The Origins of the Bush Regime in Hitler’s Third Reich

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Len Hart

Germany may have lost the war but the Bush family transplanted Nazi ideology to American soil where it took root and thrived. The history of the rise of the Bush family is a history of how Nazi ideology rose up like a Phoenix in its new ‘homeland’ –America. It will be tragic if the final triumph of Nazi ideology should prove to have been the stolen election of George W. Bush.

It’s up to the American people to write a new and final chapter and right the wrongs that a transplanted Nazi ideology has visited upon us and the world. During World War II, the Bush family betrayed America, helped finance Adolph Hitler, and laid the groundwork for the creation of the CIA.

On Oct. 20, 1942, the US government ordered the seizure of Nazi German banking operations in New York City which were being conducted by Prescott Bush. Some ten months after the US had entered WWII, as America prepared a first assault against the Nazi military machine, Prescott Bush, the shrub’s Grandfather, was managing partner of Brown Brothers Harriman. His 18-year-old son George, the future US President, had just begun training to become a naval pilot.

US forces landed under fire near Algiers on Nov. 8, 1942; heavy combat raged throughout November. Nazi interests in the Silesian-American Corporation, long managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law George Herbert Walker, were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act on Nov. 17, 1942. In this action, the government announced that it was seizing only the Nazi interests, leaving the Nazis’ US partners to carry on the business.

These and other actions taken by the US government in wartime were, tragically, too little and too late. President Bush’s family had already played a central role in financing and arming Adolf Hitler for his takeover of Germany; in financing and managing the buildup of Nazi war industries for the conquest of Europe and war against the USA.; and in the development of Nazi genocide theories and racial propaganda, with their well-known results.

The facts presented here must be known, and their implications reflected upon, for a proper understanding of President George Herbert Walker Bush and of the danger to mankind that he represents. The President’s family fortune was largely a result of the Hitler project. The powerful Anglo-American family associations, which later boosted him into the Central Intelligence Agency and up to the White House, were his father’s partners in the Hitler project.

President Franklin Roosevelt’s Alien Property Custodian, Leo T. Crowley, signed Vesting Order Number 248 seizing the property of Prescott Bush under the Trading with the Enemy Act. The order, published in obscure government record books and kept out of the news, explained nothing about the Nazis involved; only that the Union Banking Corporation was run for the “ Thyssen family ” of “ Germany and/or Hungary ”–“ nationals … of a designated enemy country. ”

By deciding that Prescott Bush and the other directors of the Union Banking Corp. were legally front men for the Nazis, the government avoided the more important historical issue: In what way were Hitler’s Nazis themselves hired, armed and instructed by the New York and London clique of which Prescott Bush was an executive manager? Let us examine the Harriman-Bush Hitler project from the 1920s until it was partially broken up, to seek an answer for that question.

George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin, Chapter – II – The Hitler Project

While Americans in general opposed involvement in foreign wars, American industrialists were not inclined to turn down a quick buck. While Americans were at war with Hitler, it is not stretch to say that the American corporate establishment was ideologically sympathetic to Hitler –his cause, his war aims, his partnership with big corporations like I.G. Farben, Thyssen, Krupp and other big corporations, including American companies, who financed Adolph Hitler. [See: Who Financed Adolf Hitler?]

On December 20, 1922 the New York Times reported4 that automobile manufacturer Henry Ford was financing Adolph Hitler’s nationalist and anti-Semitic movements in Munich. Simultaneously, the Berlin newspaper Berliner Tageblatt appealed to the American Ambassador in Berlin to investigate and halt Henry Ford’s intervention into German domestic affairs. It was reported that Hitler’s foreign backers had furnished a “spacious headquarters” with a “host of highly paid lieutenants and officials.” Henry Ford’s portrait was prominently displayed on the walls of Hitler’s personal office:

Henry Ford and the Nazis

Opposition to US involvement in World War II is most often linked to Charles Lindbergh.

