"Otto Skorzeny was a Mossad assassin?" Topic
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|GarrisonMiniatures ||31 Mar 2016 8:06 a.m. PST|
'Adolf Hitler's most decorated and favoured S.S. killer was signed up by the Israeli secret service Mossad after WW2 as a hitman charged with eliminating former Nazi rocket scientists.'
Definitely comes under the weird heading.
|Winston Smith ||31 Mar 2016 9:27 a.m. PST|
That, if true, is just plain bizarre.
If this appeared in a work of fiction, I would definitely throw it against the wall and use the pages for charcoal kindling.
|Buff Orpington ||31 Mar 2016 11:17 a.m. PST|
It appears that he had a straight choice, work for us or else.
| enfant perdus ||31 Mar 2016 12:29 p.m. PST|
I heard this on the radio yesterday and literally did a double take. The linked story doesn't mention how utterly unrepentant Skorzeny was. It's interesting that Haaretz relates his behavior at Yad Vashem as "respectful"; his Mossad handlers noted it more as complete indifference.
|VCarter ||31 Mar 2016 1:51 p.m. PST|
The part of the story that just doesn't ring true to me is that they said Skorzeny actually went to Israel. If I were him I would have kindly bowed out expecting a trap.
| 20thmaine ||31 Mar 2016 2:52 p.m. PST|
Heard this on the radio as well – it did mention that at his funeral "old comrades" gave him a Nazi salute as a "mark of respect". It is pretty bizarre – I almost checked the date (although I think this would be a bit too far for an April Fools!).
|Buff Orpington ||01 Apr 2016 1:05 p.m. PST|
The article in the Times made no mention of him going to Israel, Mossad apparently tracked him down in Spain.
| enfant perdus ||01 Apr 2016 3:21 p.m. PST|
He wasn't a wanted criminal at the time, so he lived openly in Spain and Ireland. They did approach him in Spain, and were able to convince him they wanted to recruit rather than kill him.
Other than the cringy detail about the Iron Cross being the highest award, this is a good listen:
|Parzival||03 Apr 2016 6:26 p.m. PST|
He would have been the perfect agent for them. If caught, nobody would believe they'd recruited him or that he'd agreed to do the job. If killed, he'd be just another dead Nazi who had it coming. No loss, counts as a win.
But still a bizarre story.