The man, to my knowledge, has no credibility whatsoever.

I don't know about the flu but I do know that it is flat not true that the Germans in W2 "deliberately introduced typhus into Russian POW camps." When the hordes flooded into eastern Europe from the Soviet they brought typhus with them which had originated in the Asian part of
the Soviet, spreading it everywhere. It was in the German POW camps that typhus killed many inmates, including the girl with the diary -
forget her name. Typhus ran wild because all the people, those in camps and those not, were already half starved and weak due to allied bombing of the railroads which prevented food from being shipped to them. This was common knowledge after the war, even in the U.S.

Thanks Tony,

Your reaction is generally typical of people who have not bothered to read Mueller's Diary and Interrogation. Generally hoaxes don;t run to thousands of pages of consistent, witty and incredibly informed material. As for the typhus, In your view, the Nazis were incapable of anything unethical. Then you might be happy to learn that Mueller claims less than a half million died in the camps, only half Jews and those by typhus, an assertion I challenge.


Howard said (December 2, 2006):

George Bush has dumped 4.5 Billion grams of Radioactive waste all over Iraq. Yes, American weapons are tipped with Uranium a deadly radioactive poisonous material in defiance of the Geneva Convention. The usage of poisoned bullets and bombs is a direct violation of the Geneva Convention and is a WAR CRIME. 350,000 or almost 3 out of every 5 soldiers that served in the first Bush Iraq War is now out on DISABILITY because of Gulf War syndrome. During that First Gulf War Only one tenth of the poisonous and deadly radioactive Uranium 238 laced with Uranium 235, Uranium 236 and Plutonium was spread in Iraq as in the Current Bush Iraq War. This Time a Bush has spread 10 times as much destruction. Thanks to George W Bush If you serve in Iraq you will breathe, eat, drink and absorb thru your skin radioactive waste since Uranium Bullets and bombs burn and become a fine dust which is spread everywhere. And Courtesy of George Bush In the next 14 years 3 out of 5 of you will have cancers and other disabilites that will plague you for the rest of your lives.

Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at