However, most AFC supporters were neither liberal, nor Socialist. Many simply wanted to stay out of the war. Since many also came from the Midwest, an area never as sensitive to European problems as the east coast, isolationist arguments was soon buttressed by more traditional prejudices against eastern industrial and banking interests. (Almost two-thirds of the Committee’s 850,000 registered supporters would eventually come from the Midwest, mostly from a radius of three hundred miles around Chicago.)[13] Many AFC supporters were certain industry and the banks wanted war for their own profit.[14] Many other supporters were Republicans who flocked to the AFC for partisan political reasons. [or treasons?] Still others were covertly pro-German. Some were German-Americans whose sentimental attachments had not been diminished by the crimes of the Nazi regime. Others, whether of German origin or not, were attracted to Hitler’s racism and anti-Semitism.

–David Gordon, America First:the Anti-War Movement, Charles Lindbergh and the Second World War, 1940-1941, History Department, Bronx Community College / CUNY Graduate Center

Ideologically, Bush and Lindbergh have much in common. It is no stretch to imagine this faction welcoming a Hitler victory in Europe, perhaps plotting a Nazi coup d’etat in the US had Hitler won in Europe. Certainly, Presscott Bush had planned a coup intended to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictatorship. It would appear that where Prescott Bush failed, his idiot grandson succeeded. [BBC: US Businessman (Prescott Bush) Planned Fascist Coup in US ]

Lindbergh wanted Hitler to destroy the Soviet Union, and was willing to accept Nazi domination of Europe as the price.[118] His protests to the contrary are not convincing.[119] Long before most Committee members, he had come to believe the existence of the Soviet Union had made Hitler’s dictatorship necessary. The German invasion of Russia in June 1941 made the need to keep America out of the war greater than ever. As a result, the efforts of America Firsters to keep America neutral became more frenetic as German successes in Russia mounted, and Roosevelt’s efforts to enter the war increased.

–David Gordon, America First:the Anti-War Movement, Charles Lindbergh and the Second World War, 1940-1941, History Department, Bronx Community College / CUNY Graduate Center

Lindbergh opposed US entry into WWII for the same reasons the Bush family continued to do business with Hitler and the Nazis’ after war had begun. The Bush family were Hitler’s trading partners.

The debate over Prescott Bush’s behavior has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the “Bush/Nazi” connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis’ plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler’s rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty.


Three sets of archives spell out Prescott Bush’s involvement. All three are readily available, thanks to the efficient US archive system and a helpful and dedicated staff at both the Library of Congress in Washington and the National Archives at the University of Maryland.

The first set of files, the Harriman papers in the Library of Congress, show that Prescott Bush was a director and shareholder of a number of companies involved with Thyssen.

The second set of papers, which are in the National Archives, are contained in vesting order number 248 which records the seizure of the company assets. What these files show is that on October 20 1942 the alien property custodian seized the assets of the UBC, of which Prescott Bush was a director. Having gone through the books of the bank, further seizures were made against two affiliates, the Holland-American Trading Corporation and the Seamless Steel Equipment Corporation. By November, the Silesian-American Company, another of Prescott Bush’s ventures, had also been seized. —

British Guardian: How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

By now it is common knowledge, verified in the public record, that in October of 1942, Prescott Bush was accused of “Running Nazi front groups in the United States”. He was charged under the Trading With the Enemy Act as the US government shut down the operations at New York’s Union Banking Corporation.

Bush’s actions might have been considered high treason. They are interesting by virtue of the myriad connections about what is commonly referred to as the “Bush Crime FAmily” –Avril Harriman, the Rockefellers, Allen Dulles, James Baker III, Gulf Oil, Pennzoil, and ominously, Osama bin Laden. The connections are labyrinthine, involving a host of corporate connections, high ranking Nazis, the CIA and Allen Dulles.

More recently, we have learned of yet more Bush family treasons. It has been learned that Prescott Bush, the “President’s” grandfather, was involved in a fascist coup attempt to overthrow the government of the United States.

