"The stand-ins for Bormann were two unfortunates from Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen, who had been killed gently
in the Gestapo basement secret chambers with cyanide spray blown from a cigarette lighter. . . ."
by Paul Manning
While serving in his capacity as director of security for the Bormann organization--the Nazi Party in exile and its economic infrastructure--Heinrich Mueller worked closely with US intelligence, the CIA, in particular.
The Bormann organization had many commercial and political links to [Washington] and real clout was available should the chase become too hot. The CIA could have pulled aside the gray curtain that obscured Bormann--at any time. But the CIA and Mueller's crack organization of former SS men found it to their mutual advantage to cooperate in many situations. There is no morality in the sense that most of us know it in the strange world of professional secrecy, and when it was to the advantage of each to work together they did so.
As might be surmised, Mueller's operatives also worked with the organization of Reinhard Gehlen. Even General Gehlen, when he was chief of the Federal Republic's [Germany] intelligence service, sent his agents to confer with General Heinrich Mueller in South America. (Ibid.; p. 274.)
Bormann's personal influence in Germany proper was exemplified ... In 1971, when he summoned the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, then Walter Scheel, and the latter's wife Mildred, to Bolivia, whence they quickly returned to Europe with a newly adopted one-year-old boy who bore the first name Simon-Martin. The child, now eleven years of age, is being reared and educated in one of Germany's most influential families. The belief is, of course, that he is a son of Martin Bormann, who insisted that this child of his old age be brought up as an upper-class German in his fatherland and receive appropriate advantages befitting a son of the leading Nazi.(Ibid.; p. 291.)
The Bormann group maintains effective control over the German economy.
Atop an organizational pyramid that dominates the industry of West Germany through banks, voting rights enjoyed by majority shareholders in significant cartels, and the professional input of a relatively young leadership group of lawyers, investment specialists, bankers, and industrialists, [Bormann] is satisfied that he achieved his aim of helping the Fatherland back on its feet. To ensure continuity of purpose and direction, a close watch is maintained on the profit statements and management reports of corporations under its control elsewhere. This leadership group of twenty, which is in fact a board of directors, is chaired by Bormann, but power has shifted to the younger men who will carry on the initiative that grew from that historic meeting in Strasbourg on August 10, 1944.
Old Heinrich Mueller, chief of security for the NSDAP in South America, is the most feared of all, having the power of life and death over those deemed not to be acting in the best interests of the organization. Some still envision a Fourth Reich. . .What will not pass is the economic influences of the Bormann organization, whose commercial directives are obeyed almost without question by the highest echelons of West German finance and industry. 'All orders come from the shareholders in South America,' I have been told by a spokesman for Martin Bormann. (Ibid.; pp. 284-5.)
The Bormann group's enormous influence has led to an effective cover-up over the years.. . .Were he to emerge, it would embarrass the governments that assisted in his escape, the industrial and financial leaders who benefited from his acumen and transferred their capital to neutral nations in the closing days of World War II, and the businessmen of four continents who profited from the 750 corporations he established throughout the world as depositories of money, patents, bearer bonds, and shares in blue chip industries of the United States and Europe. . .
When I penetrated the silence cloaking this story, after countless interviews and laborious research in German and American archives for revealing documents of World War II, I knew that the Bormann saga of flight capital and his escape to South America was really true. It had been covered up by an unparalleled manipulation of public opinion and the media.
The closer I got to the truth, the more quiet attention I received from the forces surrounding and protecting Martin Bormann, and also from those who had a direct interest in halting my investigation. Over the period of years it took to research this book, I was the object of diligent observation by squads of Gestapo agents dispatched from South America by General 'Gestapo' Mulller, who directs all security matters for Martin Bormann, Nazi in exile, and his organization, the most remarkable business group anywhere in the secret world of today. Mueller's interest in me, an American journalist, confirmed the truth of my many interviews and my ongoing investigation. . .
There are also those in international government and business who have attempted to stop my forward movement on this investigation. In Germany, France, England, and the United States, too many leaders in government and finance still adhere to Winston Churchill's statement to his Cabinet in 1943 'In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies' . . . Oddly, I encountered less resistance from Martin Bormann and his aging peers than I did from the cover-up groups in West Germany, Paris, London, Washington, and Wall Street. (Ibid.; pp. 11-12.)
In response to investigations that revealed Bormann's escape and postwar activities, the German government arranged for a DNA testing of the remains--supposedly of Bormann--that were found in Berlin in the 1970's. The DNA tests were never independently verified and the remains that were supposed to be Bormann's were disposed of in a secret location, precluding the possibility of future verification of the test.
The corpses placed in the ruins of Berlin were, in fact, concentration camp inmates whose dental work was meticulously altered under the supervision of Dr. Hugo Blaschke, Hitler and Bormann's personal dentist. The inmates' dental work was made identical to Bormann's, right down to the wear and aging of the oral architecture.
The inmates were then killed, and their remains buried in the rubble of Berlin. These corpses were the remains found--and tested--by the German government to "verify" Bormann's supposed death in World War II!
. . . A deception plan for Bormann had been completed by Mueller in Berlin. Tops in police work and crafty beyond imagining, he provided for a matching skeleton and skull, complete with identical dental work, for future forensic experts to ponder over and to reach conclusions that suited his purpose. . . . When Heinrich Mueller visited Sachsenhausen he walked through the engraving, printing, and document areas looking for any inmates who might resemble Bormann.
In one, he noticed two individuals who did bear a resemblance in stature and facial structure to the Reichsleiter. He had them placed in separate confinement. Thereupon, a special dental room was made ready for "treatment" of the two men. A party dentist was brought in to work over and over again on the mouth of each man, until his teeth, real and artificial, matched precisely the Reichsleiter's. In April 1945, upon completion of these alterations, the two victimized men were brought to the Kurfuerstenstrasse building to be held until needed.
Dr. Blaschke had advised Mueller to use live inmates to insure a believable aging process for dentures and gums; hence the need for several months of preparation. Exact dental fidelity was to play a major part in the identification of Hitler's body by the invading Russians. It was to be of significance in Frankfurt twenty-eight years later, when the West German government staged a press conference to declare that they had 'found Bormann's skeleton proving he had died in Berlin's freight yards May 1-2, 1945.' Dr. Hugo Blaschke was the dentist who had served both Hitler and Bormann. . . . In Bormann's case, the problem was more complex, more challenging.
Yet under Mueller's skillful guidance, two bodies were planted; their discovery was made possible when an SS man, acting on Mueller's orders, leaked the information to a Stern magazine editor as part of a ploy to "prove" that Bormann had died in the Berlin freight yard.
The stand-ins for Bormann were two unfortunates from Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen, who had been killed gently in the Gestapo basement secret chambers with cyanide spray blown from a cigarette lighter. . . .
At Gestapo headquarters, the night of April 30, the bodies were taken by a special SS team to the freight yards near the Weidendamm Bridge and buried not too deep beneath rubble in two different areas. The Gestapo squad then made a hurried retreat from Berlin, joining their leader, SS Senior General Heinrich Mueller, in Flensburg.
The funeral and burial caper was to be a Mueller trademark throughout the years of searching for Martin Bormann. The Mossad was to point out that they have been witnesses over the years to the exhumation of six skeletons, two in Berlin and four in South America, purported to be that of Martin Bormann. All turned out to be those of others . . .