1975

► July 5th. A memorial service was held at the Madrid cemetery with the participation of tastefully dressed old men who had iron crosses pinned to their rigid collars. Similar signs bore sashes on the wreaths. Gathered man remained in silence over the grave for longer period of time. Than they raised they hands and saluted - Heil!

Otto Skorzeny in his office in Madrid, 01.01.1964 (source:   http://ww2-militarystore.yolasite.com/otto-skorzenys--unternehmen-eiche.php  )

Otto Skorzeny in his office in Madrid, 01.01.1964 (source: http://ww2-militarystore.yolasite.com/otto-skorzenys--unternehmen-eiche.php)

The deceased was known in Spain as Robert Steinbauer owner of the lucrative company "Export-Import Immobilen" but in fact Otto Skorzeny was Obersturmbannführer-SS, an ace of German intelligence, "Hitler's favorite commando". He was a member of the NSDAP, in Waffen SS since 1932 and since 1934 in the SD security service. He was a recognized war criminal, former prisoner of the US Army, pursued by Allied courts. In 1948 Skorzeny escaped from the internment camp in Darmstadt to Argentina where he worked as Eva Peron's bodyguard. Later he was hiding using following names: Dr. Wolff in Hungary, Solar in Germany and Belgium, Mr. Eable and Mr. Sible in the USA, Rolf Steiner in Germany, Pablo Lerno in Switzerland, France and Italy, Muller and Antonio Scorba in Austria and since 1955 in Spain as Robert Steinbauer.

Otto Skorzeny (left) and Juan Domingo Peron, Buenos Aires, 1954 (source:  http://www.taringa.net/posts/imagenes/18338264/Juan-D-Peron-y-el-general-de-la-SS-Otto-Skorzeny.html )

Otto Skorzeny (left) and Juan Domingo Peron, Buenos Aires, 1954 (source: http://www.taringa.net/posts/imagenes/18338264/Juan-D-Peron-y-el-general-de-la-SS-Otto-Skorzeny.html)

For many years Otto Skorzeny was an active correspondent for the German press accredited by the Franco Ministry of Information. He was openly spreading Nazi propaganda. He wrote a book titled "Unknown War" which was an apotheosis of Nazism. His memoirs "Geheimkommando Skorzeny" was published in Germany. He gave interviews. He spoke with pride about the war. Skorzeny often traveled to Ireland where he was warmly welcomed. He purchased there a 160-acre estate in Curragh, Kildare County. It was in one of the meetings of the local association of literature and history in Ireland on 31 August 1960 where he was asked if he was confident that Hitler was dead, Skorzeny replied: "I declare that the best proof that the Fuhrer is indeed dead is the fact that I'm here. If he was alive, I'd be with him."

Otto Skorzeny founded the organization called "Stinna" (Spider) that aimed to help former criminals to get a full rehabilitation or flee abroad, mostly to Spain. In the 70s Otto Skorzeny was an idol for the German youth. Three days after his death on 8 July "Deutsche National Zeitung" printed a special note for Skorzeny: "faithful to the grave" admirer of Hitler, "he served the West to the end", his "march will continue". A month later the same newspaper devoted a full-page article titled "Otto Skorzeny - a portrait of a hero". Otto Skorzeny was never bothered by the German justice system. On the contrary - he found there support, protection and money. He often traveled back to Germany. And in May 1975 he was hospitalized in the Heidelberg clinic.
► The first edition of the famous book by Krzysztof Kąkolewski "Co u Pana slychac?" was published, it was a collection of interviews with 10 Nazi criminals guilty of serious crimes. Each of them was tried and everyone was acquitted. During the interviews with Kąkolewski in the mid-70s they all felt safe, held high social positions and enjoyed the respect of German society. One of the them was a German writer, anthropologist, a member of the Nazi organization Ahnenerbe - SS-Obersturmführer Hans Fleischhacker. This Nazi "research" organization was founded in 1935 as Studiengesellschaft für Geistesurgeschichte, Deutsches Ahnenerbe e.V. (Society for Research on Spiritual Legacy of German Ancestral Heritage). At the beginning of 1939 the organization was incorporated into SS. During World War II Ahnenerbe supported the medical experiments performed on concentration camp prisoners and conducted planned looting of scientific and cultural heritage in the countries occupied by the Third Reich. After the war Ahnenerbe was recognized as a criminal organization by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. In 1942 Hans Fleischhacker together with Bruno Beger ran a "racial research" in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp where they were conducting a racial selection and anthropological research on prisoners. Fleischhacker personally chose 115 prisoners who were later murdered so they could become exhibits in the Museum of Breed in Strasbourg.

Prisoner Jerzy Grenda (source:  http://uczyc-sie-z-historii.pl/pl/projekty/zobacz/9 )

After the war Fleischhacker worked as a biology and anthropology professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He collaborated with the University of El Salvador and University of Anthropology in Tübingen.

Bruno Berger and Hans Fleischhacker (source:  http://scanpix.no/ )

Bruno Berger and Hans Fleischhacker (source: http://scanpix.no/)

Fleischhacker tried to convince Kąkolewski that his work in Auschwitz did not differ in any way from the one he was doing afterwards. He was even showing him documents and forms used in his scientific work - which he claimed didn't differ from those of Auschwitz. Hans Fleischhacker had nothing to feel sorry for.