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

–William Bowles, The Bush Family Saga

Now the cat is out of the bag, Bush apologists would have you believe that the Bush/Nazi nexus is long over. Not so! Documents in The National Archives and Library of Congress confirm that the Bush family continued ‘Nazi’ dealings well into 1951. GWB’s grandfather, Prescott Bush and his ‘Nazi’ colleagues –a ‘secret web of Thyssen-controlled ventures’ –routinely attempted to conceal their activities from government investigators. This web including former New York Governor W. Averell Harriman and younger brother, E. Roland Harriman and the New York private banking firm of Brown Brothers Harriman, presided over a ‘quarter-century [1924-1951] of Nazi financial transactions. These activities included a financial relationship with the German city of Hanover and several industrial concerns. They went undetected by investigators until after World War Two.

The sub-plot is equally interesting. Allen Dulles found a ‘young Naval Officer’ who was in charge of captured Nazi documents that would have revealed Dulles to have been a traitor to the United States. The ‘young Naval officer’ eagerly sold out, agreeing to bury the documents if Dulles would finance the young man’s first political campaign. The ‘young Naval officer’ was Richard Nixon. The timeline of this infamy records that in 1946, Richard Nixon defeated Jerry Voohris for congress and he did it by selling out to Allen Dulles, a prominent figure in the Bush/Nazi axis of bankers and Nazis. In 1950, however, Prescott Bush lost his race because of the Nazi company he kept –the American eugenics movement.

At about this same time, Project Paperclip began importing Nazis into the US. The CIA recruited five of Adolph Eichmann’s Nazi assistants. This information came to light only as the result of a lengthy battle waged by the non-profit group –The National Security Archive. It’s mission statement is to ‘expose government documents under the framework of the Freedom of Information Act’.

The newly-revealed documents are based on internal investigations in the CIA’s history department. The agency has steadfastly refused to make the documents public for fear they would cause embarrassment.

The revelations cast a negative light not only on American intelligence activity but also the US Army’s conduct in Germany at the conclusion of the war. The military made efforts to recruit members of the SS and the Gestapo into its ranks despite simultaneously waging a campaign of de-Nazification over vanquished Germany, a process which included arresting and trying Nazi war criminals.

The documents also reveal in great detail CIA efforts to recruit Reinhard Gehlen, who was the Wermacht’s chief intelligence officer for the eastern front during the war. The recruitment evolved into a new intelligence sub-organization known as “Gehlen’s Organization,” which served as the basis for what would later become West Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst
(BND).

According to the new findings, Gehlen’s Organization employed a number of Gestapo and SS officials. Gehlen and his senior associates secretly operated out of a building with the knowledge of the American occupation forces.
Documents reveal CIA recruited five of Eichmann’s associates

The documents were discovered in internal investigations by the CIA’s history department; they had been kept secret for fear ‘they might cause ’embarrassment’, or cast the agency in a ‘negative light’. It is not only the CIA but efforts by the US army to recruit former Nazis –SS and Gestapo members –that justifies the charge of high treason throughout the ranks of the American ‘intelligence community’ and the Pentagon. After all, the US went to a great deal of trouble to prosecute high ranking Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. Justice Robert Jackson presided over an historic trial that, in the face of history and precedent, dared to bring ‘war criminals’ to account for crimes in a court of law.

The most tragic chapter is being written at the very moment you read this. Whether or not Jackson’s historic achievement at Nuremberg will stand depends upon whether or not the Bush regime gets away with the crimes of aggressive war and crimes against humanity. Hermann Goring called the Nuremberg trials “victor’s justice”. George Bush, like Goring at Nuremberg, places himself about this nation’s historic committment to international justice. If the illegitimate regime regime of George W. Bush is allowed to get away with the crimes charged Nazi defendants at the end of WWII, then Bush’s legacy will be that he proved a Nazi –Hermann Goring –to have been absolutely correct. That is, there has been no crime, there has been no war, there has been no slain.

It is against such a background that these defendants now ask this Tribunal to say that they are not guilty of planning, executing, or conspiring to commit this long list of crimes and wrongs. They stand before the record of this Trial as bloodstained Gloucester stood by the body of his slain king. He begged of the widow, as they beg of you: “Say I slew them not.” And the Queen replied, “Then say they were not slain. But dead they are…” If you were to say of these men that they are not guilty, it would be as true to say that there has been no war, there are no slain, there has been no crime.

Summation for the Prosecution by Justice Robert Jackson Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, July 26, 1946

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