As I promised in my previous post, An Exchange with Gary Krupp, we will see how much credibility is to be given to SS General Karl Wolff's afffidavit asserting that there existed a plot by Hitler to kidnap Pope Pius XII.
[Here is an English translation of this affidavit 'The affidavit of General Karl Wolff, German commander in Italy, testifying of the plan he was ordered to develop, by Hitler, to kidnap Pope Pius XII which can be found on The Pave the Way Foundation Website Documents page.]
SS Obergruppenfuhrer Karl Wolff, Heinrich Himmler's one-time chief of staff, was Higher SS and Police Leader in Italy when he negotiated the early secret surrender of a million German and Italian Fascist soldiers with the US Office of Strategic Services Swiss agent Allen Dulles. These secret negotiations and eventual surrender on 2 May 1945 became known as 'Operation Sunrise.'
After the War, Allen Dulles carefully presented to the world a picture of Wolff as an idealistic soldier who risked his life to spare thousands of combat-related deaths in Northern Italy while at the same time presenting himself as skilfully bringing the negotiations to fruition.
'Operation Sunrise' secured the future of both Dulles and Wolff. Dulles because he was later appointed CIA head under the Eisenhower Administration, and Wolff because he did not have to face trial at Nuremberg despite overwhelming evidence of his complicity in the Holocaust.
In a review of Michael Salter's work Nazi War Crimes: Intelligence Agencies and Selective Legal Accountability, Norman J. Goda of the Department of History at Ohio University had this to say:
to be continued...